Syracuse rolls past Long Beach State


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The #4/4 Orange (7-0) extended its home-court winning streak to 27 with an 84-53 win against Long Beach State (3-5) on Thursday evening in the Carrier Dome. The consecutive Orange victories is the longest Division I active span in the nation.

Syracuse also upped its regular-season, non-conference winning streak to 47.

Junior C.J. Fair led the offense, notching 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the year.

"I just think what was different today was that I got a couple easy points early. I was being aggressive and I think that being on the offensive glass helped me a lot," Fair said.

Sophomore Michael-Carter Williams tallied his third straight double-double, totaling 15 points and dishing out 10 assists. Sophomore Rakeem Christmas had a personal-best 11 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney had 11 points off the bench, equaling his career-best effort.

The Orange allowed the 49ers just four points in the first five minutes of the game, as SU picked up a 12 point advantage at 16-4. Fair led the offense during the streak with six points, while senior Brandon Triche and Carter-Williams tipped in five points each.

Syracuse drew a 17-point lead after Christmas drained a pair of back-to-back dunks. Fair quickly followed with a third consecutive slam. The Orange, managed to stretch it to 20 points before heading into the intermission ahead of Long Beach State 49-29.

Fair led the charge again in the second half as SU used an 11-0 run to construct a 28-point advantage at 61-33. Syracuse took its largest lead of the game, up by 34 points at 81-47, before closing out the game with an 84-53 win against the 49ers.

The Orange is back in action on December 8th against Monmouth at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

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