“I was off a little against UConn, but I was unbalanced that game. Tonight, I didn’t want to be rushed. I felt very confident. If I’m being a leader, if I’m more vocal, then I get into the game more. I don’t worry about anything after I had a bad game. I just make sure I bounce back and do well.” -Brandon Triche following Syracuse’s win over Seton Hall
Brandon Triche scored a career high 29 points as the Syracuse Orange ended a three game road losing streak by defeating Seton Hall 76-65 Saturday night in the Prudential Center. C.J. Fair chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds as well for a Syracuse team that evened up the win column for first place in the Big East with Marquette and Georgetown.
The game started slow for the Orange, who started the night off scoring just 6 points on 7 offensive rebounds. After falling down earl 21-12 to the Pirates, Syracuse righted the ship, going on a 24-9 run to end the half. Seton Hall got within six in the second half, but Syracuse appeared to be in control throughout this one.
It was a relatively mistake-free night for Syracuse, who only turned the ball over four times the entire game. To put that in perspective, the Orange had ten turnovers Wednesday night in Connecticut. Syracuse looked much more secure with the ball, and made much better decisions to go along with a couple lucky bounces that prevented a couple turnovers. It seemed like taking care of the ball better was a point of emphasis in this game, and it definitely showed in this game.
For Seton Hall, Fuquan Edwin scored 21 for the struggling Pirates. Edwin went 4 of 7 from deep, and was a main reason why the Pirates jumped out to their early lead. Center Eugene Teague also had a good game for Seton Hall, scoring 14 points while snagging 9 rebounds.
The win was important for Syracuse, as it keeps them in first place in the conference. Should the Orange take care of business against a very hot Providence team at home on Wednesday, it could potentially set up the final Carrier Dome Syracuse-Georgetown game to be the only fitting way possible: for first place in the Big East. Tickets have already reached 34,000 sold for the showdown with the Hoyas, and has the potential to be one of the best atmospheres in the history of Syracuse Basketball. It will be difficult for the Orange to avoid overlooking Providence on Wednesday, but with a hall of fame coach I don’t think it will be an issue.