Winston-Salem, N.C. -- For a second straight league game, Syracuse came out victorious. Thanks to Trevor Cooney's game-high 25 points, the Orange blew out Wake Forest, 83-55, to notch their twelfth win of the season.
Here are four takeaways from the win:
1. Trevor Cooney: Syracuse senior guard Trevor Cooney came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. He scored 19 points in the first ten minutes of the game, en route to a 25-point performance. He had 21 points in the first half. After the game, Cooney admitted this was the best he has felt all season. He went 6-of-11 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Two games ago, he scored a season-high 27 points against No. 6 North Carolina at the Carrier Dome. SU will need Cooney to stay hot with road games at Duke and Virginia in the next six days.
2. 47-point first half: Syracuse scored 47 points in the first half, their second-highest scoring first half of the season behind Charlotte (50). Leading 47-27 at halftime, the game was never in jeopardy and the Orange cruised to a 28-point victory. Recently, we've seen what can happen when the Orange aren't hitting shots. Well, today we realized what can happen when they are. SU can be very dangerous in the ACC if they shoot the way they did on Saturday.
3. Foul trouble: Throughout the entire game, the Orange big-men found themselves in foul trouble. For a majority of the second half, Dajuan Coleman was forced to sit due to foul trouble. Chinonso Obokoh, who only played 13 minutes, fouled out late in the second half. Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon each finished the game with four fouls, while Gbinije and Roberson finished with three a piece. Due to the game being so one-sided, the foul trouble didn't affect the Orange all that much. However, this is the type of foul trouble that will lose a team games. With Duke on Monday, SU cannot afford to get in foul trouble.
4. Plugged in Robey: Tyler Roberson stayed hot on Saturday, scoring sixteen points and grabbing thirteen rebounds. He earned his second straight double-double, and his fourth overall this season. Syracuse won the rebounding battle, 43-35, largely due to Roberson's production. We've seen two different Tyler Roberson's this season: the plugged in version, and the unplugged version. On Saturday, he was plugged in. His consistency is improving and he's beginning to shape into a legitimate threat on both ends of the floor.
Honorable mention: This was exactly the type of game SU needed - a convincing win - as they head into an important matchup with Duke on Monday night (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). The Blue Devils' lost their second straight game on Saturday, 95-91, to Notre Dame, while the Orange have won two straight. Monday's game is that much more important given the circumstances for both teams. SU is looking for a signature win, while the Dukies are trying to avoid a 3-game losing streak.