No. 4 Syracuse rolls to win
Five players score in double figures as the Orange routs Eastern Michigan.
His team is unbeaten and ranked fourth in the nation and has won 48 straight nonconference games and 26 straight at home in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome.
Just don’t tell Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim his Orange is ready for the challenges of the rugged Big East.
“We’re trying to get ready for conference play,” Boeheim said Monday night after Syracuse beat Eastern Michigan 84-48 in a sloppy game. “We’ll have some tough games, more than enough to get you ready.
“To just assume we’re going to win games is the most arrogant thing I have ever seen in my life,” Boe- heim said. “I don’t like arrogance and I don’t like arrogant people. To just think it’s going to happen, it doesn’t work that way.”
On this night it did for the Orange (6-0) despite 18 turnovers as Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists to lead five players in double figures.
Carter-Williams, who led the nation in assists at 9.2 per game last season, had an erratic first half and finished with six of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers against EMU’s 2-3 zone.
“We didn’t come out ready,” Carter-Williams said. “I made some bad passes, some bad decisions, but that’s going to happen.”
Freshman Jerami Grant had a seasonhigh 11 points and two blocks, freshman Dajuan Coleman had a seasonhigh 14 points, and Brandon Triche finished with 12 for Syra- cuse. James Southerland, who had a career-high 35 points and matched a school record with nine 3pointers in Friday night’s win at Arkansas, finished with four points, missing all five shots he attempted from behind the arc, while C.J. Fair finished with nine points on 3-of10 shooting.
Nebraska 63, Southern California 51: Ray Gallegos made a career-hight six 3pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the host Cornhuskers (61) over the Trojans (3-4). Dylan Talley, who made three 3s, finished with 14 points. J.T. Terrell scored 14 points to lead USC.
Texas-Arlington 60, Texas-Pan American 51: Brandon Edwards scored 17 points as the Mavericks (4-2) topped the host Broncs. Brandon Provost led all scorers with 18 points for Texas-Pan American.
McNeese State 73, Texas-Tyler 47: Dontae Cannon and Jeremie Mitchell each scored 16 points to lead the host Cowboys (3-3) over the Division III Patriots (4-1).
Former Texas Longhorns star LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds in Portland’s comeback victory over Charlotte.