“We also had — they had unforced turnovers. They stepped on the out-of-bounds line, we were able to get in transition. I think that and again steals and rebounding the ball helped us get in transition and got us a lot of easy buckets.” -Brandon Triche following Syracuse’s 66-60 win over California Saturday night.
Syracuse used a strong offensive showing in the first half in combination with great defense throughout the night to defeat the California Golden Bears 66-60 Saturday night in San Jose, California.
The final score doesn’t indicate the level of control Syracuse had throughout this game. The Orange were cruising with a ten point or more lead for a vast majority of the game, before the Bears made a late run with some missed Syracuse free throws to make the final score as close as it was. The one and only Carl Jr Fair led the offense with 18 points, continuing his mark of consistency that he has maintained all season long.
Syracuse played a great first half, giving themselves an 8 point lead at the break. The Orange then went just 6 of 17 in the second half, but drew a lot of contact in the paint to get to the free throw line. Syracuse shot 36 free throws in the second half, and scored 22 of their 34 points from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes of play.
For Cal, Richard Solomon led the way with 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Solomon also grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss.
The win is Syracuse’s 3rd Sweet 16 appearance in the last four seasons. Syracuse will meet the winner of the Indiana-Temple game set to tip off at 2:45. If you follow Vegas odds, Indiana is an 11 1/2 point favorite in the game.