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Syracuse 93 - Drexel 65: Dragons Flame Out

Let's sum this up quickly.

"I don't think we can play better offensively than that," Boeheim said.

That was the scary Drexel team we've been hearing about? The one that beat Louisville in the YUM? The one that's apparently having their best season ever?

Either they're not quite as good as advertised or the Orange just about put together their best performance of the season in a 93-65 demolition job.

Kris Joseph poured in 25 points, Scoop Jardine added 21 and the fifth-ranked Syracuse Orange throttled upstart Drexel, 93-65, at the Carrier Dome.

Rick Jackson posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Brandon Triche added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Orange assisted on 17 of 35 made baskets and connected on 11-of-12 shots out of halftime to take control.

After a slow start, the Orange offense was as effective as it's been all year. How effective?

Syracuse made a season-high 63.6 percent of its field goal attempts, went 5-for-12 from 3-point range and scorched the Dragons with an incredible 23-for-32 (71.9 percent) second-half shooting performance.

Once again the Orange got to play a large part of the roster, fourteen folks in general. Helping those matters was the fact that C.J. Fair continued to sit out with an ankle sprain. Fab Melo also left the game early with an ankle injury unrelated to the calf injury already causing him problems. If this doesn't cause Boeheim to put the brakes on Fab for a while, I don't know what will.

Rick Jackson...ridiculous.

More reaction tomorrow but here's some links to tide you over. The Orange are now 13-0 and the non-conference schedule is complete. From here on out we're in Big East country and we start that trek next Tuesday.