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Tyler Roberson, Frank Howard lead for Syracuse in easy Colgate win

The Orange got their first of many wins against the Colgate Raiders.

NCAA Basketball: Colgate at Syracuse
Howard led the way for the Orange from the tip.
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One of many… we hope.

The Syracuse Orange got their season started with a convincing 83-55 win over the Colgate Raiders. Led by Tyler Roberson’s 18 points, the Orange showed offensive poise and defensive prowess consistently throughout the game.

Roberson’s performance was a shock to many, as his offensive ability isn’t as developed as his defensive capabilities, but coach Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse faithful will take that kind of showing any day of the week. If Roberson can play like this consistently, and Tyler Lydon somehow finds his stroke again, then this team will be a top ten team…soon.

“Offensively, Tyler Roberson was really good and active,” Boeheim said in regards to his forwards stellar performance. Compared to last year’s comments about Roberson, the forward is sure to be wanting more of these performances in the future.

Tyler Lydon, the other Tyler on this talented roster, struggled in hitting just one of his six shots and grabbing six rebounds. Lydon is too talented to be putting up such lackluster performances, and needs to snap out of his funk… fast.

“I just got to keep playing through it, the team played great, obviously they picked me up and I just got to play better offensively,” Lydon said discussing his poor shooting performance. Lydon has proven he is a capable shooter, as he shot nearly 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from three last year.

Boeheim doesn’t sound worried about his star forward as he knows performances like last year’s will return soon. “He’s not making his shot,” Boeheim said about Lydon’s performance. “He’s a good shooter, his shooting will be fine.”

Without a quality Lydon performance, the Orange were still able to find a way to blow out their opponent thanks to their two point guards. The dynamic duo of Frank Howard and John Gillon has shown flashes of excellence during the preseason, but tonight’s opener really showed their capabilities.

“The way he’s shooting the ball,” Gillon said on what impressed him from Howard’s game. “He got so much criticism, I didn’t see it, from his jump shot and he came here and shot three for three.”

The two guards combined for 24 points and 15 assists while shooting a combined 9-for-12 from the field. This duo is elite, and if you ask Howard, having Gillon by his side only makes it easier.

“I think we both have very high IQ’s,” Howard said about his teammate. “We kind of feed off each other.”

Having teammates like Howard and Gillon will only make life easier for the rest of the Orange. Once everyone buys in, which it looks like they have, and Lydon finds his star ability again, this team will not only challenge the top 20, but the top 10 too.