Triche's 15 Second-Half Points Lead SU To Victory

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Syracuse-Seton Hall Postgame Thoughts

That was obviously the worst game the No. 4 Syracuse Orange played all season.

If it wasn’t for Brandon Triche, who basically did nothing in the first half but sit on the bench, the Orange would have suffered their first defeat of the 2010-’11 season.

I have no idea what head coach Jim Boeheim is saying in the post-game presser but I am guessing it’s nothing good.

There’s no way you can give credit to Seton Hall -- okay, maybe some credit but not a lot -- which attempted 67 shots and made only 31 percent of them.

Not to mention that somehow the Pirates trailed 20-19 at halftime but chucked up 17 3-pointers and made NONE of them!

Sorry Seton Hall fans that was a gutty effort at the end but SU played to a new low — actually, a level I thought they'd play earlier in the season.

Despite the struggle, a win is a win and Syracuse (16-0, 3-0 Big East) continues to squeak out close games -- which is a good sign as March gets closer.

The Wednesday contest against the St. John’s Redstorm (10-3, 3-0) is going to be a solid one.

St. John’s is very strong, fast and athletic. And if the Pirates defense gave SU fits, I can only imagine what the Johnnies, who are much better than SHU, will do.

Looking forward to Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.


Triche's 15 Second-Half Points Help SU Edge Seton Hall, 61-56.

The No. 4 Syracuse Orange dodged a bullet Saturday and have sophomore guard Brandon Triche to thank for that.

The Orange played easily their worst game of the 2010-'11 season but used 15 second-half points from Triche to edge the Seton Hall Pirates, 61-56, on the road.

Currently, Syracuse (16-0, 3-0 Big East) remains one of seven teams in the nation that remain undefeated.

Triche's 15 points all came in the first eight minutes of the second half and helped SU, which led 20-19 at halftime, take a 50-40 advantage by the eight-minute media timeout.

It seemed as if SU was going to win the game running away. However, the Pirates (7-9, 1-3) used a 13-1 run to pull within two points, 55-53, with 2:20 to go in the game. But that's as close as SHU would get.

The Pirates undoing was their dreadful shooting, which finished 21 of 67 (31.3 percent) from the floor and 3-for-26 from 3-point range (11.5). SHU went 0-for-17 from 3-point land in the first half.

Seton Hall forward Herb Pope, who played with four fouls throughout a majority of the second half, was a big part of the SHU rally. Pope finished with 14 points and a game-best 20 rebounds.

Teammate Jeff Robinson netted a team-best 17 points.

Syracuse, which shot 7-for-23 from the floor in the first half, looked awful in the game's first 20 minutes.

But behind Triche, SU jumped out to a 41-33 advantage in the second half's first six and a half minutes.

Late in the game, guard Scoop Jardine helped the Orange escape with the victory.

Jardine, who had a terrible first half -- which included three turnovers, one assist and just two points -- rebounded by scoring five points in the last four minutes of the contest. Jardine finished with 12 points and three assists.

Kris Joseph also scored 15 points and added eight rebounds. Teammate Rick Jackson. who finished with nine points and a team-best 14 rebounds, just missed another double-double.

On Wednesday, Syracuse will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John's Red Storm (10-3, 3-0). Seton Hall travels to the DePaul Blue Demons (6-9, 0-3).

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Syracuse 54, Seton Hall 47: Second Half (3:31 Remaining)

This game has hit the final media timeout and the Seton Hall Pirates are still hanging around the No. 4 Syracuse Orange, who lead 54-47 with 3:31 remaining in the game.

Seton Hall’s Jeff Robinson has netted a game-best 17 points.

Teammate Herb Pope has collected a game-high 18 rebounds and has played with four fouls throughout a majority of the second half.

Syracuse led 20-19 at halftime. But guard Brandon Triche has scored 15-second half points to help the Orange take a sizable advantage.

Syracuse largest lead was 11 points.


Syracuse 50, Seton Hall 40: Second Half (7:45 Remaining)

The No. 4 Syracuse Orange have increased their lead over the Seton Hall Pirates to double-digits, 50-40, with 7:45 remaining in the game.

Currently, starting guard Brandon Triche is the Orange’s top scorer with 15 points — all coming in the second half. Triche is 5-for-6 from the field, including four 3-pointers.

Junior forward Kris Joseph has netted 13 points and collected seven rebounds. Forward Rick Jackson has seven points and 13 rebounds.

