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Andy Rout-ins: Syracuse Crushes Robert Morris 100-60

Well, the ankle is fine.

Andy Rautins, whom most of us assumed would take the night off, led the Orange with 22 points as SU cruised to a 100-60 victory over Robert Morris.

Rautins scored 22 points, hitting seven out of 10 shots from 3-point range. He was within range of breaking SU’s all-time record for 3-pointers made of nine. Rautins holds a share of that record after making 9-of-16 treys last season against Coppin State.

He did head into the locker room a little early to put some ice on those aching bones but even if he was playing at 80%, that's a pretty damn good 80%.

The Orange shot 56% overall to Robert Morris' 36%.  Wes Johnson added 15, Arinze scored 14 and Brandon Triche added 10.  Most of the starters were already off the floor by the middle of the 2nd half so the points were distributed fairly evenly overall.  11 Orange scored, including walk-on Nick Resavy (next time, Griffin Hoffman).  Triche led the Orange with 7 assists and DaShonte Riley led them with 8 rebounds.

The defense once again proved stout, forcing 28 Colonial turnovers.

Some random thoughts on the game include Wes Johnson's freaky athletic ability, Jim Boeheim's unwavering hatred for all things mistake-y, especially when done by Scoop Jardine and the Orange continue to be a run-and-gun offense full of alley-oops and quick scores.  Good times.

Things get real now as the Orange prepare for a showdown with #13 Cal next Thursday at Madison Square Garden.  As I write this, the Bears are in search of their own 2-0 start.  The winner of that game will face the winner of #6 North Carolina-#16 Ohio State, just as the losers will face off.  We'll learn a lot more about the Orange in these next two games than we did in the first two.