After a slow start in the game’s opening minutes, #4 Syracuse blitzed Binghamton, ripping off 18 straight points to turn the game on its head and trigger a 93-65 victory at the Carrier Dome. The Orange (9-0) also tacked on three additional runs of at least seven points and led by as many as 37 points late in the game.
SU relied on their heavy advantage in athleticism in the game, using their full court press to held force many of the Bearcats’ 18 turnovers, 11 of which came in the first half, including a dozen steals. The Orange also converted those opportunities early and often, pouring in 34 points off miscues by the Bearcats (2-7). Syracuse also made a season high 13 three-point shots on the night, including nine in the first half.
Syracuse opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but Binghamton came back, ripping off 11 straight points that wrapped around an SU time out. After Michael Gbinije ended the Bearcats’ run by hitting a three right after entering the contest, Trevor Cooney woke up the rest of the team with a steal, lay-up, another steal, and a triple in quick succession that knotted the score. Syracuse would tack on ten more points for a 21-11 lead just over seven minutes into the game.
Shortly after, seven straight SU points would stretch the lead to 31-15. With under four minutes left in the half, the Orange went on an 8-0 burst lasting just over a minute to push the margin to 51-25. Syracuse pushed the lead to 27 points, but Binghamton scored the final three points before the break to get back within 54-30.
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SU scored the first four points out of the break, but the Bearcats replied with six straight of their own to get within 22 points. The Orange responded with an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 30 at 66-36 just over five minutes out of the break.
After Binghamton scored a half dozen points, SU went on a 15-6 run to strengthen their grasp on the game, moving the lead to 81-48 with under nine minutes on the clock. While the two teams then mostly traded scores, five consecutive points nudged the SU lead to its greatest margin at 90-53 with just over four minutes remaining. Binghamton finished the game by scoring 12 of the final 15 points of the night.
C.J. Fair paced five Syracuse players in double figures, finishing with 19 points, including three three-pointers. Five triples provided most of Trevor Cooney’s 17 points (14 in the first half) and he matched Fair’s four steals on defense. Jerami Grant had 14 points while DaJuan Coleman posted a double-double of 13 points and ten rebounds, six of the boards coming on the offensive end. Ron Patterson chipped in with ten points.
Jordan Reed topped all scorers in the game, piling up 26 points for Binghamton, including a 13-of-14 effort at the free throw line. Marlon Beck II added 14 points and Nick Madray finished with 11 for the Bearcats.
Syracuse hits the road a week from Sunday for a matchup with a familiar foe in familiar surroundings when they take on former conference mate St. John’s at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Red Storm (6-2) have won their last two games, including today’s 104-58 rout of Fordham.
Leading the way for St. John’s are D’Angelo Harrison, who is averaging just under 19 points per game, and JaKarr Sampson, who has posted 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. Shotblocker supreme Chris Obekpa averages 5.5 blocks per game for the Red Storm.
Tip-off is set for noon Eastern and the game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
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