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Four takeaways from SU's 64-62 victory over Duke

Four takeaways from SU's 64-62 win at Cameron last night.

Syracuse defeated Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium last night for the first time in school history. The Orange won their third straight game, improving to 13-7 overall, 3-4 in the ACC.

Here are four takeaways from the game:

1. Tyler Roberson was a monster: Last night, junior forward Tyler Roberson was simply remarkable on the glass. He scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds. He tied Billy Owens' Syracuse record for most offensive rebounds in one game with 12, and set the record for most rebounds by an opposing player at Cameron Indoor Stadium. When Roberson rebounds and gives the effort like he did on Monday night, SU is a completely different team. 

2. Consistency: Trevor CooneyMichael GbinijeMalachi Richardson and Tyler Roberson each scored 14 points for the Orange last night. The consistency across the board, after a sluggish first half offensively, was crucial for the Orange. Unlike prior games, opponents couldn't focus on one offensive threat, as everyone chipped in. Michael Gbinije also had 9 assists, which tied a career-high. It's always nice to have a 25+ point game from someone, but consistency won the game for the Orange last night.

3. Bahamas-like shooting performance: The Orange went 11-for-23 (47.8%) from 3-point range last night, which reminded everyone of their shooting performances from the Bahamas. Monday night at Cameron looked like the Syracuse team, from 3-point range, that SU fans expected this season, and the team that everyone saw at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Four different players hit multiple 3-pointers on Monday: Cooney, Gbinije, Lydon and Richardson. 

4. Defense: Duke didn't shoot particularly well last night, but the SU 2-3 zone has to receive credit for that. The Blue Devils missed 27 3-pointers (10-for-37), and shot 37% (23-for-62) from the field. Duke averages 85.6 points per game this season, which is 8th-best in the country. Last night, Syracuse held them to 62 points in their own building. 

Honorable mention: The free throw shooting last night was horendous, again. The Orange went 3-for-8 (37.5%) from the charity stripe. Somehow, it didn't come back to bite Syracuse last night, but it's worth addressing. SU can't be a consistently good basketball team if they're shooting 37% from the free throw line - it's that simple. 


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