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Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman: "It's frustrating"

Dajuan Coleman was very frustrated after SU's 66-58 loss.

SYRACUSE, NY -- "Yeah, it's frustrating," Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman said after SU's 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin. 

Coleman played five strong minutes in the first half, which led to three rebounds and one assist. 

After the game, coach Boeheim claimed there wasn't anything physically wrong with Dajuan. "They hit the two short-corner jump shots, and that's his spot," Boeheim said. "Tyler's (Lydon) been playing unbelievable in the middle, and we won the tournament because we played him in the center spot. So, I think it'd be a good idea to try to do what we've been doing, seeing how we just won a big tournament. It's pretty simple, really."

Coleman was asked if he wanted the frontcourt to get more offensive looks, especially when the team is struggling offensively, "I mean, we want to be apart of it. We just need to show coach we can do it." 

In the Battle 4 Atlantis, Coleman played more minutes and provided better results. When in the game, he was a factor on the boards, a rock in the middle of the 2-3 zone and didn't turn the ball over on the offensive end. Nobody expects Dajuan to contribute much offensively, but he is expected to rebound, which he has. 

Sophomore guard Kaleb Joseph broke out of his slump tonight, which led to more minutes, which led to less for Coleman. 

"Kaleb had a really good first half," the 71-year-old said. As to why he played over Coleman while the team was struggling on the glass, "I thought he would make something happen in the second half."

The Orange were out-rebounded 51-25 in the game. Wisconsin's thirty-five defensive rebounds were more than SU's total rebounds. 

Why Dajuan Coleman didn't see the floor in the second half is baffling. 

"I guess he (Boeheim) don't trust me out there," Coleman said after the game. 

"He (Boeheim) didn't really say nothing," Coleman responded when asked if he had received reasoning on the lack of minutes. "I've just gotta keep working." 


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