“I just like to do everything on the basketball court,” said Carter-Williams who is making strong case for the best point guard in the county. “I like to get assists, score, block shots, steals, and rebounds. To get a steal or pass to my teammate is a great feeling."
The Orange overcame a slow start (eight-for-22) shooting and finished 42 of 82 from the floor. SU hit 11 of 30 from 3-point range, blocked 14 shots and had 12 steals.
Following in his teammates footsteps, Fair contributed with his second straight double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Triche scored 18 points and dished out eight assists. Cooney had a career-best performance chiming in with 15 points. James Southerland broke out of a two-game slump that followed his record-tying nine 3-pointers at Arkansas a week earlier, finishing with 14 points.
“I think last year we lost a fare share of rebounds, which made it harder for us to win games,” said Triche. “We have challenged ourselves to be a better rebounding team on both ends of the court. Our defense stepped up forced turnovers and the offense was able to capitalize scoring on most of them.”
Rakeem Christmas contributed 11 points and four blocks. Gradually improving, Coleman matched Christmas's with 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Syracuse out-rebounded Monmouth 63-38 overall.
The Hawks actually led 13-12 early, and were tied 19-19 before the Orange took over. Triche's 3 pointer and another one followed up by Carter-Williams propelled Syracuse on a 30-6 run, and the Orange outscored the reeling Hawks 38-9 to close out the half.
SU had eight blocks in the opening 20 minutes, which took a toll on the undersized Hawks. In one sequence, Carter-Williams and Fair delivered consecutive blocks on the same possession, which allowed Southerland to cash in on a three-point play at the other end.