SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The game may not have counted, but Syracuse fans got their first look at the 2013-14 edition of their basketball Orange. As expected, Syracuse dominated on both ends of the floor in a 79-41 win over the Holy Family Tigers.
The Orange took the exhibition opportunity to give their young players some game experience. Syracuse played 11 players overall, with no one seeing more than 24-minutes of action.
Tyler Ennis spent much more time on the bench than he will once the regular season gets underway. He finished with 12 points on 4-7 shooting to go with three assists in just 18 minutes.
Ennis was solid during his limited time on the floor, running the offense well both in transition and the half court.
Trevor Cooney played sparingly as well despite drilling two early threes and hitting three of four overall. He finished with nine points in 17 minutes.
Syracuse's zone was in midseason form forcing 17 Tigers' turnovers. They rotated well and used their superior length to cause problems all game long, holding Holy Family to just 25.8% shooting on the night including only 3-25 from beyond the arc. The Tigers were overmatched athletically at every position.
Offensively, the Orange struggled at times without Ennis in the game. Mike Gbinije ran the point for most of that time, but committed five turnovers. The sloppy Syracuse offense committed 18 turnovers as they struggled against pressure with so many young players on the floor.
"I'm a little rusty," Gbinije said. "It was a good team. We'll get better as a team and individually, I'll get better as the season goes along."
Despite those struggles, Syracuse did shoot well from beyond the arc, making nine of their 21 attempts as a team. Overall, the Orange made 46% of their shots from the floor.
Senior C.J. Fair was off his game early, but still found his way to a team-high 13 points. Fair added five assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal despite starting 1-5 from the floor.
"It was a good learning experience tonight to give everybody an opportunity," head coach Jim Boeheim said. "We were a little better on the boards in the second half. I thought we did some good things and some things, the first time out, we're going to have to do better."
Baye Moussa Keita and DaJuan Coleman controlled the glass with 10 and nine rebounds, respectively. Coleman struggled in the low post offensively, turning it over three times.
Syracuse wraps up their exhibition slate against Ryerson on Tuesday, November 5th at 7pm.