|Posted on December 9, 2017 at 3:50 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange returned to the Carrier Dome after going 2-1 in their biggest three-game test of the season thus far, defeating the Maryland Terrapins at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, losing to the Kansas Jayhawks by 16 in Miami, Florida (HoopHall Invitational) and winning versus the UConn Huskies in New York City, New York (Jimmy V Classic).
With a 7-1 record, they were now playing host to the Colgate Red Raiders.
Junior point guard Frank Howard began the game for Syracuse with a positive but also a negative, something that has plagued him throughout the early season, making a long-range jumper to put the Orange ahead 3-0 but following with a turnover.
In the previous game versus UConn, Howard had nine of Syracuse's 15 turnovers despite the win.
Sophomore shooting guard Tyus Battle would connect on three consecutive jump shots, the first two coming from long range, to make it 23-16 in the first half.
Then, "Three-Point-Play Oshae" went to work, with true freshman forward Oshae Brissett dunking it over his defender and knocking down the following free throw.
At the break, Battle had 15 points in 20 minutes, going 6-for-10 from the field, including a 3-for-6 performance from long range.
As a team, the Orange made 57.7% of their field-goal attempts (15-for-26, going 10-for-14 inside and 5-for-12 from beyond the arc). Five of Syracuse's seven players had points in the first half, with only redshirt-freshman forward Matthew Moyer and true freshman forward Marek Dolezaj going scoreless. However, Dolezaj aided the team in the opening half with four assists, three rebounds, and one steal.
Syracuse held the lead for 18:11 of 20 minutes in the first half, up 38-26 at the break.
Colgate fought to within two posessions in the first five minutes of the second half, thanks to a 10-5 run out of the gate. going 4-for-6 after beginning the second half 0-for-3 from the field.
It would take almost halfway through the second half, at the 10:02 mark, for Battle to get his first field goal of the second half. He would connect on back-to-back field goals to rise to 20 points.
Brissett would follow with two made field goals in a row himself, a three-pointer from almost straight on and then a tough take to the rim, elevating him to 19 points at the time and the team to a 61-48 lead.
With the Red Raiders moving into a single-digit deficit, Howard took a deep leaner that fell into the nylon to place the Orange ahead 65-54 with 4:13 to play.
Battle (24 points), Brissett (20 points), and Howard (18 points) combined to score 62 of Syracuse's 72 points in a 72-58 victory over Colgate.
This game marked the seventh time in nine games that Battle finished with at least 20 points.
With the win, Syracuse improves to 8-1 on the season, 7-0 at home.