SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Eleven different players scored for #5/5 Syracuse (1-0) as the Orange opened the 2011-12 campaign with a 78-53 victory against Fordham (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.
Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters led the SU offense as both reached double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Joseph moved to four points away from 1,000 in his SU career. Waiters shot 6-of-9 from the field and scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half.
The Orange shot 47 percent from the field and held the Rams offense to just 34 percent field- goal shooting (18-of-52). Fab Melo had four of SU’s seven blocks on the evening, and the Orange defense forced 19 Rams turnovers while collecting 11 steals. SU also had 43-32 advantage on the glass.
A Michael Carter-Williams jumper at 9:24 of the first half gave SU an 18-8 lead and from there, SU would play with a double-digit cushion for the remainder of the game.
A layup from Scoop Jardine pushed the Orange advantage to 30-12, its largest of the first half. SU used a balanced attacked as eight players found the scoring column, while Jardine, Joseph, Brandon Triche and James Southerland shared a team-high five points. The Orange took a 32-19 lead into halftime.
Waiters took the game over in the second half, scoring nine of the team’s 11 points in a three-minute span. The SU lead would balloon to as large as 30 on two different occasions in the second half and the Orange would eventually secure a 25-point victory.
Triche had a team-high seven rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass. He also tied Jardin for a team high in assists as each dished out three helpers.
Southerland and C.J. Fair had solid games in reserve roles as both logged 20 minutes or more. Southerland filled the stat sheet with seven points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, while Fair had nine points, five rebounds a block and a steal.
Fordham's Chris Gaston had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists and Bryan Smith had 13 points.
The Orange is back in action Monday night inside the Carrier Dome as SU hosts one of four NIT Season Tip-Off qualifying sites. Syracuse will square off with Manhattan at 7:00 p.m. Albany and Brown will play in the afternoon game at 4:00 p.m. The winners of those games will meet on Tuesday night for the right to play at Madison Square Garden on November 23rd and 25th. Oklahoma State, Stanford and Virginia Tech are the three other host sites.