Binghamton win a "learning experience"

Syracuse cruised past Binghamton, 93-65, at the Carrier Dome Saturday evening behind another lights out shooting performance by Trevor Cooney. The trio of talented freshmen -- Ron Patterson, Tyler Roberson and B.J. Johnson -- also got some valuable playing time, too. Full recap inside.

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim described the 93-65 win over Binghamton Saturday night at the Carrier Dome a "learning experience" for his young crop of talented freshmen.

"I thought this was a good opportunity for us to get the freshmen in and have them play," Boeheim said. "I thought Ronnie (Patterson) was good, he was active. Tyler (Roberson) did a good job rebounding. It was a good learning experience to get those young guys in the game."

The freshmen trio of Patterson, Roberson and B.J. Johnson combined for 16 points,12 rebounds and four assists on the evening. Patterson chipped in 10 points on four-of-12 shooting while four of Roberson's six points came from the charity stripe. Johnson made up for his 0-for-5 shooting performance with three rebounds.

Just four minutes into first half freshman point guard Tyler Ennis found himself on the bench with two early fouls. His backcourt counterpart, Trevor Cooney, picked up right where he left off against Indiana, going four-of-six from behind the arc and led Syracuse into the locker room with a 54-30 halftime lead. The redshirt sophomore finished with 17 total points, just two behind C.J. Fair's 19.

In all, five players scored in double digits: Cooney (17), Fair (19), Patterson (10), DaJuan Coleman (13) and Jerami Grant (14). However, Boeheim credited the team's full-court press as a factor in establishing a cushion early on.

"We did a good job in the full-court press for a few minutes there and got the game going in the right direction," Boeheim said. "Today was a good effort on the full-court defense. We've used and we've practiced it but we haven't used it in a while. It was good tonight."

Syracuse's bigs, specifically DaJuan Coleman, came on stronger in the second half after playing just 10 minutes in the first-half. The sophomore recorded his second double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) of the season.

"It's a work in progress with him," Boeheim said. "He's doing some things better. He shoots better, he finishes better. It's a process. I think we are doing a little bit better job of looking for him. We gotta get better in there. It's something that we continually work on and are trying to improve and trying to get better at."

After playing two games in one week, Syracuse won't suit up again until next Sunday when it faces former Big East foe on the road in St. John's.

"It's always a tough time period," Boeheim said about the gap in between games.

Boeheim, though, is looking forward to traveling down to one of Syracuse's old stomping grounds in Madison Square Garden.

"It's great to go there and play in New York," Boeheim said. "St. John's is really playing well. They have a really good team. It will be a great matchup."

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