Another blowout win, another new hero. This time? Freshman Brandon Triche, who scored 27 points in Syracuse's 92-60 win over Oakland.
Freshman guard Brandon Triche was a perfect 6- for-6 from three-point range, finishing with a game-high 27 points, as fifth- ranked Syracuse cruised to a resounding 92-60 win over Oakland at the Carrier Dome.
Wes Johnson registered a double-double for the Orange (12-0), scoring 19 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Rick Jackson contributed 14 points and five boards, while Mookie Jones scored 13 in the lopsided triumph.
It was just what the Orange needed on a night when Arinze Onuaku played an extremely limited role due to his injury. That he was well enough to play at all was a good sign for Cuse.
The Orange had 24 assists on the night, quite a number for an SU team. In fact, they're the No. 1 team in the nation when it comes to passing for scores.
The Orange leads the nation in assists per game at 22.5. It is producing 4.5 more assists per game than any other Big East team. And it is doing so with regularity. SU’s lowest assist total this season came against Cornell when the Orange collected 16.
"I think they’re all unselfish. I don’t think anybody is looking to just try to score," SU coach Jim Boeheim said. "I think they’re all good passers. Andy’s a very good passer; Brandon’s a good passer, Scoop. Our guards are good passers. They look to pass first.
"I think Eric (Devendorf) and Jonny (Flynn) were more offensive minded. They wanted to score. They were looking to score more. Our guards can score more. But they look to pass the ball. Wesley is obviously a very good scorer, but he looks to pass. He’s a good passer. Ricky and Arinze are very good passers. So I think it’s the tools they have. They’re all good passers."
Check out some more highlights and recaps from the game below.
Syracuse-Oakland Recap...Brent Axe
MOVIN' EAST: With conference play looming, Orange maintains undefeated mark in romp over Oakland...Daily Orange
Triche to Fizz: I Told Ya So...Orange Fizz
How we won: Never a doubt...Cuse Country
Triche Leads Gang Assault on Oakland...Three Idiots on Sports
No. 22 Syracuse Cruises Past Delaware State, 72-20...SUAthletics.com
Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche talk to the press after the Orange win over Oakland University.
|Post-game locker room with Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche|
Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim talks about the Orange win over Oakland University.
|Coach Boeheim on the Orange win over Oakland, 92 – 60|