"We had really good energy in the first half," coach Jim Boeheim said. "Obviously the guards coming off the bench Michael (Carter-Williams) and Dion (Waiters) had really good games."
SU scored the first seven points of the game en route to a 16-4 opening run, and it never looked back. Scoop Jardine had six points in the early spurt, as the Orange used an up-tempo offense and the usual pressure zone-defense to provide easy buckets.
But the star of the show was the senior's cousin – Waiters.
"He's really making a commitment on both ends," Jardine said of Waiters. "He's being that spark that he can be.
"A lot of teams don't have a Dion Waiters."
Waiters stole the show with acrobatic dunks and lay-ins, all coming on his birthday. The biggest crowd pleaser came midway through the first half, as he somehow finished a towering dunk over the 6-foot-8 David Pellom. A foul was called on the play, an Waiters would connect on the ensuing free throw. The highlight-worthy play put the Orange up by 14, and it only got worse for the Colonials from that point on.
"I was ready tonight," Waiters said. "I was able to get my hands on some deflections an I was able to beat him (the offene) in a couple of spots. "
Just before the opening 20 minutes came to a close, Waiters notched an easy lay-in to put the team up 45-23, the biggest lead of the half.
The Colonials came out with some fire in the second half, but it was short lived. They cut the SU lead to 14 after Lasan Kromah converted a three-point play with 17:40 to play, but it would be the closest the team got.
Boeheim called timeout after the play, and the players got the message. Syracuse went on a massive 22-5 run to blow the game wide open on the way to an eventual 35-point lead. Waiters continued to terrorize GW in the run, as did freshman Michael Carter-Williams – who finished with five points and eight assists while logging 18 turnover-less minutes.
"I got a chance to show what I can do on the court," Carter-Williams said. "I just wanted to play better than I did in the Marshall game just like I want to play better against N.C. State than I did tonight."
Next up for Syracuse is the Wolfpack in Raleigh, in what will be the first out of state game for the likely top-ranked Orange in the 2011-12 campaign.