"They really out-rebounded us and got out to a quick start," Richardson said after the game.
He's right. The Orange started off slow, almost seeming disinterested at times. "We didn't come out with enough energy and they jumped on us."
With the Orange trailing 35-29 at halftime, SU came out more aggressive in the second half, "We had to be more aggressive than we were. We were settling and they were pressuring us. I think it was a good job on our part to get to the rim and get fouled."
SU went 22-of-32 from the free throw line; Malachi was 3-for-5.
The 6-foot-6 forward didn't downplay anything after the game. He knew it was an important game, as did the team. "Every win is an important win, and every moment in the game is important. We got tested and it showed our heart and poise today."
Richardson didn't shy away from taking any big shots against the Bonnies, finishing with 15 points in 35 minutes. "I'm a comfortable basketball player. Whether it's me getting the ball to Mike, shooting it, or Trev or Tyler; I think that's why we're here."
Fellow freshman Tyler Lydon hit two 3-pointers in the second half for the Orange, which Malachi also addressed after the game. "That spreads the floor out for everyone. Teams can't just leave him wide open. If they do, that's what's gonna happen. He knocked down two very important shots today."