During Saturday’s 58-51 victory against Georgetown, the two combined for 20 minutes of action. Keita had one rebound in 13 minutes of play, while Melo had a rebound and two points on an alley-oop from Scoop Jardine in transition. It was the first time that Melo played more than five minutes since Syracuse’s 72-49 win against South Florida on Feb. 9. It may be a sign of things to come as Syracuse heads into championship season.
The last time James Southerland played more than 20 minutes was more than a month ago, when Syracuse lost to Pittsburgh 74-66 on Jan. 17. You have to go back even further to find the time Southerland last scored more than eight points. That was on Jan. 1 when the Orange topped Notre Dame 70-58. Southerland saw both of those streaks end Saturday in the Orange’s 58-51 win over Georgetown. Southerland played 21 key minutes for Syracuse and scored nine points.