Syracuse looks better tonight. It took about 10 minutes for the Orange to shake off some rust and for them to regain some confidence. But over the final 10 minutes of the Half, Syracuse outscored Rutgers 24-8 and leads the Scarlet Knights 38-22 at the break.
Freshmen Jonny Flynn and Donte' Greene lead the Orange with a combined 23 at the break. Flynn is 6-for-9 for 13 points at the break, while Greene has four field goals and two free throws for his ten.
The effort was certainly more inspired than what we saw from the Orange last week, but Rutgers really isn't offering much in the form of the resistance. The Scarlet Knights are greatly outclassed in this and aren't playing very well to boot.
The one major difference right now for Syracuse is its efficiency offensively. Syracuse shot 59% in the first half. One big factor was the guards got into the lane, and Syracuse didn't settle for jump shots. The Orange attempted only three three-pointers.
After the two losses on the road, Syracuse needed a win. It appears they are going to get it. The now lead 52-27 after the first media timeout of the second half. This isn't a game that proves anything about this team. However, it is a game that might help them prepare for what is to come the rest of the season. Villanova is next on Saturday, we will find out more about this group then.