The play of Trevor Cooney is a big reason why the Orange were victorious. Cooney had the best game all-around game of his college career, finishing with 21 points, thre steals and a career high four rebounds. Usually just a three point shooter, the sophomore did most of his damage from inside the arc against the Eagles, finishing 6-8 on two point field goals. He had three steals that led to fast break dunks in a two minute stretch in the first half, and added another two off an offensive rebound. Cooney also added a pair of threes and was 3-4 from the free throw line. His play showed that he is more than a one dimensional player, which could be the difference for Syracuse going forward.
If Cooney can keep having performances like he did against Boston College, Syracuse will be a dangerous team.
Syracuse is already one of the best teams in college basketball, sporting a perfect 17-0 record. The Orange have beaten a pair of teams currently ranked in the Top 15 in the country and find themselves ranked No. 2. The road victory over the Eagles is big for the Orange, as they play very few games away from home. Syracuse’s non-conference schedule saw the Orange leave home only twice, and one of those times was for a neutral site tournament.
In their first year in the ACC, Syracuse will need to win on the road if the Orange hope to be in contention for the ACC title, and the win over Boston College is a great start.