SU hoops cruises to 3-0 start

Orange lean on defense in first two home wins

— Aside from those turnovers, SU collectively had 10 steals and matched it with 10 blocked shots The hosts held Wagner to just 20-for-61 (33.3 percent) shooting from the floor, including 5 of 17 from 3-point range.

Wagner trailed 11-3 after Triche's left-handed tap in, but countered with a 10-0 run. The Seahawks' lead was brief, as Cooney scored five points and hit his first career 3-pointer to put SU in front again.

The SU zone clamped down and held Wagner to one basket over the final 8:26 of the half. Syracuse methodically outscored Wagner 18-5 despite shooting poorly, so it led 36-23 at the break.

But the second half brought much better shots. Triche, Fair and Carter-Williams keyed an 18-3 run that expanded the lead to 48-29, and Cooney followed that up with a diving defensive effort that led to a Carter-Williams dunk. Southerland, with outside shots, and Keita, with his inside work, protected that lead the rest of the way.

“Overall I think we are doing a good job on defense, getting around screens, keeping people outside and making them shoot from the perimeter,”said SU head coach Jim Boeheim.

“Offensively, we were a little in and out. We had some good opportunities in the first half, some really good looks and didn't make them. In the second half we did. It's a lot easier when those jump shots go in."

A stiff challenge followed three nights later, against Princeton, but again the Orange prevailed, generating a closing 12-5 run to pull away to prevail 73-53.

The 20-point victory was not the true reflection of what the score was. Ahead by double digits most of the way, the Orange watched the Tigers roar back with a barrage of 3-pointers.

Playing with a sense of urgency SU closed out with clutch baskets from Southerland, Carter-Williams and Triche to claim its 24th straight home win and 35th in a row over an Ivy League opponent.

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