McCroskey's steal and breakaway layup with 6:47 to play gave Syracuse (13-2, 1-0) its biggest lead, 57-39. McCroskey finished with 10 points, a career-high nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in 25 minutes, while Rautins, a freshman, added a career-best 10 points in 15 minutes, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
"Louis especially gave us a big lift," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
"It's good to have different guys with different games. We have guys who can come in and do different things," said Gerry McNamara, who led Syracuse with 12 points. "But it's what we expect them to do."
Rautins agreed. "Everybody is important off the bench. It's a big plus when we can give the starters a rest," said Rautins, who did not play in Syracuse's last two games.
South Florida (6-9, 0-2) closed the game with an 18-6 run, holding Syracuse to a single field goal - Eric Devendorf's driving basket with 1:59 to go - over the final 6:47. Syracuse sank four of six from the foul line to help fend off the Bulls' comeback.
"I'm not real happy, if you can't tell," said Boeheim, who was disturbed by his team's 19 turnovers and 37 percent shooting.
"We're making poor decisions and not doing a good job of getting our offense in rhythm and getting the ball to our shooters," Boeheim said.
South Florida coach Robert McCullum said his team has been plagued all year by turnovers, and it was again Sunday, matching its per game average with 22 miscues. The Bulls also were outrebounded on the offensive boards 18-9.
After struggling through the first nine minutes of the game Syracuse used a full court zone press to trigger a 13-0 run that gave the Orange a 21-11 cushion with 8:04 to play in the half. Jones stopped the run with a short jumper 20 seconds later.
The three-minute spurt started when McCroskey rebounded his own missed free throw and saved it to McNamara, who sank a 3-pointer from the left corner. McCroskey had six points, five rebounds and a pair of assists in the first half.
McNamara added another 3-pointer during the run and Demetrius Nichols scored three baskets in transition as the Orange took advantage of five Bulls' turnovers during that span.
|Assists||C Capko||5||L McCroskey||4|
|Rebounds||S Jones||6||T Roberts||10|
|Steals||J Holmes||4||T Roberts||4|
|Blocks||S Jones||2||T Roberts||1|
|Minutes||M Buckley||39||T Roberts||38|
|South Florida Starters|
|J Holmes, G||39||7-13||5-8||4-6||5||3||2||23|
|S Jones, C||39||5-10||0-0||4-4||6||1||4||14|
|M Buckley, F||39||4-11||0-6||2-2||5||2||2||10|
|M Richardson, F||12||1-2||0-0||0-2||3||0||1||2|
|C Capko, G||38||0-3||0-1||0-0||2||5||5||0|
|South Florida Bench|
|G McNamara, G||38||3-9||2-6||4-6||2||3||0||12|
|T Roberts, F||38||2-5||0-0||7-12||10||1||3||11|
|D Nichols, F||28||4-10||0-2||1-2||2||3||4||9|
|E Devendorf, G||22||3-7||1-4||0-1||1||1||3||7|
|D Watkins, C||21||0-4||0-0||0-0||10||0||5||0|