Tonight's game just proved to me that I believe in the Syracuse Orangemen.
There could have been some tense moments early, based on the way the Orange was playing and the past history of mid-majors in the Carrier Dome about this time of year.
But I was never concerned. Not even in the slightest. Seriously. Ok maybe I thought about when I would need to get concerned. But that was as close as it got.
And the truth is, I expected to gain some seperation at the start of the second half, and when that happened I felt really good.
In the end, it turned into an easy 85-72 Dome win.
Syracuse was once again balanced. Four players in double digits and it was J Crew that led the way. That's Jackson, Joseph and Johnson. Jackson led the way with 18, while Johnson and Joseph each added 17. Andy Rautins was also in double figures with 11. Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine, the two-headed point guard combo combined for 16 points.
Other than the Big 3 (Cal, UNC and Florida) St. Bonaventure is probably the best team that Syracuse has played. And the A-10 team kept it close for a half. The Bonnies trailed just 39-35 at the intermission, and actually led 35-34 with just about 2:30 left in the opening stanza. However, St. Bonaventure never got closer than four in the second half as the Orange stepped up their game a little bit.
Syracuse faces Oakland on Tuesday before starting the Big East portion of its schedule after Christmas.