SYRACUSE Wednesday evening inside the Carrier Dome, what was projected to be a competitive contest turned into yet another landslide victory for Syracuse University's no. 1-ranked men's basketball team.
The Orange was run off the court last season and lost to Seton Hall in overwhelming fashion 77-61. However, this time around was a completely different story as SU, out for revenge and atoned by pummeling the Pirates 75- 49.
The 13-0 Orange dictated the pace of the game with balanced scoring supplemented with a hyper-active 2/3 zone. Eleven players scored, four of them in double digits.
But it was 7-0 Fab Melo that was, literally, the center of attention. Melo tied his career-best in points registering 12 to along with seven rebounds. In addition, he broke his school’s record with 10 blocked shots and may have even recorded a triple double had head coach Jim Boeheim allowed him to play longer.
“It's very special to me to put my number in the record book for Syracuse University,” said Melo.
Overall, SU generated a season’s best 15 blocks and 17 takeaways. The Orange leads the nation in steals, averaging 12.5 per game.
“They kept coming right at him and he was there,” Boeheim said. “He only played 25 minutes too. He had a great defensive game.”
Seton Hall (11-2) scored a season-low 49 points and was greatly hindered, committing 23 turnovers. SU rattled the Pirates from the field, too, forcing them into 19-for-60 (31.7 percent), including seven-of-20 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Orange went 31-for-67 from the floor.
Dion Waiters who is competing for a starting spot, added 15 points, three assists and three steals. Brandon Triche scored 10 points, but overall it was a sub-par evening for the junior. SU's stalwart performance enabled their team to overcome a scoreless outing from Kris Joseph.