Syracuse, N.Y. -- Despite its 69-50 victory over Colgate Saturday evening, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and players were left fielding questions about its showing at the free-throw line.
"You can't miss 16 free-throws," Boeheim said point blank. "We have to capitalize on that."
Syracuse -- to put it simply -- was not good. Collectively, the team went 12-for-28 (42 percent) from behind the charity stripe. Michael Gbinije went five-for-12, but according to Boeheim, shot "well." The freshman finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Aside from that hiccup, Syracuse's offense started humming early behind the scoring of C.J. Fair. The senior finished with 20 points, 14 of which came in the first half on six-of-11 shooting.
Tyler Ennis chipped in 12 points on a superb three-point shooting performance. He was four-of-six from behind the arc.
Four players in all -- Fair, Ennis, Gbinije and Trevor Cooney -- reached double digits in scoring.
Boeheim gave the go-ahead on the full-court press halfway through the first half, too, and it worked. Jerami Grant's length guarding the inbounder gave Colgate fits. Traps from all over were the norm and worked in the Orange's favor, forcing 21 Raider turnovers.
Once Syracuse hunkered down and figured out Colgate's version of the 2-3 zone, the rest flowed. Bigs like DaJuan Coleman and Rakeem Christmas notched seven rebounds each, respectively, and dominated inside the paint against a smaller Raider team. Colgate had no answer for Fair in the lane, either.
The Orange controlled the glass, 52-34, including a 26-7 advantage on the offensive end.
"We are going to play several teams this year that are going to take the shot-clock down and be patient," Boeheim said. "I thought Colgate did a tremendous job being patient, taking the shot-clock down and making us play defense for 35 seconds.
"We won't play against a zone, I think, that much," Boeheim said. "But when we do, people are going to play Trevor (Cooney) and we are going to have other guys get open shots."
The 48th consecutive win over Colgate is the longest active streak over one school in Division I.
Syracuse will return to the Carrier Dome on Monday, November 18, and face St. Francis at 7:30 p.m. The matchup is a part of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Syracuse head coach discusses the 69-50 win over Colgate in his post game press conference with the…