The Orange were finally able to put together two halves of basketball, which is something we have yet to see this conference season.
Here are four takeaways from the win:
1. Malachi getting to the basket: We saw an aggressive Malachi Richardson against BC, which, as I've stated before, benefits everyone. When Richardson puts the ball on the floor and gets into the paint, he becomes that much more effective. He led all scorers with fifteen points on Wednesday, while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. On a night the Orange weren't hitting their 3-pointers, Richardson took matters into his own hands.
2. Dajuan Coleman: Coleman had a solid outing on Wednesday, scoring eleven points and grabbing five rebounds in 26 minutes. Dajuan did a little of everything: blocked a shot, rebounded, took mid-range jumpers and was aggressive on both ends of the floor. His extended minutes showed that Coleman can still produce for the Orange -- the question is, how consistent can he be?
3. 21-2 run: Syracuse closed the first half on a 21-2 run, which gave them a 30-15 halftime lead. After that, the Orange didn't look back on their way to a 62-40 victory. In a game where both teams started slow, the run gave the Orange a comfortable lead, and some much-needed breathing room. In the past four ACC games, Syracuse was forced to play nearly perfect basketball down the stretch. Tonight, SU could play more loosely, which was a nice change in pace. The walk-ons entered the game with 37 seconds left. It felt like Syracuse basketball again.
4. Roberson dominated despite foul trouble: After picking up his fourth foul with 14:21 remaining in the game, Tyler Roberson took a seat on the bench and didn't move the rest of the game. His night was finished, but before his three quick fouls in the second half, he was dominant. The junior forward finished with ten points and twelve rebounds. When he was in the game, it felt as if Roberson went for every single rebound, which ultimately got him in foul trouble. Tonight we saw a 'plugged-in Robey,' as SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins would say. If he didn't get in foul trouble, Roberson may have found himself in the 20 & 16 range.