Down Goes Colgate for 25 Straight
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Posted Nov 25, 2012


Syracuse moves to 4-0 on the season, as the Orange have numerous record-setting performers add together to provide the team's third victory in three attempts at home.

The Syracuse Orange improved to 3-0 at home this season and their 25th-straight win in the Carrier Dome, dating back to the 2010-11 season.

Freshman center DaJuan Coleman got the Orange on the board first for the second-consecutive game with yet another jumper.

But the sharp-shooting Raiders of Colgate gained the lead early on back-to-back makes from beyond the arc to go up 6-2.

Syracuse would respond, as would Colgate, as both teams locked at 11 with a little over 15:30 to play in the first half.

Just as in the match versus Wagner this season, junior forward C.J. Fair would separate the Orange with two made free throws, and they would never trail again, winning by their biggest margin of the season so far, 87-51, over the Raiders.

Here is how Syracuse looked at each position and overall:

The guards.Michael Carter-Williams has been the truest of point guards, with over 30 assists in Syracuse's last three games combined. In the first of those three games, Carter-Williams set a new single-game career high in assists with 11 versus Wagner, only to re-set his single-game high with 13 assists against Colgate.

Syracuse scored 30 points off of Carter-Williams' 13 assists Take away those points and it would have condensed the Orange victory down to six points.

Carter-Williams assisted eight-consecutive made field goals to open the game after Coleman's jumper.

On top of his offensive performance, Carter-Williams only gave up one turnover in the game. He had lost possession for the Orange at least three times in each of the team's first three matches.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim took a look at Carter-Williams' presence on the court so far this season. “He’s playing the position as well as you can play it, getting the ball to people, making plays, good decisions," said Boeheim. "I think he had one turnover. He had made one bad play today, that’s it. He’s playing well. He really is.”

“Michael [Carter-Williams]’s doing a great job of finding open guys," Boeheim added. "He’s really playing as well as any point guard we’ve had in a long time in turns of getting the ball to people, making plays for other people. Even when there’s not a play there he’s making a play there for ‘em. I think he coulda had 17, 18 assists easy tonight, just like the last game, he coulda had another five or six. We’re missing open shots. We gotta start making some of those."

Senior guard Brandon Triche achieved double figures in scoring to continue his four-for-four streak this season in gaining at least 10 points. Against Colgate, Triche started early, with seven points coming from a 50% shooting performance, which included one made three in two tries, in the first half.

Triche would struggle from the field in the second half, going 1-for-4. However, his 6-for-6 outing from the charity stripe helped him to 16 points.

The veteran guard also added three assists and one steal, while giving up only one turnover to show that the strength of the backcourt did not simply lie within Carter-Williams in this game.

Redshirt-sophomore guard Trevor Cooney continued his silence from long range, missing all seven of his three-point attempts; he is 0-for-10 in the last two contests. Boeheim, however, did not turn his back on the young guard, stating that, “He’s a shooter. You just gotta keep shootin’. He’ll make some."

Once Cooney decided to go inside, he was able to get on the board by showing his strength when attacking the rim.

All of Cooney's five points came inside, with his first two coming at the line after being fouled heading to the rim. His latter three points came on an old-fashioned three-point play with a make on his drive to the basket and on the following free throw.

Cooney also gave the Orange opportunity on offense by attaining two steals against Colgate, with his second steal helping lead to a three-pointer by senior forward James Southerland.

The young guard has had a steal in each of his first four career games as a member of the Orange.

In total, the Syracuse backcourt combined for 28 points, 16 assists, seven steals, and 10 rebounds to a mere two turnovers.

The forwards.Southerland only played for five minutes and 30 seconds in the second half, yet he ended the game as Syracuse's top-scorer for the second straight outing. He achieved this feat by scoring early and often, gaining 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the first half.

12 of Southerland's 16 points in The Opening half came from an area of familiarity for the senior forward, as he connected on four of his nine attempts from long range.

He equaled his work on the boards from the previous game versus Princeton, with two rebounds on both offense and defense, while gaining a block in his fourth-straight match and a steal in his third-consecutive game of the four that Syracuse has played in the 2012-13 season.

Fair failed to continue his streak of at least one steal per game this season, but did not give up a turnover for the first time in four games.

He added eight points and four rebounds, with all of his rebounds coming from the defensive end; Fair now has at least four defensive rebounds in all four of Syracuse's games this season.

Freshman forward Jerami Grant achieved his first made three-pointer of his collegiate career versus Colgate. He took two shots and made both to end the contest with five points, tying his single-game high in his short career with the Orange.

Grant also got involved defensively, with his first game in which he recorded both a block and a steal as a member of the Orange; Grant finished with one block and two steals.

Sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas recorded his second-straight double-digit scoring performance of the season, equaling his 10-point output versus Princeton. This marks the first time Christmas achieved at least 10 points in consecutive games in his career with the Orange.

Christmas also had his second-consecutive game with two blocks, while adding nine rebounds to lead Syracuse.

On Christmas, Boeheim said, “I think he’s moving well. I think he’s doing a good job. I think he’s getting better. He’s making that little jump shot, which is good.” Christmas was 2-for-3 on jump shot attempts in this game.

At center.Junior center Baye Keita recorded less than five points in his third of four contests this season, but his effort inside cannot be understated by the stat line. Keita's ability to catch the ball and strength to put it back up have allowed Syracuse to keep their offense running, as he did in this match with a putback off of an offensive board.

Keita closed out his fourth straight game with at least one offensive rebound, while getting back to the defensive boards, grabbing two versus Colgate after amounting none against Princeton.

Coleman had his best showing of his young career, creating a new single-game career high with 12 points, also marking his first double-digit scoring game of his career at Syracuse.

He also tied his best rebounding performance with seven boards. Coleman has achieved at least one offensive and defensive rebound in each of the last three games. Boeheim was positive of Coleman's performance against Colgate, saying, “I thought DaJuan [Coleman] was much better around the basket.”

In addition, Coleman provided a better outing from the charity stripe, connecting on four of his six attempts after going 1-for-2 versus Wagner and 1-for-5 against Princeton.

Overall on offense.Syracuse shot better from the field than Colgate in both halves, making 40% of their attempts to the Raiders' 33.3% in the first half and dropping in 53.8% of their shots in the second half to Colgate's 34.5%.

Both teams took almost the same amount of attempts from long range, despite the Raiders seeming to take a chance from deep on almost every possession. Colgate won the battle from beyond the arc, going 9-for-28 (32.1%) while Syracuse made a mere six of their 25 tries (24%).

Despite 13 assists by Carter-Williams, the Raiders kept it close in the helpers category, with the Orange leading with 18 assists to the Raider's 15.

Syracuse had their first game this season in which they gave up less than 10 turnovers, giving up the ball a mere six times to Colgate's 16 turnovers.

On the offensive glass, the Orange led the Raiders, 13 to seven.

Overall on defense.On the boards, Syracuse bested Colgate with 30 defensive rebounds to the Raiders' 25.

The Orange also had the slight edge in blocks, with five to the Raiders' three.

But it was not close in the steal category, with Syracuse running away with 12 steals to Colgate's four.

Coming up: The Orange will head back to the road after spending their last three games at home to face the Arkansas Razorbacks, out of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the SEC/Big East Challenge on Friday, November 30th, at 8:30pm Eastern.


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