|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 3:25 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange welcomed a huge imprint that junior center Paschal Chukwu left on their game at home against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.
In seven games last season for the Orange, Chukwu amounted 12 points, in total.
For this contest with Oakland, Chukwu gathered 12 points in one game as opposed to over seven.
He was one point shy of his combined total through his three games prior combined this season (13).
Chukwu finished the contest with the Golden Grizzlies just two blocks shy of a triple-double, with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and eight blocks, for easily his best game of his short collegiate career with the Orange.
The importance of inside play cannot go overstated for Syracuse as they have struggled from beyond the arc early on this season, and as a recurring theme in the program, tend to rely too much on the outside.
This game, by far their best as a team through the first four contests this season, ended with the Orange taking 56 field-goal attempts from inside the arc as opposed to a mere eight from three-point range.
The result? Their largest margin of victory in four games, winning by 24 (74-50), making half of their tries from inside the arc for the game, on 28-for-56 (50%).