Not This Time
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Posted Feb 16, 2013


The Orange have struggled to rise above their foes when away from the Carrier Dome. In New Jersey, they overcame almost a month of failed attempts on the road. More inside.

Four road contests since their January 19th bout in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the South Florida Bulls.

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball squad won that match with the Bulls, but then went on to lose three straight away from the Carrier Dome.

With a fourth try and a new venue, the Orange closed the door on their road losing streak, defeating the Seton Hall Pirates in New Jersey at the Prudential Center, 76-65.

The advantage did not reside with Syracuse throughout the match, however. For almost the entire first 15 minutes of play, the Orange and Pirates went back and forth with the lead.

There were four lead changes within the first 14:50 of the game, and two ties.

A jumper by Syracuse junior forward C.J. Fair with 5:10 to go in the opening half would give the Orange upper-hand for good.

At the break, Syracuse led 36-30, with senior guard Brandon Triche ahead of all of his Orange teammates and every player from either team, with 12 points.

Triche helped to facilitate the six-point halftime advantage by connecting on his three attempt and then assisted fellow senior, forward James Southerland, in his make from deep.

Coming out of the midpoint, Triche continued to positive effect the match for the Orange, scoring the team's first four points and seven of their first 10.

The senior guard would best his first half performance of 12 points by scoring 17 in the second half, attaining 29 points overall, a new single-game career high.

Despite a double-digit defeat, the Pirates did not lose their fight, with leading scorer guard/forward Fuquan Edwin appearing to play through some pain en route to 21 points, leading Seton Hall.

Edwin's final 10 points came with under nine minutes to go, from beyond the arc, at the rim, and on the free throw line.

But, the Orange were too much. They made 15 of the 20 attempts at the charity stripe given to them by the Pirates.

Syracuse also kept their turnovers to a minimum, giving the ball up a mere three times in the entire 20 minutes of the first half.

In the second half, the Orange did not turn the ball over until 1:55 remaining in play.

Overall, Syracuse had only four turnovers in 40 minutes.

What kept Seton Hall competitive was their outside shooting. The Pirates paralleled their own play from first half to second half, going 5-for-13 in both periods. Their 10 makes from beyond the arc accounted for almost half of their total output (30 of 65 points).

But the Orange shot even better than the second-best three-point shooting team in the Big East Conference, connecting on eight of 20 baskets from long range, good for a 40% success rate.

Inside the arc, Syracuse made seven more attempts than Seton Hall, 16 to nine.

On the boards, the Orange came into the game with about a five-rebound advantage in offensive rebounds per game over the Pirates.

They ended with a 10-rebound advantage on the offensive end, 17 to seven.

Both teams entered the match about even on the defensive glass, and exited the match right with one another. Seton Hall slightly edged Syracuse with 22 defensive rebounds to 20 by the Orange.

Orange sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams entered the match as the Big East as well as national leader in assists per game. However, he ended the match behind Triche, who had five, tying Pirates' sophomore guard Aaron Cosby for the most in the contest.

Despite Carter-Williams leading Syracuse in assists in 23 straight games dating back to the first of the season on November 11th versus San Diego State Aztecs, Triche has assumed the leadership role in this area in the last two games. His three led the Orange in their match with the Huskies of Connecticut and his five were the best for the Orange in this game.

With the chase for the elusive next road win over, the Orange will return home to the Carrier Dome to face the Friars from Providence, Rhode Island, on Wednesday, February 20th, at 7pm ET.


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