Syracuse Rolls in Season Opener

The Syracuse Orange kicked off its basketball season with an easy win over Fordham. The game begins a stretch of three games in four days for the No. 5 Orange.

Kris Joseph led all scorers with 16 points; Dion Waiters added 14 and Syracuse handled Fordham in the season opener for both schools, 78-53.

The Syracuse defense limited Fordham's penetration inside, forcing the Rams to settle for outside jumpers early on. The effort sparked Orange runs of nine, six and six points in the first half. Fordham would get the deficit down to 11 at the break, but that would be as close as it got.

Fordham went on a 7-0 run just before the first half ended, but the Orange held the Rams to just 7 for 27 shooting in the opening half. Syracuse shot lights-out in the second while continuing to create turnovers via the 2-3 zone. The Orange eventually stretched the lead to 30 points, before clearing the bench to the delight of the crowd.

"I thought we did a lot of good things in the second half tonight," coach Jim Boeheim said. "It's good to get a win."

The Rams never really put up much of a fight, but Chris Gaston and Bryan Smith did their part to try for the upset. Each finished the game with 13 points.

"Fordham is a team that will score a lot of points this season," Boeheim added. "Our defense was just real good."

Sophomore Fab Melo finished with four blocks, and junior guard Brandon Triche attacked on both ends on the way to pulling down seven rebounds. The team effort is one that is likely to repeat this season considering the depth the Orange display.

Syracuse was balanced offensively, as six different players finished with at least seven points.

"It's a good way to start off out season," Joseph said. "I think everyone contributed well today."

Contributions from several players will be needed going forward, as Syracuse embarks on two more games over the next three days.

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