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Four takeaways from SU's 80-67 victory over Texas Southern

Syracuse won their non-conference finale on Sunday, defeating Texas Southern, 80-67. Here are four takeaways from the victory:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse extended their winning streak to three games on Sunday as the Orange defeated Texas Southern in their non-conference finale, 80-67.

Here are four takeaways from Sunday's victory:

1. Dajuan Coleman: For the second consecutive game, Coleman found himself in double figures in a convincing victory. Against Montana State, DC finished with thirteen points in twelve minutes. On Sunday, the 6-foot-9 center matched a career-high fourteen points in twenty minutes. He also added seven rebounds to his stat line. Don't look now, but Coleman is starting to find his groove with ACC play right around the corner.

2. Plethora of scoring: Also for the second consecutive game, the Orange had five players in double figures. The last time SU had five in double figures, before last week's victory over Montana State, was in 2014 against VillanovaMichael Gbinije led Syracuse with fifteen points, Coleman and Trevor Cooney scored fourteen each, Tyler Lydon had thirteen and Malachi Richardson scored ten. 

3. 3-pointers: SU shot 30% (8-for-26) from 3-point range on Sunday. This is starting to become a reoccurring theme for the Orange. Gbinije (2-for-8 from deep) continued his poor shooting of late. However, Trevor Cooney may have found his groove, shooting 50% (4-for-8) from deep on Sunday. If SU is going to make some noise in ACC play, they'll need the 3-ball to be intact. 

4. SU has their third guardFreshman guard Frank Howard has all but emerged as the No. 3 guard on the team, ahead of sophomore Kaleb Joseph. Joseph came in with just seconds remaining in the first half, allowed a 3-pointer on his side of the zone, and didn't play another second. Howard, on the other hand, played nineteen minutes, scored six points and had three steals. The frosh had another solid game, only turning the ball over once. 

Honorable mention: Syracuse shot 77% (14-for-18) from the free throw line. This will be another key to success come ACC play, which begins on Wednesday night at Pittsburgh.


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