If I told you Syracuse won 60-12 you'd say to yourself "that's amazing" and you'd take it feeling good about that as a final score. Well Syracuse was indeed up 60-12 at one point. It was halftime.
It was that kind of game.
Brandon Triche notched a team-high 16 points and nine Orange players scored at least seven, as No. 8 Syracuse decimated Maine, 101-55, at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse (8-0) shot 65.1 percent from the field, including 12-of-23 from beyond the arc, while holding the Black Bears (3-4) to 26.5 percent shooting.
Arinze Onuaku and Kris Joseph each ended with 14 points, and Mookie Jones added 12 for the Orange, who face nationally-ranked Florida in Tampa next Thursday.
101 points were the most for Syracuse since the 2007 win over East Tennessee State (125). As for the 12 points Maine mustered in the first half, believe it not that's been topped, er, bottomed, before.
Maine scored just 12 points in the first half, missing another Carrier Dome record by one point. Princeton set the record for fewest points in the first half of a game at the Dome with 11 in what turned out to be a 60-43 Syracuse victory on Nov. 12, 1999.
Not too much you can learn from this one, other than that SU can put a lesser team away. If anything, the Orange showed they're for real when it comes to shooting the long ball.
When it was over, when SU disposed of Maine 101-55 inside the Carrier Dome, the Orange had converted 12 of the 23 3-pointers it attempted. That’s 52.2 percent. The performance boosted SU’s overall 3-point shooting percentage to 42 percent thus far this young season.
Andy Rautins only scored eight points and added two steals in limited action but the senior is extremely encourage by what he say tonight:
"It was so much fun," shooting guard Andy Rautins said. "I was talking to Wes (Johnson) on the bench and saying 'man, this is so much fun playing with this team.' The way we move the ball, the way we play defense. We wanted to go out there and beat them by 100. It was a good team effort tonight."
Take a look at the graphical evidence and then listen to Jimmy and the boys discuss the game (and listen for Boeheim to give Andy the "double tremendous"):
|Syracuse vs. Maine basketball: Coach Jim Boeheim|
|Syracuse vs. Maine basketball: Players Jones, Rautins and Joseph|