There was a lot to talk about last night after Syracuse's 10-point season-opening victory over Lehigh. My five takeaways:
- Tyler Lydon: After DaJuan Coleman picked up two fouls in the first 4:55 of the game, Lydon came in and was an immediate spark the Orange needed. The freshman blocked a shot and tallied a steal in the first two and a half minutes he played. He finished the first half with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals; an impressive performance to say the least. Syracuse took a 20-point lead into the half, ultimately winning 57-47. Tyler proved to be the back-up center over junior Chinonso Obokoh, who also played well last night. Lydon played 48 minutes in the first two exhibition games combined. On Friday, he played 28.
- Dajuan Coleman: After a pretty good first two exhibition games, Coleman was less than impressive on Friday. He picked up two fouls in the first 4:55 of the game, which led to sitting for the rest of the first half. He finished with 2 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes. Syracuse will need DC to play, at least, 20-25 minutes per game this season. With the early foul trouble, SU was unable to get an inside presence on the offensive end.
- Tyler Roberson: I had a few people ask after the game if anything was wrong with junior Tyler Roberson. The answer is no. He had an off night, going 0-for-3 in 21 minutes of action. Syracuse's new offensive outlook of perimeter basketball will take some adjusting, especially for Roberson. The Orange won't look to get the ball inside, which will hurt his numbers. It's going to take some time to get used to, especially for a guy who is used to playing down on the block.
- Turnovers: Syracuse had 17, which led to 21 points for Lehigh. Coach Boeheim said after the game if the Orange had cut their turnovers down, the Mountain Hawks would've struggled to score 35 points. Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije combined for eight of those turnovers. Malachi Richardson admitted after the game he was "careless" with the ball, en route to five turnovers himself. If the Orange had taken care of the ball, especially in the second half, Friday's game wouldn't have been close.
- Guard rotation: I listed this as something to watch before the game and it turned out to be accurate. Kaleb Joseph played a disappointing 14 minutes, scoring 8 points in that time, including two huge 3-pointers. Trevor Cooney played 38 minutes, which seemed excessive, especially with their depth at guard. Franklin Howard played four minutes at the end of the first half and didn't see the floor in the second half. With the depth Syracuse has, Boehiem should realize he doesn't have to run Cooney into the ground this season. He has depth, young talent and capable guards to step up. There's no reason, especially against Lehigh, for Trevor Cooney to play 38 minutes.