SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- In just over 15 minutes of playing time, sophomore guard Ron Patterson provided the Syracuse Orange with a dynamic spark off the bench that the Orange has been lacking in recent years.
Displaying impressive touch from long distance, Patterson knocked down 4-of-5 3-point attempts on his way to 15 points, good for a point-per-minute. Along with his impressive display offensively, Patterson was a pest in the 2-3 zone. With two steals and one block, Patterson impressed head coach Jim Boeheim with the way he slotted into the 2-3 zone around the perimeter.
“He had a nice steal and got down the court,” Boeheim said. “He’s a good defensive player. Ronnie’s real good in our zone; I have no issues with him defensively.”
With his performance against Carleton, the Canadian national champion seemingly every year, Patterson has made a strong case for increased playing time, especially with the way junior guard Trevor Cooney has struggled shooting the ball.
”I just wanted to show them that I can play,” Patterson said postgame. “I can shoot, I can play defense. Whatever they need, I can do any of it.”
Teammate Michael Gbinije, who will be the first player off the bench for the Orange this season, said that Patterson brings an added element to SU’s system, namely as a shoot-first type of player.
“Ron Patterson is a natural-born scorer,” Gbinije said. “He’s a good shooter and it’s kind of fun to pass him the ball knowing he’s going to make shots.”
When the Orange tip off with the Adrian Bulldogs Nov. 10, Patterson will have a ton of eyes on him with hopes that he can be a dangerous asset of the bench this season for No.24 Syracuse.