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Syracuse 87 - Providence 73: Set Friars To The Rain

Different game, different top scorer.

Brandon Triche scored 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, as No. 1 Syracuse bested Providence, 87-73, on Wednesday night.

Triche was one of six Syracuse players in double figures, and the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) used that depth to pull away in the second half.

Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters contributed 13 points apiece, C.J. Fair supplied 12, Fab Melo had 11 and Scoop Jardine added 10 in the win to go along with his 11 assists (boxscore).

Waiters, by the way, scored 13 points while making only one field goal. He hit three 3's and two free throws for the difference.

Melo had 2 blocks, which is down from his 10 block performance two games ago. I was pretty sure he was going to keep that up...

Rakeem Christmas added two points, five rebounds and committed five fouls, ensuring that every day he looks more and more like freshman Etan Thomas (which, eventually, is a good thing). James Southerland added five and MCDubz added five points in four minutes of play.

Baye Moussa Keita sat out the game due to his hip injury. As usual, Jimmy B plays it coy with the injuries.

Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman both scored 17 points for the Friars (11-5, 0-3), who trailed 36-34 at halftime. As usual, the Orange broke the game wide open with a solid run (12-1 with 15 minutes to go) and never looked back.

It was the first time the Orange really had to deal with foul trouble and they came out alright. Still, it's a wary signpost of what could be if the frontcourt get themselves into too much trouble early (that said, Providence went two-thirds of the game before being whistled for their second team foul...uh, WHAT?).

The Orange are now 16-0, which is the third-longest season-opening streak since James Arthur took over. The record, as you're going to hear mentioned often, is 19-0 and last year the team made it to 18-0. An extremely ticked off Marquette Golden Eagles squad will be visiting the Dome this Saturday. We owe them a bit of payback as you might remember, so it should be an emotional one all-around.

H/T: eliteirathlete29