Sims makes solid return

The normal cascade of boos that comes down from the Syracuse rafters during the announcements of the opposing team's lineup was replaced with a loud ovation when former Orangemen Lazarus Sims was announced in the Globetrotter's lineup, Tuesday night.

Sims, a four-year player at Syracuse (1993-96), was a member of the 1996 team that advanced to the NCAA final against Kentucky. He ranks sixth in career assists (432) at Syracuse and also has the fourth-highest single-season assists total (281).

The point guard scored nine points and dished out nine assists in the Globetrotter's (6-0) 83-70 win over Syracuse (1-1) in the exhibition game. The Orangemen will start the regular season Nov. 26 at home against Charlotte.

"I'm home," Sims said. "This is where I grew up. This is where I come back to."

"Z (Lazarus Sims) played great," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, "and probably hurt us the most."

Sims, who has appeared in all six of the Globetrotter's games in their college tour, has averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 minutes a game.

Staring in his first game with the Globetrotters, he was sharp all night, highlighted by a 3-pointer to send the game to half with the Globetrotters dominating 50-33.

"He's one of the smartest players I've ever seen," Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara said. "He's tricky and he's always looking for his teammates."

Sims, who played at Henniger High School, was back in Syracuse several weeks ago to practice with the Orangemen and took Syracuse guard Josh Pace under his wing. The two matched up throughout the game – Pace finished with 16 points, four assists, and nine rebounds.

"(Pace) will get better," Sims said. "They just have to stay together. They'll be fine, they have a whole season to work on it."

Instead of trash talking throughout the game, Sims kept encouraging Pace.

"He kept telling me to keep on the freshmen," Pace said. "He told me how important leadership was."

When the final buzzer sounded, Pace and Sims met at half court, exchanging a handshake and a hug.

"(Sims) played well," Pace said. "He did everything a point guard should do. He dished it and shot the ball well."

Big Bruisers
The Orangemen were badly outrebounded 50-44, including giving up 22 offensive rebounds, partially because of the tough, physical, inside play of Globetrotter forwards Ron Rollerson (6-foot-10, 320 pounds) and Jermain Tate (6-foot-9, 246).

Rollerson and Tate punished the Orangemen inside all night, combining for 22 points and 17 rebounds.

"Our inside presence has to get better," Boeheim said.

Had forward Hakim Warrick not gotten hurt, the Orangemen would've likely went without centers Craig Forth and McNeil for the second half, Boeheim said.

Forth has horribly ineffective, missing all three of his shots, while turning the ball over three times in 12 minutes. Meanwhile, McNeil fared a little better, but collected three fouls in his 21 minutes. Both struggled to keep the Globetrotter centers off the boards.

"They were big and aggressive," Edelin said. "We're going to have to play against people like that. We have to rebound."

Roberts fills in
Terrance Roberts received a majority of Warrick's playing time, after Warrick twisted his ankle with 2:01 left in the first half with the Orangemen trailing, 55-30. Warrick did not appear at all in the second half, leaving the Carrier Dome to go get X-rays on his ankle.

Roberts took Warrick's starting spot in the lineup during the second half, as the Orangemen sent out a starting five of Jeremy McNeil, Roberts, Pace, Billy Edelin and McNamara.

"Terrence is going to get nothing but better everyday," Boeheim said. "This was a very good experience for him to show what he can do."

Roberts misfired badly on his first shot from the top of the key and missed a layup on a nice feed from Edelin with 18:10 left in the second half. But the freshman regrouped and fired in a lefty hook with two defenders flanking him three minutes later.

Roberts ended up playing 30 minutes, collecting eight points and seven rebounds.

Notes and Quotes
Syracuse unveiled its 2003 national championship banner right before the start of the game, drawing a rousing ovation from the 20,733 who attended. … In a classless move, Globetrotter forward Charles Wells went for a layup with .6 seconds remaining with the Globetrotters well in control. He was booed heavily from the small crowd still remaining. … "Our purpose isn't to win game. I would have loved to play more guys in the second half if they earned it, but they didn't." – Coach Boeheim.

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