NCAA Game Summary - Alcorn State at Syracuse|
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: (9) Syracuse 57, Alcorn State 36
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - C.J. Fair led a balanced Syracuse scoring
attack with 13 points, as the ninth-ranked Orange bounced back from their
first loss of the season with a 57-36 triumph over Alcorn State as part of the
Gotham Classic at the Carrier Dome.
Trevor Cooney donated 12 points off the bench, while DaJuan Coleman added
eight points and six rebounds in the victory, which moved head coach Jim
Boeheim (901) within one victory of Bob Knight for second place on the NCAA
all-time wins list.
Marquiz Baker led all scorers with 15 points for the Braves (2-13), who have
lost nine straight games.
Syracuse (11-1) was playing in its first game since a surprising 83-79 loss to
Temple on Dec. 22, and despite a season-low scoring output, the Orange were
able to avoid making it two losses in a row.
"Our defense was good. I think sometimes what happens when you lose your first
game you come back and you start thinking about things," Boeheim said. "I
think we got frustrated offensively, really, most of the night."
It wouldn't come easily for the Orange, though, as they failed to score a
field goal over the first eight-plus minutes of the second half and the Braves
With Syracuse holding an 18-point edge three minutes into the final frame,
Alcorn State ripped off 11 straight points, including eight from Baker, to
pull within 36-29 at the 12:18 mark.
Cooney's triple with 11:22 left gave the Orange their first field goal of the
second half and Fair followed with a dunk to push the lead to 41-29 near the
midpoint of the stanza.
Jamaal Hester answered with a layup to cut the difference back to 10, but the
Orange reeled off 10 of the next 11 points to build a comfortable 51-32 lead
with under five minutes to play.
Alcorn State went the final four-plus minutes without a field goal, allowing
the Orange to cruise to victory down the stretch.
"We have a lot of new guys on the team, first time in this atmosphere, and I
think they just got a little jittery," Baker admitted. "Just jitters,
Early on, Syracuse used a 12-0 run midway through the opening half to help
build a 32-16 advantage at the break.
Syracuse improved to 9-0 at the Carrier Dome this season and has won a school-
record 31 straight games at the Dome ... LeAntwan Luckett finished with 11
points for the Braves ... Alcorn State shot 43.8 percent from the field,
compared to just 37.5 percent for Syracuse.
12/29 23:13:53 ET