Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim summed up Trevor Cooney's performance matter-of-factly when he took to the podium Friday night and discussed the Orange's 82-60 victory over Cornell.
"He bailed us out," Boeheim said. "Obviously, when he gets going he is going to make those shots."
The redshirt sophomore was en-fuego from behind the arc, going seven-for-eight for 27 points.
"I got the first couple to go in and the game kind of flowed from there," Cooney said. "My teammates just found me in great spots."
Not to be overshadowed by his three-point performance, Cooney chipped in a team-high four steals on the evening, too.
"I just went out and played tonight," Cooney said. "I know what I have to do offensively and defensively. I just play hard and wanted to win tonight."
Despite being the team's second leading scorer with 19 points, C.J. Fair seemed a tad bit off, often forcing and rushing things when he didn't have to. Boeheim stated that the senior was doing too much at times and that it will come if he is patient.
In the first half, Syracuse found itself down early behind Cornell's hot shooting. Nolan Cressler's barrage of three-pointers gave the Big Red a comfy cushion. The Orange, however, would go into halftime on a 10-2 run.
"I give Cornell a lot of credit," Boeheim said. "they played really, really well."
Per the norm, Boeheim and co. made the necessary adjustments heading into the locker room and his team responded, holding Cornell to just 36 percent shooting on nine-of-25 shooting. The defense clamped down as well, out-rebounding the Big Red 38 to 26.
The bigs -- DaJuan Coleman, Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita -- were more involved in the second half, combining for 15 rebounds on the offensive and defensive glass.
Tyler Ennis had a rough game going zero-for-six from the floor for one total point, but made up for it by grabbing eight boards.
Michael Gbinije gave the Orange a boost off the bench, notching six points and dished out five assists in the process.
One player inconspicuously missing on the court was Jerami Grant. The sophomore did not suit up and was seen in street clothes when the Orange ran onto the court for pre-game warmups. Boeheim was brief when it came to addressing the matter, stating that he would play the next game.
"In the second half, I think we made couple adjustments defensively," Boeheim said. "We took away the high post pass, got to the shooters better and thought our movement was a little better. We just had to get more physical defensively. That was really the difference in the game"
The Orange will return to the Carrier Dome Tuesday, November 12, to take on Fordham. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Syracuse players discussed the surprisingly close win after the game…