The Orange played a sloppy first half of basketball, but went on a 16-5 run and outscored Cal State Los Angeles 50-27 in the second half. Syracuse held Cal State LA to 28 percent shooting from the floor while collecting 11 steals and 12 blocks. But the Orange was sloppy as well, committing 17 turnovers. SU also shot just 3 for 16 from 3-point land.
While Syracuse may be returning most of its core players this season, the one exception is Rick Jackson. The forward was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds, and was SU’s most consistent player throughout the year. Although the Orange has plenty of talent across the board, Jackson’s role may be a difficult one to fill.