Jon Cerio

Orange Fly High Against the Eagles

Orange Offense Flies Like an Eagle Against Eastern Michigan

What a difference two days make.  After some offensive woes against the Hoyas, Syracuse came out firing on all cylinders against Eastern Michigan tonight in the Carrier Dome, earning a convincing 105-57 victory.  Eight Orange players scored in double figures on the night, including a game-high 18 points from Tyus Battle.

"We made a lot of shots and we got the ball in the right places and got some really good looks," Coach Boeheim said.

Syracuse started the game down low with a basket from Dajuan Coleman.  From there, the Orange went on a 24-6 run with Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson leading the charge.

Sporadic offense from Eastern Michigan's Baylee Steele, Nick Madray, and others couldn't withstand the firepower of the Orange attack.

"I think we did a better job of covering perimeter guys," Boeheim said.  "We've been giving perimeter guys open looks all year."

Syracuse closed out the first half on a 25-5 run, which included threes from Lydon and Battle, as well as some crowd stirring dunks from Roberson and Coleman.  The Orange led 52-24 at the half.  The 52 points mark Syracuse's highest first half point total of the season.

The Orange shot 59 percent from the floor in the first half, more than doubling Eastern Michigan's 28 percent.  On a sour note, Tyler Lydon exited the game with 4:19 remaining in the half, and did not return.  He was seen on the bench with ice on his right foot.  No word on the severity of the injury as of yet.

Syracuse continued to ride high in the second half, even without Lydon.  Seven seconds into the half, Andrew White hit a three pointer to put the Orange up by 31 points.

Willie Magnum had a jumper and a three-ball for the Eagles, but within that span Gillon and Coleman accounted for ten of the Orange's twelve points.  Tyler Roberson had back-to-back jams around the 11:00 minute mark for Syracuse, giving the Orange an 81-38 advantage.

SU never looked back, as they cruised to the 105-57 victory.  Battle, White, Gillon, Lydon, Coleman, Thompson, Howard, and Roberson all scored in double figures on the night.  Roberson and Thompson led the way on the glass with 15 of the Orange's 45 boards.  

"I know they have a chance to make a run and be at the top of the ACC," Eastern Michigan Coach Rob Murphy said.

Syracuse had a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio with a whopping 34 assists, on an underwhelming 17 turnovers.  The Orange improve to 7-4 on the year.  Next up is St. John's in the Dome on Wednesday night.

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