SYRACUSE, N.Y. - For the second straight game, four Syracuse players reached double-figures and the No. 9/7 Orange defeated Colgate 69-50 in front of 25,519 fans at the Carrier Dome, the largest crowd of the 2013-14 college basketball season.
The win marked the 48th consecutive victory for the Orange (3-0) over its Central New York foe Colgate (0-2). It is the longest active win streak over one school in Division I.
Senior C.J. Fair posted game highs of 20 points and seven rebounds to lead all Syracuse players. Freshman Tyler Ennis knocked down 4-of-6 from long range for 12 points. Sophomore Michael Gbinije contributed a career-high 11 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists and redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney added 10 points and three steals.
The Orange held a commanding edge on the glass, 52-34, including a 26-7 advantage on the offensive end. That total helped contribute to 19 second-chance points for SU. Six players for Syracuse grabbed at least five rebounds with junior Rakeem Christmas and sophomore DaJuan Coleman tying Fair with a game-high seven boards.
Syracuse scored 18 points off 21 Raider turnovers and outscored Colgate 30-10 inside the paint.
Fair started the scoring with the game's first five points. Colgate responded with nine straight and 12 of the next 14 to grab the lead at 12-7. Fair continued his early dominance, tallying six points in a row for the Orange to pull SU within 15-13 with 11:25 to go in the first half. Syracuse regained the lead for good using a 13-0 run to go on top 30-18, which included back-to-back threes from Cooney and Fair. A pair of three-pointers by Ennis gave the Orange its largest lead of the half at 36-23, however a half-court shot by Ethan Jacobs at the buzzer made it 36-26 at the break.
The second half began much of the same way with Fair getting the first two buckets for the Orange. With SU up 40-29, two more trifectas from Ennis and a three-point play from Cooney extended the SU lead to 49-31. The Raiders answered back with consecutive threes from Austin Tilliston and Damon Sherman-Newsome to close the gap to 49-37 with 13:28 left in the game.
After another three from Tillotson that made it 51-40, but the Orange received baskets from five different players during a 10-1 run to push its advantage to 61-41 with 6:17 left to play. During that time, Syracuse held Colgate without a basket for just over six minutes and the Raiders never got closer than 15 for the remainder of the contest.
Jacobs tallied 13 points as the only Raider to reach double-digits in scoring. He also shared team high rebounding honors with five. Tillotson was 3-of-4 from long distance for nine points and dished out four assists.
Colgate's Pat Moore, a Notre Dame alum, scored just six points on two-of-six shooting.
Syracuse will open the EA Sports Maui Invitational mainland portion on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. SU is paired with St. Francis Brooklyn.