Bench solid in road win

The Orange received key contributions from their bench in Tuesday's road win over Virginia Tech.

With Jerami Grant forced into the starting lineup due to DaJuan Coleman's injury, Syracuse has lost a big spark off the bench. Against Miami on Saturday, the Orange bench was largely ineffective.

In Tuesday night's road win over Virginia Tech, however, they got key contributions from three players off the pine.

Baye Keita was enormous off the bench, despite scoring only two points. In 26 minutes, he had nine rebounds (five offensive) and two blocks. His interior defense was a huge factor in Syracuse's decisive 16-0 run in the second half.

Michael Gbinije also contributed, hitting a long three pointer in the first half. He finished with eight points in just 11 minutes.

Tyler Roberson received extended minutes in the first half, filling in for Grant. He finished with four points and three rebounds. The true freshman showed nice touch on his jumper, crashed the boards, and played well on the defensive end.

Receiving contributions off the bench can make Syracuse an even more dangerous opponent. If Gbinije can develop a consistent offensive game and Roberson provide a spark in limited minutes, the Orange become one of the more versatile and deep offensive teams in the country.


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