For Seton Hall, Jeff Robinson has a team-best 15 points, freshman Fuquan Edwin has 10 points. Forward Herb Pope, who is playing with four fouls, has a game-best 16 rebounds.


Syracuse 41, Seton Hall 33: Second Half (12:00 Remaining)

Starting guard Brandon Triche is unconscious right now!

Triche just nailed another 3-pointer, while being fouled, and has netted 14 points in the first eight minutes of the second half as SU leads 41-33.

Triche will come out of the TV break with a chance at a four-point play. Triche is 5-for-5 from the field, including four 3-pointers.

Seton Hall’s Herb Pope, who has four points and 14 rebounds, has four fouls and is still in the game.


Syracuse 38, Seton Hall 28: Second Half (14:00 Remaining)

Brandon Triche has caught fire and has helped the No. 4 Syracuse Orange earn their largest lead of the game, 38-28, with less than 14 minutes to play in the second half.

SU is currently on a 10-2 run.

Triche has tallied 11 points in the first six and a half minutes of the second half. Triche has nailed three 3-pointers and added a lay in on a transition basket.

Scoop Jardine also added a 3-pointer. Freshmen center Fab Melo made a free throw.

It’s great that someone got hot or at least wanted to play in the second half.

Let see if they can carry this momentum the rest of the way.


Syracuse 28, Seton Hall 26: Second Half (15:58 Remaining)

The Seton Hall Pirates finally connected on their first 3-point shot but still trail the No. 4 Syracuse Orange at the first TV timeout of the second half, 28-26.

Syracuse starting guard Brandon Triche netted five points — a 3-pointer and a lay up after a steal — during the four minute span to help SU keep its lead.

Kris Joseph has a team-high 10 points.

Seton Hall’s leading rebounder Herb Pope has three fouls.


Syracuse 20, Seton Hall 19: Halftime

That was by far the ugliest half of NCAA Division I men’s college hoops that I’ve ever seen.

I don’t know if I want to watch the second half.

Heck, I doubt head coach Jim Boeheim wants to even bring back his No.4-ranked Syracuse Orange squad after that first half.

The biggest stat of the first half has to be the Seton Hall Pirates shooting 0-for-17 from 3-point land — Yes, that’s a correct stat.

Pirates guard Jordan Theodore is 0-for-5 from behind the arc. Teammates Edwin Fuquan and Jamel Jackson are both 0-for-4 from 3-point land.

Fuquan currently has a team-best eight points. Teammate Jeff Robinson has six points and eight rebounds. Herb Pope has collected 10 rebounds.

For Syracuse, Kris Joseph is the leading scorer with eight points. Joseph also grabbed six rebounds.

Teammate Rick Jackson has just two points but nine rebounds.

Starting point guard Scoop Jardine may not even see the floor after an awful first half, which featured three turnovers, one assist and two points.

Syracuse has nine overall. Seton Hall has four turnovers.

Not much else to talk about in this game because there wasn’t anything but a lot of missed shots. Here’s the shooting stats.

Syracuse: 7-for-23 (30.4 percent). Seton Hall: 8-for-34 (23.5).


Syracuse 18, Seton Hall 14: First Half (3:42 Remaining)

Some ugly basketball is being played in New Jersey.

With just under four minutes remaining in the first half, the Syracuse Orange lead the Seton Hall Pirates, 18-14.

Currently, both teams can’t hit the broad side of a barn. It’s pretty sad.

The Pirates are 0-for-the century from 3-point range. However, they continue to chuck up shots.

Syracuse forward Kris Joseph has netted six points and collected five rebounds.

Pirates are led by Jeff Robinson who has six points and eight rebounds.


Syracuse 15, Seton Hall 12: First Half (6:42 Remaining)

Despite shooting 0-for-9 from the 3-point line, the Seton Hall Pirates are keeping it close against the No. 4-ranked Syracuse Orange.

Herb Pope has netted six points and leads the Pirates in scoring.

So far, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has already played nine players. Freshman Dion Waiters and C.J. Fair are seeing decent playing time. Fair has netted three points.

Starting guard Brandon Triche has sat most of the first half.

Syracuse shooting: 6-for-16. Seton Hall: 6-for-22.


Syracuse 9, Seton Hall 6: First Half (11:57 Remaining)

Earlier turnovers have hampered the Syracuse Orange as they only lead by three points against the Seton Hall Pirates with 11:57 remaining in the first half.

