Currently playing in their first collegiate season, all of Syracuse's new faces achieved something together on the same night. Redshirt-sophomore guard Trevor Cooney, freshman forward Jerami Grant, and freshman center DaJuan Coleman all rose the bar in their single-game highs in points scored in the match versus Eastern Michigan.
Cooney began slow, but after going 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, he would make both of next two three-point attempts and complete an old-fashioned three-point play coming off of his first collegiate dunk.
Grant aided the Orange in the first half in staying with his shot, despite oncoming defenders, including his old-fashioned three-point play that began with him powering his shot up one-handed despite a defender having their hand on the ball as well. He would then connect on his only attempt from long range, making him a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the game.
Coleman avenged a poor shooting night against Arkansas where he went 1-for-5 from the field and 1-for-3 from the free throw line by completing five of his six attempts for scores and failing to miss a single opportunity at the free throw line, ending the night 4-for-4 versus Eastern Michigan. He would lead the team in scoring in the game against Eastern Michigan for the first time in his collegiate career, with 14 total points.
Senior guard Brandon Triche shared his thoughts on the positive play of the new faces on the court. "We got guys like Jerami [Grant] who had his best game of the season," Triche. "We had DaJuan [Coleman who] played pretty well. We had Trev (Trevor Cooney) who stepped up toward the end & gave us a lot of energy…that's why it's a team sport. You [are] not gonna go [for] 35 points every game, just having a team where you [are] playing eight to nine guys. So if you're able to help your team out and pretty much pick ‘em up where they left off, then I think we'll be fine and I think that's what Jerami [Grant] did with James [Southerland]," referring to Southerland's drop from 35 points against Arkansas to four points versus Eastern Michigan.
Junior forward C.J. Fair also had something to say of the effort coming from the new players in rotation for the Orange. "We got a deep team…everybody played well," said Fair. "From Jerami [Grant], he played great. Trevor [Cooney], he got his rhythm late in the second half. And DaJuan [Coleman] had a good game. I mean that just shows how deep our team is and when some guys don't play as well, other guys can step up."
With veterans behind them and a new level raised by themselves for the future, Cooney, Grant, and Coleman look ahead to what is next, a match at the Carrier Dome with the Long Beach State 49ers on Thursday, December 6th, at 8pm ET.