The 11-0, no. 5-ranked Syracuse University men's basketball team was one of a handful of teams in the country still unblemished. The Orange was off to its best start since 1999-2000 season, when it had a 19-0 start.
Oakland (6-6), a Summit League team from the Detroit suburbs had been battle tested, with two of its losses coming to nationally-ranked foes like no. 1 Kansas and Michigan State.
In the last non-conference game before Big East play got started, SU conquered Oakland for the second consecutive year 92-60, and freshman point guard Brandon Triche had a lot to do with it.
Triche was nearly perfect from the field, making nine of the 10 shots he took. He posted his career-best performance of 27 points, adding four assists, and four rebounds in just 27 minutes of court time.
In addition, Triche was a perfect six-for-six from the 3-point arc, a school record. The previous record for most consecutive threes was five, held jointly by Carmelo Anthony, Todd Burgun, and Greg Monroe. And had coach Jim Boeheim not pulled Triche out of the contest with 10:57 left, the numbers might have been more gaudy.
Nevertheless, Syracuse remained undefeated at 12-0, for reasons that went beyond Triche's career effort.
Wesley Johnson contributed with his 6th double-double posting 19 points, 11 rebounds in 31 minutes of playing time. Johnson continues to prove that he is multi-faceted, with a commitment to defense, often gathering loose rebounds or blocking shots at the critical stages of the game.
Credit should be also given to Rick Jackson who played an extended role covering for the injured Arinze Onuaku. who played only five minutes on this night. Jackson delivered yet another strong outing, with 14 points and five rebounds.
Mookie Jones gave the Orange productive minutes leading all scorers off the bench with 13 points. Kris Joseph finished with seven points and seven rebounds.