Syracuse moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Big East after a 76-65 victory over Seton Hall. The Orange endured a contest that featured 42 fouls, a double-digit Pirate lead in the first half and the ejection of an unruly courtside fan on their way to the win and a 21-4 record overall.
Brandon Triche poured in a career high 29 points in the victory on 10 of 18 shooting. Triche came out of his long-range funk making four of seven three pointers. He added five rebounds and five assists in the win. The senior was a calming influence on the Orange who seemed rattled a bit at the start as Seton Hall was slicing up the zone. A tip of the cap also goes to CJ Fair who registered 19 points and 12 rebounds. Injuries to either of these players would surely cripple the team. Both are arguably more important to the squad’s success then Michael Carter-Williams who scored 14 adding nine rebounds. The lanky point guard did miss seven of 10 shots from the field though.
Other impressive numbers include the four turnovers Syracuse committed as they managed to keep control of their offense. They had 16 offensive rebounds keeping the Pirates in check and allowing only seven offensive boards themselves. The Orange were lucky that SHU missed 12 free throws.
Not all is positive though as only five Syracuse players scored and one of them was not Jerami Grant. Stock is still high for the freshman who didn’t see as much time as James Southerland took his time. The home team played a lot of zone which suited the sixth man more. Rakeem Christmas was also underwhelming scoring three points on three free-throws and two rebounds before fouling out. Trevor Cooney saw no action in this one.
Next up for Syracuse is a crucial stretch starting with Providence on Wednesday followed by Georgetown at home Saturday then a road game at Marquette. Don’t sleep on the Friars who just upset Notre Dame. We’ll see what the Orange can do in this group of games.