continued Colgate, who had averaged 86.3 points per game heading into this contest, struggled here. The Raiders came in averaging nearly 10 3-pointers per-outing, but went nine-for-28 against SU’s tall and active 2-3 zone.
Dajuan Coleman finished with a season-high 12 points and seven rebounds. Forward teammate Rakim Christmas matched his scoring best with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Murphy Burnatowski, Pat Moore and John Brandenburg led Colgate scoring eight points apiece. Moore, a graduate of Utica-Notre Dame, entered the contest having made 14 of 17 3-pointers in his previous two contests. But he was two-for-eight from beyond the arc and three-for-12 overall before fouling out with 6:02 left.
Burnatowski and Mitch Rolls each hit a 3 pointer in the first 63 seconds of the game, which prompted Boeheim to call an early time-out. SU quickly answered, posting an 11-5 run as Coleman set the tone, scoring four points on two floating hook shots.
After the tied it 11-11 on Burnatowki's bank shot 3-pointer from the right corner, Triche scored with a strong drive to the basket and Southerland delivered his third 3-pointer and a powerful baseline dunk over the 6-foot-9 Brandenburg.
SU’s defense was stellar as Colgate gradually cooled off shooting from outside. As Southerland, Triche, Coleman and Carter-Williams navigated SU's offense, freshman Trevor Cooney did not fare as well, missing all five shots he took, but by forcing 14 turnovers, the Orange led 38-24 at the half.
In the second half, Syracuse sealed the game with an 18-9 run, also making 17 consecutive free throws while going 25-for-32 from the line overall.
In the closing 3:35 a relieved Cooney broke a long drought scoring with a terrific move from the baseline penetrating to the basket, earning a rousing ovation from the Dome fans before he went to the bench.
.“It’s easy to say brush it off your shoulders when you miss, but it definitely gets to you, without a doubt,” said Cooney. But you can't let it get to you too much. You just got to keep playing and not let it affect (your) game.”