Fresh of Syracuse’s best performance of the season in a 72-58 win over, Michigan State, Syracuse travels home to face Colgate on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Orange (9-0) dominated the Spartans (6-3) on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic, as Rick Jackson scored 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the game.
Jackson has been Syracuse’s most consistent player this season, and is averaging 13.6 points and 12.8 rebounds. The senior forward has recorded a double-double in seven of out nine games this season.
“He’s been a monster inside defensively, offensively,” Boehiem said of Jackson. “He’s been tremendous. He’s been steady and stable every game for us. He’s been as good as any inside guy.”
Meanwhile, the hapless Raiders are winless in their seven games, and are coming off a 68-57 loss to St. Francis (N.Y.). The Raiders, who are shooting just 40 percent from the field this season, are led by forward Yaw Gyawu, who is averaging 13.7 points per game.
The two teams met last year on Nov. 30 when the Orange trounced the Raiders 92-58. In that game, Wes Johnson led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 3-of-4 from downtown.
That gave Syracuse a 117-45 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. Syracuse has not lost a game against Colgate since 1962, and has gone 72-18 at home against its upstate rival.