In Syracuse’s romp over Morgan State on Monday night, the story of the game was James Southerland’s shot. “He’s back,” The Post-Standard declared. But while the sophomore’s sweet stroke and 18 points deserved the limelight on that night, his rebounding and defense will keep him on the floor when Big East play begins next week.
Almost a decade since Syracuse has played in a meaningful bowl game. Putting aside the embarrassment against Georgia Tech in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl, the Orange will take the field at Yankee Stadium on December 30 looking to take one more step towards breathing life back into a once tradition-rich program.
This was an average performance for the Orange. It wasn’t the Michigan State game and it wasn’t the William and Mary game. This one was somewhere right in between. It was a comfortable win despite Iona never letting up and always closing the gap after a Syracuse run. But Syracuse led wire-to-wire and won, 83-77.