Offensively, SU shot the ball the best they have all season on their way to a 13-point victory.
Four takeaways from the win:
1. 62 percent: Syracuse shot 62 percent from the field last night, which was easily their best percentage all season. Before Thursday's victory over Florida State, their best shooting percentage was 49.2 against Charlotte earlier this season. The Orange scored 85 points and went 31-for-50 from the field in what Jim Boeheim called their best offensive game of the season.
2. Fast start: The Orange got off to a fast start, in large part due to Malachi Richardson. The freshman forward scored seven quick points to give the Orange a 14-8 lead at the first media timeout. After that, Syracuse never looked back, leading by as many as 24 points at one point in the second half. I talked about a Richardson fast start would lead to success in the game preview, and it proved true Thursday night.
3. Coleman strong second half: Junior center Dajuan Coleman had arguably his best three minutes in a Syracuse uniform last night. He scored the first six points of the second half, and issued an impressive pass to a cutting Malachi Richardson for a layup. The Orange went up by nine points and the Carrier Dome crowd was the loudest all night. It's no secret everyone rallies behind Coleman, and last night was no exception. He was terrific in those three minutes, and it helped secure a fourth straight Orange victory.
4. Gbinije's efficiency: Michael Gbinije scored 22 points on eight shots last night, which proved to be his most efficient night in as a member of the Syracuse basketball program. He was 4-of-5 from 3-point range and tied his career-high eight rebounds. Gbinije continues to make a case for ACC Player of the Year, although it may come as a stretch. He was recently left off the Naismith Award Watch List. After the game last night, he said that only gives him motivation moving forward. "It gives me something to prove, that's for sure."