Monday, January 3, 2011

Syracuse Defeats #15 Notre Dame 70-58 on New Years Day

It was one of the toughest tests so far this season for the Orangemen, and they responded just like we would have hoped. Notre Dame, who came to the Carrier Dome ranked 15th in the nation and coming off a victory against #9 Georgetown just days earlier, was dispatched of seemingly effortlessly by Syracuse and their trusted 2-3 zone. Notre Dame, who averages 78.8 points per game (31st best in the nation), was held to just 58 points during the New Years Day matinee.

Kris Joseph once again lead the Orangemen in scoring with 18 points on 8 of 17 shooting from the floor. While Joseph played a great game, it was Scoop Jardine who stole the show. Scoop had 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting and handed out 9 assists during the game, however lost on the scorers sheet is the schoolyard moves Scoop was handing out all night on the Fightin' Irish.

Scoop made it look like he was back on the playground, knocking down acrobatic shots and just schooling his defenders as he drove the lane. The one down side to Scoop's performance Saturday afternoon was the 5 turnovers he committed, a team high.

The biggest moment in the game came after Notre Dame surged to a 6 point 2nd half lead with a 7-0 run out of the locker room. With that, Jim Boeheim turned to Rick Jackson to take over the center position within the zone, and the Orangemen never looked back. Syracuse responded with a 29-7 run to push the lead to 63-47 Cuse.

Boeheim turned to Jackson to play the 5-spot after Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita each gave up easy baskets under the hoop during the Irish's offensive run at the start of the 2nd half. Rick Jackson responded, cementing the back line of the defense and turning away a game high six blocks for the Orangemen. Fab Melo played just 7 minutes and was held without a point for the third straight game. Melo grabbed 1 rebound and 1 steal.

Keita pitched in 11 minutes of action, the same number of minutes he played in the Big East opener against Providence. Keita managed just 1 rebound against Notre Dame. Thankfully, Syracuse had their newest weapons ready to explode off the bench.

James Southerland put forth another impressive performance for Jim Boeheim posting 12 points and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Southerland finished 5 of 7 from the floor (2-4 from 3-point range) and had 3 steals and a block for the Cuse.

C.J. Fair also returned from his brief ankle injury to play 4 minutes. Fair finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds, and picked up his lone bucket and two rebounds on the first sequence of the game he participated in. Jim Boeheim told reporters after the game that after Syracuse's seven day layoff before traveling to Seton Hall that C.J. Fair should be 100%.

Sitting court-side for the game opposite the SU bench was the 2011 recruiting class, Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney which ranks #10 nationally. Behind them sat 2012 prized prospect DaJuan Coleman, who plays down the road at Jamesville-Dewitt High School.

The #5 Orangemen, who remain undefeated with the victory, are now 15-0 on the season for just the third time in Jim Boeheim's career. Syracuse is off until Saturday January 8th when they travel to Newark, NJ to take on the Seton Hall Pirates at the Prudential Center at 12:00PM. This is the best start for Syracuse since the 1999-2000 season, when Jim Boeheim's Orangemen jumped out to a 19-0 record. The win was number 844 in Coach Boeheim's career.

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1 comment:

SyracuseIsGodsTeam said...

The bold faced 44 says it all go Cuse!