SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The #6/6 Orange (4-0) defeated Colgate (3-4), 87-51 on Sunday afternoon for a record-setting 25th straight win in the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse victory marks the 47th consecutive triumph against the Raiders and the 46th-straight regular-season, non-conference, victory for the Orange.
"I thought Colgate really improved their outside shooting this year," said head coach Jim Boehiem. " I think they started three out of five or possibly even four out of five, and then we did a better job defensively the rest of the half and got up on their shooters – they have three very capable shooters and we did a good job with them," Boeheim said.
Senior James Southerland led the offense with 18 points, while freshman DaJuan Coleman had a career-high 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior Brandon Triche and sophomore Rakeem Christmas also hit double-digit scoring for the Orange, tallying 15 and 10 points, respectively. Christmas posted a team-high nine rebounds, helping the Orange to a 43-32 rebounding advantage against the Raiders.
Sophomore Michael-Carter Williams had another standout day, leading the team with 13 assists, and totaling eight points, six rebounds and four steals.
Syracuse held Colgate to .339 percent from the field (19-of-56) and .321 percent (6-of-25) in three-point shooting. The SU defense forced 16 turnovers which resulted in a 21-0 edge in points off miscues.
The visitors opened with back-to-back threes to jump out to a 6-2 lead but Syracuse regrouped quickly with nine unanswered points. The game was tied at 11-11 before two free throws by C.J. Fair put the Orange ahead for good.
Syracuse used another 9-0 stretch to take a 20-11 lead with 12:41 left in the opening period. Triche led the Orange with five points during the stretch. Carter-Williams had assists on eight consecutive baskets for Syracuse while the hosts built on its advantage.
With Southerland's fourth three-pointer of the half, SU took its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-20. The Orange extended the margin to 38-22 before Colgate tallied a basket to close the opening frame at 38-24.
The Orange outscored Colgate by 22 points in the second half, primarily due to a 20-2 advantage from the foul line. Syracuse converted 20-of-25 attempts from the charity stripe in the second 20 minutes.
The 25-game winning streak at the Dome exceeded the 24-game mark set during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. Syracuse's 47th consecutive win against Colgate represents the longest current winning streak versus one school in the Division I ranks.
Syracuse's 46-straight regular-season, non-conference victories dates back to a loss to Cleveland State on Dec. 15, 2008.
The Orange return to action on Friday, November 30, when Syracuse plays at Arkansas in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge.