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Syracuse 78 - Cornell 58: Now That's More Like It

First of all, if you haven't met Mr. C.J. Fair yet, let me introduce you:

Second of all, if you haven't met Mr. Rick Jackson yet, let me introduce you: 17 points and 13 rebounds. That's Rick's sixth double-double of the year. We've played seven games.

The Orange dominated the first half of play and held Cornell to 30 percent field goal shooting for the game in their 78-58 victory Tuesday night.

Kris Joseph contributed 16 points, while freshman guard Dion Waiters added 11 points off the bench for 8th-ranked Syracuse, which improved to 7-0 for the season.

Syracuse dominated the first half, running out to a quick 15-3 edge that eventually stretched into a 38-17 halftime lead.

The Orange out-rebounded Cornell 27 to nine in the first half. Syracuse also limited Cornell to just 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting. The Big Red took 12 shots from 3-point range and made just one.

And hey, everyone, Fab Melo even decided to join us tonight! The freshman set personal bests so-far, finishing the game with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks. FIRST-PICK-IN-THE-DRAFT!!!

C.J. Fair scored only two points on the night but oh what a two points (see above).

Scoop Jardine got a big goose egg once again in the scoring column. He did add seven assists, however, which is his season average. Scoop is averaging more assists per game than any Orange since Laz Sims in '96.

Congrats to Brandon Reese, who joined Club Trillion tonight in one minute of play.

Of course, it wasn't sunshine and roses for everyone. The team committed 20 turnovers, many of which were just foolish plays. And it wouldn't feel right if Jim Boeheim wasn't acting like the entire SU basketball team murdered puppies all evening.

"In the second half, we thought the game was over,’’ he continued. "We made a lot of turnovers. Our four best ball-handlers made 16 turnovers. That’s not going to get it done. It was a very disappointing second half after a pretty solid first half.’’

"Georgia Tech’s losing by 30 tonight to Northwestern, a team that’s picked eighth in the Big Ten,’’ Boeheim said. Georgia Tech wound up losing 91-71 to Northwestern. "We can’t play like this and be successful. You can’t look at this game and you can’t look at who we’re beating; that’s just nonsense. That’s just foolishness."

This is why we can't have nice things when Jimmy's around...