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Coach Boeheim, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije talk win over Charlotte, avoid NCAA appeal talk

Coach Boeheim, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije addressed the media after SU's 83-70 victory over Charlotte at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

After an eventful day, and game, for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program, Boeheim addressed the media for the first time since the NCAA appeal results were announced.

When asked if the 71-year-old had any thoughts on the appeal, he responded, "No. We're just here to play basketball."

That's an answer that most might expect coach Boeheim to say. He refused to address the media, and got a little ornery when a follow-up question was asked. "Uh, we're talking about basketball, period," was his reaction when asked if the program will put any walk-on's on a scholarship now with one available. 

As for the game, the Hall-of-Famer said he was impressed with Dajuan Coleman, saying it's the most active he's been all season. "He had a real good start. He missed a couple inside, but I thought this was the best that he's been. His movement was really good, he was very active and got a lot of minutes down."

To begin the second half, Charlotte got out to an early 9-0 run, cutting the Orange lead to 14 points. Freshman Malachi Richardson stepped up and scored five straight for Syracuse, giving them a little breathing room. "Malachi made two big shots and got us a little room. Overall, for the first game, I thought we were sharp."

Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, who had 26 and 19 points respectively, both said they felt good out there.

"I mean, it felt good to knock down the first couple," Cooney said. 

"I had a lot of open opportunities tonight and was able to cash in on them," Gbinije said. "Whenever I'm out there, I'm always looking to score given the opportunity. I just try to look for my spots and go with the flow." 

When Trevor Cooney was asked about his block in the second half, Boeheim interrupted, with a laugh, "first one of his career." 

Cooney soon corrected him, "No, I think that's the second this season." 

Despite not getting credit for it on the stat sheet, Trevor said, "Everyone saw it. It was a block." 

Syracuse will take on the winner of (18)Connecticut vs. Michigan (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

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