Syracuse 57, Alcorn St. 36

Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Officials - Douglas Grant, Thomas Regan, Bob Testa
Attendance - 19365

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Alcorn St. 16 20 36
Syracuse 32 25 57

Recap


No. 7 Syracuse 57, Alcorn State 36: Freshman Trevor Cooney scored all 12 of his points in the second half – including a 3-pointer that ended a long dry spell – as the Orange defeated the visiting Braves in the final game of the Gotham Classic.

C.J. Fair added 13 points and was the only other player to finish in double figures for Syracuse (11-1), which was held 26 points below its Big East-leading 83-point average in its worst offensive effort of the season.

Marquiz Baker scored a game-high 15 points for Alcorn State (2-13), which committed a season-high 25 turnovers and has dropped nine straight.

The Braves entered the game averaging 15.8 turnovers and hit that mark in the first half as the Orange turned to their full-court pressure defense early and often. However, Syracuse shot just 36.4 percent – including 1-of-9 from the 3-point line – en route to a 32-16 advantage at the break.

The struggles continued well after intermission for the Orange as they missed their first nine shots and committed eight turnovers in the opening 8:36 of the second half, allowing Alcorn State to crawl within 36-29 until Cooney nailed a 3-pointer. Fair followed with a dunk and Cooney added seven of the next 10 points to help Syracuse pull away late.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim recorded his 901st career victory, one behind second-place Bob Knight on the all-time list. … Alcorn State finished the first half with nearly as many turnovers (15) as it did points (16) and lost its 82nd consecutive non-conference road game. … The 36 points by the Braves marked the fewest allowed by the Orange since a 58-35 win over Colgate in 2005 and the fewest scored by Alcorn State since a 98-31 loss to Kansas in 2009.

Alcorn St. Braves

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
LeAntwan Luckett 38:00 5-7 0-1 1-5 2 2 4 2 2 2 6 1 11
Anthony Nieves 33:00 0-4 0-4 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 1 5 1 0
Josh Nicholas 10:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 1
Stephane Raquil 16:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 0 2
Marquiz Baker 38:00 5-16 3-12 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 2 3 0 15
Michael Starks 14:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 2 2 2
Tyrel Hunt 8:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 2
Jamaal Hester 24:00 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 2 3
Ian Francis 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0
Anthony Evans 16:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 14-32 3-17 5-11 3 19 22 10 24 7 25 6 36
  43.8% 17.6% 45.5% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 25

Syracuse Orange

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Brandon Triche 28:00 1-7 0-2 3-5 2 0 2 2 3 2 3 0 5
C.J. Fair 26:00 6-12 0-1 1-2 2 3 5 0 1 2 2 0 13
DaJuan Coleman 21:00 3-9 0-0 2-7 4 2 6 0 0 1 0 0 8
Michael Carter-Williams 27:00 1-3 0-0 3-3 0 1 1 6 1 2 5 1 5
Rakeem Christmas 20:00 2-5 0-0 0-2 4 3 7 0 3 1 0 0 4
James Southerland 24:00 1-6 1-4 0-2 3 2 5 1 1 0 2 1 3
Jerami Grant 16:00 1-4 0-2 3-7 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 0 5
Trevor Cooney 26:00 5-9 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 2 1 0 12
Baye Moussa Keita 12:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 2
TOTAL 200 21-56 3-15 12-28 18 18 36 10 11 13 15 2 57
  37.5% 20.0% 42.9% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 15