No. 8 Syracuse beats Wagner 88-57
Brandon Triche had 21 points and seven rebounds, James Southerland added 15 points and three blocks, and No. 8 Syracuse beat Wagner 88-57 Sunday.
Syracuse has won 23 straight home games and 34 in a row in the Carrier Dome against nonconference foes. The Orange (2-0) opened their season on the road a week ago with a 62-49 win over then-No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of the former aircraft carrier USS Midway.
Baye Moussa Keita had a career-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, all in the second half. Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 11 assists, and Trevor Cooney had eight points and five steals for Syracuse.
Jonathon Williams led Wagner with 14 points and nine rebounds and Kenneth Ortiz had 11 points.
Last year, the Seahawks (0-2) beat 15th-ranked Pitt 59-54 on the Panthers' tough home court at the Peterson Events Center. It was one of 12 road victories for Wagner, which led the NCAA.
No such luck on Sunday.
Wagner, which opened the season with a 73-69 overtime loss at Delaware State on Wednesday, missed its first five shots and trailed 9-3 after Triche's tip just over 5 minutes in. And after a layup by Jonathon Williams tied it at 18-all midway through the half, the Seahawks couldn't find many openings in the Orange's 2-3 zone.
Syracuse outscored Wagner 18-5 to close the half, holding the Seahawks to one basket over the final 8:26 to gain a 36-23 lead.
The Orange used their superior size to create all sorts of problems. Wagner was 8 of 32 shooting (25 percent), missing several layups. It committed 13 turnovers, and was called for 13 fouls to just five for Syracuse in the half.
Syracuse wasn't much better from the floor, shooting 13 of 36 (36.1 percent) and hitting just 1 of 10 from beyond the arc, but began to pull away by getting in close and getting to the free-throw line when the shots didn't fall.
After Marcus Burton made one of three free throws to give Wagner its only lead at 19-18, Syracuse began to take control.
A layup by Jerami Grant, a tip by Cooney, and two baskets by Triche, one a fast-break dunk off a pass from Carter-Williams, gave the Orange a 26-21 lead with 6:32 left.
Dajuan Coleman followed with a turnaround jumper in the lane, and Southerland drove the lane and converted a floater to keep the rally going.
C.J. Fair began the second half with a 3 from the left corner, Triche converted a layup and a pair of free throws, and Carter-Williams' three-point play off a steal and dunk boosted the lead to 40-20 in the first 3 minutes.
A flurry of nine points by Keita in a four-minute span upped the lead to 75-52 and consecutive slams by Triche and Grant made it 84-54 with just over 3 minutes left.