Instant Juice: Syracuse 87, Colgate 51

A quick take on Syracuse’s 87-51 win over Colgate on Sunday afternoon:

WHAT HAPPENED: Colgate couldn’t get anything going inside the 3-point arc, and only shot 9-of-28 from downtown, allowing the Orange to pull away in the second half on a career day from Michael Carter-Williams. If you were betting college basketball, Syracuse covered the spread.

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ANALYSIS: Colgate never really managed to attack the zone consistently, shooting just 4 free throws on the day and, while they put up a fight, simply couldn’t match up with the Orange.

HERO: Michael Carter-Williams came out looking to distribute early. He assisted on the first 9 SU buckets and finished the game with a career-high 13 helpers to go along with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals to just 1 turnover. James Southerland scored 18 off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting to lead the Orange. Southerland was the main beneficiary of Carter-Williams’ playmaking early on, hitting open 3s and throwing down alley-oops tossed by the sophomore point guard. DaJuan Coleman had his best game with the Orange, finishing with a career-high 12 points, 7 boards, and just 1 turnover.

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ZERO: As a team, Colgate shot 19-of-56 and had difficulty getting inside against the Orange’s length and perimeter quickness. Colgate’s Pat Moore shot 3-12 from the field, scoring 8 points, though he finished with 4 assists. No Colgate player broke double digits in scoring.

On the Syracuse end, Trevor Cooney’s shooting woes continued. The freshman sharpshooter was anything but, finishing 0-for-7 from 3-point range. Still, growing pains are to be expected this early in his career.

There were also some worrying signs for the Syracuse offense, as the Orange scoring ground to a halt when Carter-Williams sat in the first half. SU’s full-court press, such a devastating weapon last year, generated some turns against an overmatched Raiders team but also looked shaky throughout the game.

WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse will at Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m. in the SEC/Big East Challenge. TV: ESPN.

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In addition to his editing duties, Corey covers the Syracuse football and basketball beat. He has previously worked in the book publishing industry and currently contributes to Syracuse University’s bE Magazine. Originally from Bangor, ME, Corey graduated from Syracuse University in 2007. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyMallonee.
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