Southerland, Carter-Williams shine as Syracuse beats Colgate

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Syracuse, NY, United States (4E Sports) – James Southerland, scored 18 points off the bench and Michael Carter-Williams issued a career-high 13 assists as Syracuse improved to 4-0 with an 87-51 triumph over Colgate Sunday at Carrier Dome.

Southerland, who scored a career-best 22 points in Syracuse’s win over Princeton Wednesday, shot 7-for-12 with four rebounds while Brandon Triche added 15 to lead the Orange to their 47th straight win over the Raiders (3-4).

Syracuse has now won 25 straight games at the Carrier Dome, breaking the previous mark for longest win streak in the 32-year-old facility. The Orange won 24 straight home games between the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.

Freshman center Dajuan Coleman scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards while sophomore Rakeem Christman added 10 points and nine caroms for the Orange, who will next face Arkansas in the Big East/SEC Challenge Friday.

Carter-Williams’ 13 assists was one short of the third-highest total in Syracuse history. He had 33 assists in Syracuse’s last three games.

Sherman Douglas holds the school record with 22 against Providence in the 1988-89 season and Pearl Washington had 18 against St. John’s in the 1983-84 season.

Five players — Douglas (twice), Washington, Jason Hart, Eddie Moss and Michael Lloyd — had games with 14 assists.

No Colgate player reached double-figures with Murphy Burnatowski, John Brandenburg and Pat Moore scoring eight points apiece and Luke Roh grabbing nine boards.

With Carter-Williams leading the way with nine assists in the first half, the Orange grabbed a 38-24 halftime edge.

The 6-6 Carter-Williams assisted on eight of Syracuse’s first nine baskets to give the Orange a 25-16 advantage with 10 minutes left in the first half.

In the second half, the Orange continued their attack, grabbing a 40-point lead, 86-46, after a layup by Nolan Hart.

The Orange shot a respectable 45.9 percent, had more rebounds (41-31), assists (18-15) and steals (12-4).

Syracuse also capitalized on the Raiders’ 16 turnovers, turning them to 21 points and dominated the shaded lane with 42 points in the paint.

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