SYRACUSE Michael Carter-Williams racked up a career-high 14 assists, James Southerland registered 18 points and Brandon Triche added 15 points and seven rebounds.
It was a recipe for success as Syracuse played 40 solid minutes of basketball and hammered Colgate 87-51 Sunday afternoon in front of 17,156 spectators at the Carrier Dome.
Carter-Williams also had eight points and six rebounds, but it was his passes that proved the highlight of the day. He assisted on nine of the Orange's first 10 baskets, giving him a real opportunity at challenging the school record for assists in a game.
“I did not know how many I had,” said Carter-Williams, who boosted his season total to 37 assists against just 11 turnovers. “I was just out there playing. My teammates were knocking down shots. I just tried to make it look easy for them.”
Sherman Douglas holds the Syracuse record of 22 assists in a game, set against Providence in January 1989. Pearl Washington had 18 against St. John's in February 1984, and Douglas is among five players to notch 14 in a game.
The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams, who had 11 assists and three turnovers against Wagner a week ago, easily could have more, according to Southerland and head coach Jim Boeheim.
“I could have gotten him four or five more assists,” said Southerland, who was four-for-nine on 3-pointers and seven-for-12 from the floor overall. “He's doing a good job looking for teammates, and I've seen a big difference.”
The Orange, who improved to 4-0 on the season ahead of Friday night’s trip to Arkansas, dominated the stat sheet outscoring the Raiders in the paint 42-14 and got 21 points off turnovers.
In addition, SU won the battle 18-4 on fast breaks and had a major advantage engineering 16-4 second chance points over an improved Colgate side, who fell to 3-4. The Orange has won 25 straight times in the Dome and has beaten the Raiders 47 times in a row.