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SU silences critics, conquers Michigan State

fouls. Of the first nine points, seven came from the free-throw line.

SU's defense only got stronger as the night went on. The Spartans' offense was discombobulated missing six straight field goals thanks to the Orange's extremely active 2/3 zone.

Meanwhile, the offense started to click, as C.J. Fair and Jackson hit on back-to-back dunks, to the delight of the 19,124 in MSG, most of them pulling for SU.

Hitting both inside and outside, SU's lead grew to 25-16, and there it stayed the rest of the half as, at the break, the Orange nursed a 38-29 lead.

In the second half, the Spartans made one big run, cutting SU's advantage to 53-50. But the Orange reasserted its dominance, manhandling Michigan State with excellent passing, and a defense that kept forcing turnovers.

SU put the game out reach with a 7-0 run, as Jardine converted back to back lay-ups to help key this most important win.

Following this, the Orange deserved a respite - and certainly got one Saturday night as it maintained its perfect mark by blasting winless Colgate 100-43 in front 21,427 in the Carrier Dome.

The 57-point final equaled the largest margin of victory in Boeheim's 35-year tenure at SU. The Orange have also won 45 straight meetings over the Raiders, dating back to the 1961-62 season.

This time around, the 2-3 zone demolished Colgate, only allowing three field goals in the entire first half. And the offense spread around, with nine players on the board and four reaching double digits.

Dion Waiters led all participants with a season-high 17 points. Jackson delivered yet another double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Jardine contributed 13 points and six assists without a turnover.

Triche, mired in a shooting slump, finally had a breakout game. He registered 14 points and five rebounds, hitting a 3-pointer for the first time since the game against Detroit back in November.

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