SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The #8 Syracuse Orange (2-0) opened the 2013 home slate with an 88-57 victory against Wagner (0-2) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon.
"I think everybody has been attacking us very similarly the last couple of years," head coach Jim Boehim said. "I think overall, we're doing a good job on the defensive end, getting around screens and keeping people outside so they can shoot from the perimeter."
Three players hit double-digit scoring for the Orange, as senior Brandon Triche led the offense with 21 points, while fellow senior James Southerland had 15 points and a team-high three blocks.
Junior Baye Moussa Keita and sophomore Michael Carter-Williams had career-high days for the Orange as Keita posted a career-high 15 points and Carter-Williams tallied a career-high 11 assists, adding six points.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney added a team-high six steals for the Orange, recording eight points.
Syracuse limited Wagner to 5-of-17 (.294) three point shooting and 20-of-61 (.328) from the field.
SU held a 49-36 rebounding advantage over Wagner, helped out by sophomore Rakeem Christmas, freshman DaJuan Coleman and Triche, who all added seven rebounds.
The Orange opened the game on a 5-0 run, led by Christmas, who had four points during the scoring streak. SU held the Seahawks to just one point in the first three minutes of play.
Unable to continue the offensive momentum, the Seahawks inched toward the SU lead, as a three from Latif Rivers gave Wagner a two point lead at 13-11. Triche responded with an easy layup off of a turnover to tie the score at 13-13.
After another close encounter with the Seahawks up by one at 19-18, a 12-2 run helped the Orange pull away with the lead, securing a nine point advantage at 30-21.
From there, the Orange settled into an offensive rhythm, taking their largest lead of the half, up by 13 points,with a minute remaining in the opening frame. SU entered the intermission leading Wagner 36-23.
Syracuse came out of the locker room firing, as a 7-0 unanswered run increased the Orange lead to 20 points at 45-26. The Orange did not relinquish the double-digit lead for the remainder of the second half, as their lead ballooned by as much as 33 points at 87-54.
SU finished off the final frame on a 13-3 run to secure an 88-57 win against Wagner.