Weekly Record: 1-0
After a sluggish start led to just a four point halftime lead over the Big Red, the Syracuse Orange took control in the second half to cruise to the easy victory to improve to 8-3 on the year. Rebounding has been an issue for Syracuse all season, consistently getting outrebounded by smaller teams. On Saturday, that wasn't a problem with the Orange grabbing a 21-rebound advantage over Cornell behind a game high 12 rebounds from Tyler Roberson. He also tied teammate Malachi Richardson with a game-high 15 points.
In the easy victory, the Orange even let the walk-ons and players at the end of the bench take the floor in the final minutes with guys like Adrian Autry and Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye getting to see the court. The Orange shot 43% from the floor including nearly 50% in the second half as they pulled away. In doing so, they held Big Red to just 31% shooting on the afternoon.
Stars of the Week
Tyler Roberson: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 7-10 fgm/a, 2 blocks
In 33 minutes the product of Union, NJ had maybe his most complete game of the season, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds and tying a game-high with 15 points. Eight of his boards came on the offensive end, cleaning up misses from long-range time and time again. He also was able to stay out of foul trouble for most of the game, recording only three personals, something he has struggled to do at times this year.
Malachi Richardson: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5-11 fgm/a, 2 assists, 2 steals
At this point in his young career, Richardson has shown he can do a little bit of everything. He can shoot. He can rebound. He can pass. He does everything you want a small forward to do. He's able to stretch the floor and shoot the three like Syracuse is famous for doing and he is also able to put it on the floor and drive the lane. This week was no different, shooting well inside and outside. And to top off his all-around solid game, the freshman recorded his first career block against Cornell.
Kaleb Joseph: 3 assists, 2 steals, 0 points
You look at Joseph's stat line and it doesn't look like he did much to help the Orange to the victory. But delve a little deeper and you see he recorded a season high in assists and steals, playing team-first basketball. Joseph will never be a star on this team, but if he is able to put in a few games here and there like this and is able to give Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney some much needed rest, he can help this team a long way.
Lowlight of the Week
Trevor Cooney: 10 points, 2 rebounds 3-10 fga/m
In 34 minutes against Big Red, Cooney was only able to manage 10 points on three shots from distance and a free throw. So far, he is averaging a team-high 37.8 minutes a game. This is eerily similar to last season with he averaged 37.2 minutes per contest and looked beyond tired for much of the second half. This team doesn't have the backcourt talent to allow Cooney many nights with a great deal of rest. So he has to be able to keep it turned on every night. Otherwise most of the backcourt production will fall on Michael Gbinije who just so happens to be playing about 25 seconds a game less than Cooney.
In the final tune-up games before the ACC schedule begins, the Orange will face Montana State of the Big Sky Tuesday night. Then, next Sunday afternoon, Syracuse plays their final non-conference game of the year and take on Texas Southern of the SWAC.