Boxscore
Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 49
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:00 PM
Location - Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Officials - Roger Ayers, Joe Lindsay, Michael Stephens
Attendance - 25081

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Seton Hall 15 34 49
Syracuse 34 41 75

Recap


Fab Melo set a school record with 10 blocks to lead No. 1 Syracuse to a 75-49 victory over visiting Seton Hall on Wednesday in the Big East opener for both schools.

Melo’s swat fest was only one part of a dominant defensive effort from Syracuse (14-0), which held Seton Hall (11-2) to five first-half field goals to gain a 19-point advantage at the break.

The Orange depth overwhelmed yet another opponent as the nation’s leader in steals came up with 10 in the first half and forced 23 turnovers overall.

Melo also added a career-high 12 points and seven rebounds against one of the Big East’s best big men in Herb Pope. The 7-footer held the Seton Hall senior to a season-low four points on 2-of-9 shooting. The crushing loss was a reality check for the Pirates, who were off to their best start since 1992-93.

Pope wasn’t the only star to struggle as Syracuse’s Kris Joseph went 0-for-6 and was held scoreless for the first time in three years. The Orange, though, have more than enough scorers to overcome an off night from their senior leader.

Even though Syracuse failed to shoot at least 50 percent for the first time in five games, Dion Waiters’ game-high 15 points still allowed the Orange to record their fifth straight double-digit victory and avenge last season’s 90-68 home defeat to the Pirates.

Seton Hall Pirates

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Patrik Auda 28:00 3-6 0-0 0-2 3 5 8 1 3 0 3 0 6
Aaron Cosby 24:00 2-7 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 0 6
Fuquan Edwin 28:00 0-11 0-3 3-6 3 4 7 0 1 1 2 0 3
Herb Pope 28:00 2-9 0-1 0-0 4 5 9 1 1 0 6 0 4
Jordan Theodore 33:00 6-13 2-4 0-1 2 2 4 2 0 0 3 0 14
Aaron Geramipoor 13:00 1-3 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 0 3
Haralds Karlis 22:00 1-3 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 0 3
Brandon Mobley 11:00 3-6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 7
Freddie Wilson 9:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Sean Grennan 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 19-60 7-21 4-11 17 22 39 12 15 1 23 0 49
  31.7% 33.3% 36.4% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 23

Syracuse Orange

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rakeem Christmas 11:00 2-4 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 2 7
Scoop Jardine 20:00 2-6 1-2 0-0 3 3 6 4 2 2 3 0 5
Kris Joseph 26:00 0-6 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 4 0 1 0
Fab Melo 25:00 6-9 0-0 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 0 10 12
Brandon Triche 24:00 3-10 1-4 4-4 2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 11
Dion Waiters 19:00 7-10 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 3 1 3 1 0 15
C.J. Fair 28:00 4-9 0-0 1-2 4 4 8 1 2 3 1 1 9
Baye Moussa Keita 9:00 2-3 0-0 2-4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 6
James Southerland 17:00 4-8 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 8
Michael Carter-Williams 11:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 2
Matt Tomaszewski 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mookie Jones 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Nick Resavy 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Reese 1:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Lyde-Cajuste 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Griffin Hoffman 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 31-67 2-13 11-16 16 21 37 20 12 17 6 15 75
  46.3% 15.4% 68.8% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 6
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