Syracuse Wins Conference Opener
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CuseNation.com Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 2, 2013


Syracuse uses a 24-0 run spanning both halves to pull away from Rutgers in their conference opener. Brandon Triche led the way as the Orange improved to 13-1 on the season.

Brandon Triche led a Syracuse offensive assault that used a 24-0 run to pull away from Rutgers in their Big East opener. The senior guard scored 9 of Syracuse's first 11 points on his way to a game-high 25. Triche finished 8-11 from the field, including 5-7 from beyond the arc.

Two early Triche threes allowed the Orange to jump out to an 8-2 lead, and things looked they would be easy for the seventh ranked team in the country. But the Scarlet Knights had other ideas, as a hot shooting Eli Carter hit a jumper to give Rutgers their first, and only, lead of the game 20-18.

Syracuse would hold Rutgers scoreless over the last 8:19 of the first half, and used a 24-0 run that extended into in the second half to pull away. An aggressive Orange zone was big in the run, as they blocked four shots during that span. The run was capped by a Michael Carter-Williams three, his second of the game.

"I'm shocked with what happened in that period of time," Jim Boeheim said of the run. "We played well. We were playing well. We started playing even better. We made really good decisions."

Carter-Williams continued his great play, adding 12 points to his 10 assists. He helped the Orange improve their half-court offense, and continually found open shooters. 

"I think today we (Carter-Williams and Triche) had 16 assists and only three turnovers," Triche said after the game. "If we take care of the ball like that we're going to be tough to beat."

C.J. Fair was very aggressive offensively throughout, and finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks. 

Syracuse shot 46% from the field, and held Rutgers to an abysmal 28% in the first half and 36% overall. The aggressive Orange zone forced 20 Scarlet Knight turnovers. Syracuse finished the game with 9 blocks and 11 steals. 

"We did a good job down low, inside," Boeheim added. "(We were) trapping and C.J. blocked a couple shots. Rak (Christmas), Baye (Keita) blocked a couple shots. We got a couple steals. We really were active."

Eli Carter led Rutgers with 19 points, and Kadeem Jack added a game-high 13 rebounds. Carter was the only player in double figures for the Scarlet Knights.

The win moved the Orange to 13-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. It was Boeheim's 903rd win of his career, moving him past Bobby Knight for 2nd on the all-time wins list in NCAA history.

"I'm proud to be able to do that," Boeheim admitted. "I'm happy to get it done."


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