Flynn scores 21 as Syracuse beats Cornell 80-64
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)—Jonny Flynn had 21 points and five assists, Arinze Onuaku added 18 points, and Syracuse beat Cornell 80-64 on Saturday night.
It was Syracuse’s 30th straight victory over Cornell (4-4), which fell behind at the outset and could not recover against the more physical Orange (9-3).
The Big Red opened the season with four straight games hitting at least 10 3-pointers and entered the game averaging 44.2 percent from long range, the fifth-best mark in the nation. But against the Syracuse defense Cornell never got untracked until it was far too late. The Big Red missed their first three from beyond the arc and were just 5-for-15 when Onuaku hit a tip-in at the first-half buzzer to put the Orange up 49-30.
Donte Greene, the Orange’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, finished with 11 on 4-for-16 shooting and had 10 rebounds. Paul Harris had 10 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, and Kristof Ongenaet, a junior college transfer from Belgium, had nine points and 10 rebounds, both season highs.
Louis Dale led the Big Red with 15 points, Collin Robinson had 14, and Adam Gore had 12. Ryan Wittman, Cornell’s leading scorer at 15 points per game, finished with a season-low six points on 2-for-14 shooting and was 2-for-8 from long range.
A year ago, Cornell led with four minutes to play before the Orange finished with a 13-7 run and eked out a 67-62 victory. This one was over by halftime as the Big Red shot just 36.4 percent before the break.
A layin and dunk by Onuaku, a putback by Greene and Flynn’s reverse layup gave Syracuse a 10-2 lead less than five minutes into the game.
After a dunk by Jeff Foote and 3-pointers by Dale and Gore moved the Big Red within 14-10 at 14:23, the Orange used its superior size to go on 26-10 spurt and take command. Flynn scored eight points, one basket coming on a one-handed dunk off a lob by Greene, and Ongenaet finished the run with a layup off the glass at 5:57, giving Syracuse a commanding 40-20 lead.
Syracuse outrebounded Cornell 27-15 in the opening period, 11-6 on the offensive glass, and outscored the Big Red 34-10 in the paint. Syracuse finished with a 52-37 rebounding margin.
Even when the Orange failed to score for more than four minutes in the second half, the Big Red didn’t capitalize. After Alex Tyler hit a jumper at 16:59, Cornell missed 11 straight shots before Dale drained a 3 from left wing to snap a scoreless drought of more than 5 1/2 minutes.
A barrage of 3-pointers—two by Gore and one each by Wittman and Robinson— keyed a 12-2 run that moved Cornell within 70-57 at 4:32.
The Big Red, who were averaging 80 points a game, finished 10-for-26 from beyond the arc and shot 36.2 percent from the floor for the game.