Syracuse throttles Ryerson

Behind a second half surge, Syracuse closes exhibition play with a 81-46 victory over Ryerson Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. Full recap inside.

Syracuse, N.Y. -- It was roughly a minute into the second half when Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim called a timeout to assess the last couple of trips down the court. Not happy, he looked to regroup.

The talking to seemed to be enough for the Orange as the team went on a run -- a 16-0 run to be exact.

Paced by senior C.J. Fair's 18 points, the Rams had no answer for the Orange's high powered offense and stifling 2-3 zone.

"They did a lot of screening," Boeheim said, "things that we are going to see. I just thought it was a really good exercise for us. I think some of the younger players have not adjusted coming off the bench and being ready to go. With a couple freshmen in there, they both went to the same side on defense -- twice -- and gave up two open threes."

Those couple of threes Boeheim eludes to where towards the end of the first half. The miscommunication lead to back-to-back treys by Ryerson's Aaron Best and brought the Rams to within 16.

"Different this time is we didn't make some of those open threes," Boeheim said. "That's going to happen. You're going to have those games."

Despite going three-for-nine from three-point range, Trevor Cooney (nine points) seemed to be more confident in his shooting stroke. The red-shirt sophomore scored a majority of his points in the second half and chipped in three assists and four boards.

"We still have to get better on the boards. I think getting up and down the court is something we are still working on. Knowing when to get it inside... we're still working on that kind of stuff."

DaJuan Coleman led the team in rebounds (10) and made his money on the defensive end, ripping seven down. Rakeem Christmas was not that far behind with eight (five on the defensive end).

"I thought DaJuan was much better rebounding tonight," he said. "He was much more physical going up and getting it. I think that part of it was very good.

"I think we need to get better finding (DaJuan) at the right position. I think he is still working (on being more controlled). He works hard. Everyday he is making improvements."

Freshman Tyler Roberson had four rebounds, too.

On the game, the Orange shot 28-for-65 (43 percent) and held the Rams to just 31 percent shooting on the evening.

"There are a lot of positives, though. I think everybody is anxious to play, start the season," Boeheim said. "We've had pretty good preparation up until this point. I think we will be ready to go Friday night."

Syracuse will take on Cornell in the season opener on Friday at the Carrier Dome. Game time is set for a 7p.m. tip.

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