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Syracuse men’s basketball: three takeaways from Orange win over Chaminade

Hopefully something the Orange can build on

NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational Seventh Place Syracuse Orange vs Chaminade Silverswords Steven Erler-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange leave Oahu with a 1-2 record in the Maui Invitational after a 105-56 win over host Chaminade. There’s not a lot you learn about a win over a D2 squad, but with LSU and Virginia up this week, it was a good win for the Syracuse psyche.

Here are takeaways from last night’s game.

Rebound and Run

Syracuse used their size advantage to dominate the boards and then pushed the pace to get better shot attempts. The Orange enjoyed a 55-30 rebound advantage for the game and they turned defense into offense as they finished with 27 points off Chaminade turnovers. Justin Taylor grabbed 10 boards and Naheem McLeod and Quadir Copeland each had 9.

Seeing the ball go through the net

Several Orange players struggled to hit shots in the first two games, but the easier match-up allowed them to see shots fall before departing paradise. Taylor had been 0 for Oahu but got on a nice second-half run scoring 14 points, that will hopefully get him back on track.

Chris Bell (7-13), Qadir Copeland (5-6) and Kyle Cuffe (5-7) also get it going from the field against the Silverswords. The Orange will need this secondary scoring as they look to start building up wins to close out 2023.

Benny’s Back

We had no idea if Benny Williams would play last night, so it was good to see the junior back on the floor for the Orange. He finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes, but just having him on the floor and available is a key for Syracuse. The Orange need him to be able to contribute especially on the defensive end, so hopefully he can be ready to go for the rest of 23-24.

The Orange get a few days to reacclimate to Honolulu East before they host the LSU Tigers on Tuesday night.