SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Orange came out firing three's again today en route to a 96-54 victory over the defending D-II national champions, Florida Southern.
Led by freshman Malachi Richardson, who hit four 3's, the Orange shot 14-of-29 from deep. Richardson finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Sophomore guard Kaleb Joseph went 3-for-4 from deep, tallying 12 points.
The most impressive part of today's game? Syracuse's 2-3 zone. It took the Moccasins over six minutes to score their first points of the afternoon. SU forced 28 turnovers and held FSU to 22 first-half points. The Moccasins shot 8-of-29 (27.6%) from the field in the first half, 6-of-21 from deep.
At the half, Syracuse led 53-22.
In the second half, Syracuse tried to repeat Monday's performance by getting Dajuan Coleman involved, however, it didn't work. Coleman struggled today, scoring 7 points in 21 minutes of action. The redshirt junior went 2-of-8 from the floor in his second game in two years. Despite the lack of production, Coleman remained a threat. Each time SU dumped it down low, Coleman attracted a double team which left shooters open on the perimeter. All in all, Coleman had a very good preseason. But more importantly, he had a healthy preseason.
Senior guard Michael Gbinije scored 15 points and dished out 5 assists in 26 minutes. He also had 5 steals. His fellow backcourt-mate, Trevor Cooney, bounced back from a sluggish game on Monday, scoring 15 points in 24 minutes.
Freshman Frank Howard added 7 second-half points for the Orange. Tyler Lydon bounced back from a poor Monday outing, scoring 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting.
Syracuse shot 20-of-26 (77%) from the free throw line, which is a major improvement from Monday's 54% performance.
The Orange will open their season on Friday against Lehigh. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3.