After tipping-off its season on the deck of an aircraft carrier, the No. 8-ranked Syracuse Orange returns to a more ideal setting Sunday when the Wagner Seahawks visit the Carrier Dome for a non-conference men's basketball game.
Syracuse (1-0) is coming off an impressive 62-49 victory over the San Diego St. Aztecs last Sunday. Junior forward C.J. Fair paced the Orange with a team-high 17 points and collected 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams tallied a collegiate-best 17 points.
Wagner (0-1) dropped its season opener last Wednesday to Delaware St. Hornets, who won 73-69 in overtime. The contest was the first game under new head coach Bashir Mason.
Last season, the Seahawks were able to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers, 59-54, at the Peterson Events Center.
Syracuse projected starting five:
- Brandon Triche (Sr., 6'4, 205 pounds): 15 points vs. San Diego St.
- Michael Carter-Williams (So., 6'6, 185): A Naismith Award Watch List nominee
- C.J. Fair (Jr., 6'8, 215): Began season with double-double vs. San Diego St.
- Rakeem Christmas (So., 6'9, 242): Tallied five blocks vs. San Diego St.
- DaJuan Coleman (Fr., 6'9, 288): Started first collegiate game vs. San Diego St.
Bench: senior forward James Southerland (6'8, 215) tallied six points, six rebounds against San Diego St.; junior center Baye Keita (6'10, 215) collected eight rebounds in season opener; freshman guard Trevor Cooney (6'4, 195) is SU's main 3-point threat coming off the bench; freshman forward Jerami Grant (6'8, 203) played sparingly vs. San Diego St.
Wagner's projected starting five:
Kenneth Ortiz (Jr., 6'0, 200): 12 points, eight rebounds in opener.
Dwaun Anderson (Fr., 6'4, 200): played 28 minutes vs. Delaware St.
Latif Rivers (Jr., 6'1, 175): 12 points vs. Delaware St.
Jonathon Williams (Sr. 6'6, 225): Team-high 19 points vs. Delaware St.
Naofall Folahan (6'11, 215): 11 points, eight rebounds vs. Delaware St.
Bench: sophomore guard Marcus Burton (6'0, 170) played 22 minutes and was 1-for-8 from the floor (five points) in the season opener; senior forward Josh Thompson (6'5, 200) played 14 minutes and tallied one point against Delaware St.