Greene’s 26 points leads Syracuse again in 87-59 win over Colgate
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)—Freshman forward Donte Greene scored a season-high 26 points, Arinze Onuaku had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Syracuse beat Colgate 87-59 on Tuesday night.
It was the Orange’s 42nd straight win over the Raiders (6-4), who hadn’t played in nearly two weeks. It also was the first game for Syracuse (8-3) without injured junior guard Eric Devendorf.
Devendorf, who was averaging 17 points and 3.9 assists per game, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday night’s 125-75 victory over East Tennessee State and is out for the season.
Devendorf was in street clothes on the bench, smiled often, and even dribbled a ball between his legs during pregame warmups. Freshman Scoop Jardine started in his place and finished with four points and five assists, Paul Harris had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Jonny Flynn had 12 points and five assists to go with a season-high six turnovers. Freshman center Sean Williams saw his first action of the season in the waning moments and contributed two dunks, two blocks, and one rebound.
Freshman Mike Venezia led Colgate with 11 points in the first game of his career. Kyle Roemer and Kendall Chones each had 10 points, Tim Pounds had nine and Alex Woodhouse eight.
If the Orange missed Devendorf’s fiery presence, it wasn’t noticeable. Syracuse took advantage of seven Colgate turnovers in the first nine minutes and quickly built a double-digit lead as the defense clamped down on the Raiders’ outside threats.
Colgate entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.8 percent but never found its range outside against the Orange. The Raiders went 2-for-8 on 3s in the decisive first half and finished the game 5-for-17 (29 percent).
Syracuse shot 54 percent from the floor but only 35 percent on 3s (6-for-17) after exploding for 15 3-pointers against ETSU.
Greene, who had 16 points in the opening period, hit a 3-pointer from the left corner, Jardine followed with a steal and fast-break layup, and Harris converted another layup to give Syracuse a 16-5 lead at 14:55.
A fast-break dunk by Flynn, Greene’s 3 from left wing and a follow by Jardine off a miss by Flynn made it 25-11 with 9:14 left.
A slam dunk by Woodhouse and a layin by Kendall Chones completed a 10-4 Colgate spurt that moved the Raiders within 27-17 with 6:04 to go.
Flynn’s lob to Greene and Onuaku’s fast-break dunk off a pass from Jardine in the final two minutes helped Syracuse to a 40-25 halftime lead. Onuaku, who notched his third double-double of the season, finished the half with 11 points and seven rebounds, five on the offensive glass.
The second half was more of the same. A 3-pointer by Flynn and a short jumper by Harris boosted the lead to 51-33 with 15:54 left. Greene’s steal and one-handed slam dunk and a 3-pointer by Kristof Ongenaet made it 66-41 with 9:14 to go.
Greene, who was 4-for-8 from long range to boost his season total for 3s to 30, hit a pair in a 38-second span to make it 76-47 with 6:39 to play.
The victory was the 758th for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, in his 32nd year at his alma mater. Boeheim is one win behind Ed Diddle for fifth place all-time in victories at one school.