The lone basket in the past four minutes was scored by James Southerland, who missed an early 3-pointer but laid in a nice pass from Dion Waiters.

Freshman Waiters entered the game after starting guard Scoop Jardine turned the ball over by firing a pass to forward Rick Jackson, who didn’t see the pass coming.


Syracuse 7, Seton Hall 6: First TV Timeout

Syracuse junior forward Kris Joseph has already netted five points as SU has taken a quick 7-6 advantage.

Freshman center Fab Melo netted the games first basket.

Seton Hall missed it first seven shots of the game.


Syracuse Basketball: Pre-Tip Off Thoughts

It has been a week since the No. 4-ranked Syracuse Orange beat No. 14 Notre Dame, 70-58.

Surprisingly, Syracuse won that game going away.

Without a question, entering today’s game against Seton Hall, Syracuse’s confidence is at a season high. It will be interesting to see if the Orange miss a beat or two — I am not expecting for that to happen.

What I am expecting is to seeing how Syracuse comes out against a opponent that isn’t as good.

Yes, the Big East Conference has a lot of quality teams and no contest should be overlooked. However, there are some Big East squads that are not good — Rutgers Scarlet Knights, South Florida Bulls and DePaul Blue Devils. Seton Hall is one of those no-so-good teams.

Head coach Jim Boeheim will talk the Big-East talk and say that any win in the conference is a quality win but I am sure he’s looking for a nice easy game today.


Syracuse Basketball Preview: SU at Seton Hall Pirates

The No. 4 Syracuse Orange play their first Big East Conference road game Saturday against the Seton Hall Pirates in South Orange, NJ.

Things can't be going much better for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East), who haven't played since last Saturday when they beat No. 14 Notre Dame, 70-58. A victory Saturday would allow the Orange to remain unbeaten -- as of Saturday, only seven other teams (No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 19/18 Central Florida and No. 24/25 Cincinnati ) in the nation have not lost.

Syracuse has met and exceeded all preseason expectations. A lot of this has to do with the play from senior forward Rick Jackson, who has been the squad's consistent presence inside. Currently, Jackson is tied for fourth in the nation in rebound average and has tallied nine double-doubles.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Rick Jackson 15 33.5 5.7 10.3 55.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 3.8 52.6 3.8 7.9 11.7 2.6 1.5 1.1 2.3 1.7 13.5

As of late, sophomore forward James Southerland has been playing well. Last Saturday, Southerland netted 12 points and had a collegiate-best three steals against the Fighting Irish.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - James Southerland 12 16.0 2.5 5.7 44.1 1.3 3.4 36.6 0.1 0.2 50.0 0.7 2.3 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.7 0.8 1.6 6.3

Also adding contributions has been freshmen guard Dion Waiters, who hasn't posted a lot of noticeable stats but has been critical in second-half surges.

Seton Hall (7-8, 1-2) has had a rough start to the 2010-11 season.

The Pirates have lost four of their last five games -- two against ranked Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals -- and lost All-American candidate, Jeremy Hazell, to a broken wrist. Hazell also was shot below his right arm during a robbery attempt on Christmas. Hazell has rejoined the team since the incident.

Currently, senior forward Jeff Robinson is leading the team in points. However, he has been criticized for taking too many outside shots, which have hurt the sputtering Pirates offense.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Jeff Robinson 15 30.1 4.7 10.1 46.7 1.1 3.3 32.0 1.7 2.1 78.1 1.7 4.2 5.9 0.5 1.7 0.7 0.5 2.6 12.2

Look for freshman Fuquan Edwin to try an steal the spotlight from Robinson. Against Louisville, Edwin scored a collegiate-best 18 points.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Fuquan Edwin 15 25.7 3.6 8.1 44.3 1.0 2.9 34.9 1.7 2.5 67.6 0.9 3.4 4.3 0.9 0.7 1.5 0.2 2.4 9.9

Seton Hall's lone Big East victory came against the South Florida Bulls, 64-55, on Dec. 28.

This should be an easy victory for the Orange, who play the St. John's Red Storm, Jan. 12 (Wednesday), and Cincinnati, Jan. 15 (Saturday), next week.


Information for this preview was provided by, and SB Nation's South Orange Juice. On Saturday, SB Nation New York will be updating throughout the game. Come and share your thoughts. Need to reach Jared? E-mail: Twitter: Jared_E_Smith.

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