After two sub-par exhibition performances, freshman Tyler Lydon came ready to play tonight.
The 6-foot-10 forward provided a spark off the bench that Syracuse needed once starting center Dajuan Coleman got into early foul trouble.
"I just want to help the team win," Lydon said after the game with two ice packs on his knees.
In the first-half, Malachi Richardson fed Lydon on a fast break, which led to a monster dunk. Not only did it get the fans into the game, but it helped the Orange build up a 20-point halftime lead.
Tyler finished with 4 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes of action. He also blocked two shots and had three steals.
Lydon came in for Coleman right away, before Chinonso Obokoh, making him the back-up center. He may be a little undersized, but no one can question his intensity and effort.
"I have been playing the 5 a lot in practice and watching a lot of film," he said. "I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to help this team win. If that means playing the 5, then I'll do it."
When asked about his intensity and aggressiveness, Lydon said, "I try to stay as aggressive as possible. Whether it's blocking shots, rebounding, whatever; I just want to win."
"It was a great turnout from the student section," the freshman said of the atmosphere. "I felt like the crowd was really into the game. It was a good first experience as an Orange."