Syracuse won its second straight game in blowout fashion as the Orange continued their Canadian exhibition tour. Some young guns in the backcourt helped fuel Syracuse's strong 77-35 victory.
Trevor Cooney: The redshirt sophomore stepped up and showed the type of ability that had Syracuse fans excited when he made his commitment to join the Orange. He shot the ball with confidence from the get-go, drilling his first three shots from beyond the arc. He also showed versatility in his offensive game with a dribble drive where he got to the hoop with ease for layup. A strong performance from Cooney who may have turned a corner.
Tyler Ennis: Already showing poise beyond his years, Ennis already has a strong grasp of the Syracuse offense. He runs things well, shows patience, and gets his teammates involved. But the true freshman can also score. He drove the ball with ease past his defender, hit floaters in the lane, and drilled a three when the offense was struggling. Ennis is the real deal. A moment that shows the type of player he is occurred late in the second quarter. On a fast break, Ennis left the ball for Johnson in a bad position which resulted in a charge on B.J. Ennis immediately looked at Boeheim and gestured saying that was his fault. Ennis just gets it.
DaJuan Coleman: Coleman looked more aggressive inside. He showed improved post presence and was solid on the glass. Going forward, he has to be careful of bringing the ball low after an offensive board. That got him into trouble last season with careless turnovers. He is showing signs of getting better defensively.
Ron Patterson: Patterson shows strong hustle. He struggled at times with turnovers and couldn't find his shot. But defensively he is very strong. Rotates well, has long arms which causes deflections and has quick feet. But offensively he's a little chaotic right now.
B.J. Johnson: A lot of raw athleticism for Johnson, who is still trying to figure it out. He has a decent looking jumper, and is athletic going to the hoop. Had a strong offensive performance on Thursday, but looks to force things at times. A lot of upside for the talented wing.
Rakeem Christmas: At times, Christmas looked more aggressive. Then at times he looked lethargic, similar to the 2012-13 version. Offensively there are signs of development like his mid-range jumper. But there is still work to be done when he takes defenders off the dribble. Still work to do for Christmas to become consistent.
Jerami Grant: What a talent Grant is. He can do it all. Run the floor, hit the jumper, attack the rim, and causes a lot of problems defensively. He filled in well for C.J. Fair who was kept out to rest an injury.
Mike Gbinije: Gbinije is a bit of an enigma at this point. He switches between playing the wing, playing the two and backing up Ennis at the point. He can handle, shoot, and drive. He's also playing well in the zone. But he lacks a bit of offensive consistency, especially with his shot in the first two games. Should be interesting to monitor going forward.
Defensively: The Orange zone worked to perfection, nearly holding Bishop's scoreless in the first quarter. Regardless of the lineup, Syracuse rotated well, trapped in certain situations, and used their length to disrupt BIshop's offense. Despite the level of competition, the zone looked to be in mid-season form.
Syracuse Box Score:
|Totals||200||77||28-63 (44.4%)||6-16 (37.5%)||15-23 (65.2%)||49||15||5||12||14||13|