Syracuse Vs. Stanford 2011: Orange Play Cardinals In Finale At Madison Square Garden

The Syracuse University men's basketball program looks for its second NIT Tipoff Tournament title Friday night as the Orange face Stanford University at MSG (5:00 p.m. on ESPN). SB Nation New York has a preview.

The Syracuse men's basketball program will be looking to collect its second ever NIT Tipoff Tournament title Friday as the Orange take on Stanford University in the final round at Madison Square Garden (5 p.m. on ESPN). Syracuse (5-0), ranked No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, advanced to the final by defeating Virginia Tech, 69-58, in the semi-final round, while the Cardinals (5-0) easily beat Oklahoma State University, 82-67. This will be the first time ever that SU and Stanford will meet on the hardwood.

On Wednesday, the Orange trailed by seven points in the first half, but got a stellar performance from senior forward Kris Joseph (20 points, 10 rebounds) and a much needed spark of the bench from sophomore forward C.J. Fair (12 points and a collegiate-best 10 rebounds) to snag a lead and pull away. 

Overall, Syracuse has four players -- Joseph (14.8 points per game), sophomore guard Dion Waiters (13.2 ppg), junior forward James Southerland (11.0) and junior guard Brandon Triche (10.8) -- averaging in double figures. Defensively, the Orange are holding opponents below 60 points per game and a shooting percentage of just 36.3.


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
Kris Joseph 5 25.4 5.0 10.2 49.0 1.6 3.8 42.1 3.2 4.2 76.2 1.2 4.2 5.4 1.2 1.2 1.0 0.2 1.8 14.8
Dion Waiters 5 22.4 5.4 10.0 54.0 1.0 3.2 31.3 1.4 2.4 58.3 0.2 0.8 1.0 3.6 1.0 2.0 0.2 1.8 13.2
James Southerland 5 17.8 4.4 6.8 64.7 1.6 2.6 61.5 0.6 0.8 75.0 1.2 2.6 3.8 1.2 0.2 1.6 0.8 0.8 11.0
Brandon Triche 5 21.0 4.0 9.4 42.6 1.4 4.0 35.0 1.4 1.8 77.8 1.8 1.4 3.2 3.4 2.0 0.4 0.4 1.0 10.8
C.J. Fair 5 23.6 3.2 6.0 53.3 0.6 1.0 60.0 1.8 2.4 75.0 2.2 4.2 6.4 0.8 1.4 1.8 0.4 1.4 8.8
Fabricio Melo 5 20.0 2.6 5.4 48.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.2 45.5 3.2 1.8 5.0 0.6 1.6 0.2 2.8 3.2 6.2
Scoop Jardine 5 17.0 2.0 5.0 40.0 0.6 2.2 27.3 0.8 1.8 44.4 0.0 1.2 1.2 3.8 0.8 1.4 0.0 0.6 5.4
Rakeem Christmas 5 15.4 1.8 2.8 64.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.4 85.7 1.6 2.4 4.0 0.0 1.2 0.6 0.6 2.6 4.8
Baye Moussa Keita 5 12.8 1.6 1.6 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.6 62.5 2.0 1.4 3.4 0.2 0.4 0.4 1.4 1.8 4.2
Michael Carter-Williams 5 15.4 1.4 4.6 30.4 0.2 1.2 16.7 0.2 0.6 33.3 0.6 1.8 2.4 2.6 1.2 1.2 0.6 1.0 3.2
Albert Nassar 1 1.0 1.0 1.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Mookie Jones 4 5.5 0.5 3.3 15.4 0.5 2.8 18.2 0.3 0.8 33.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.0 0.0 0.3 1.8
Matt Tomaszewski 2 2.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
Griffin Hoffmann 3 1.0 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.0
Brandon Reese 3 1.7 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.7
Nick Resavy 3 1.7 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Matt Lyde-Cajuste 3 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Russ DeRemer 2 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0
Nolan Hart 1 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Meanwhile, the Cardinals, led by third-year head coach Johnny Dawkins, are trying to capture their first fall tournament title at MSG.

Stanford soared into the finals by downing Fresno State University, 75-59, Nov. 14, then Colorado State University, 64-53, Nov. 15. On Wednesday, behind a a game-high 21 points from senior forward/center Josh Owens and a team total of nine 3-pointers the Cardinals had no problem downing Oklahoma State. Freshman guard Chasson Randle netted a collegiate-best 17 points, while sophomore guard Aaron Bright added 15 points. Both Randle and Bright knocked down three 3-pointers.

Overall, Owens and Bright each lead the team is scoring with 14.0 ppg. Owens is also averaging a solid 4.4 rebounds per game, while Bright has been lethal behind the 3-point arc shooting a blazing 51.9-percent (14-of-27). Chasson is the only other Cardinal averaging double digits (10.4 ppg).


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
Aaron Bright 5 29.2 4.4 8.4 52.4 2.8 5.4 51.9 2.4 3.0 80.0 0.2 1.2 1.4 3.6 2.2 0.8 0.0 1.2 14.0
Josh Owens 5 22.6 6.0 8.6 69.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 4.2 47.6 1.0 3.4 4.4 0.8 1.4 1.0 0.0 1.6 14.0
Chasson Randle 5 24.0 3.4 7.6 44.7 1.0 3.8 26.3 2.6 3.6 72.2 1.2 2.8 4.0 2.2 3.0 1.4 0.2 3.4 10.4
Anthony Brown 5 18.6 2.8 7.2 38.9 0.8 3.0 26.7 0.2 0.4 50.0 1.2 3.2 4.4 0.6 1.4 0.2 0.0 1.4 6.6
Josh Huestis 5 20.6 2.4 4.8 50.0 0.2 0.6 33.3 1.4 2.8 50.0 1.8 4.0 5.8 1.0 0.2 0.6 0.8 1.0 6.4
Jarrett Mann 5 22.8 1.6 3.4 47.1 0.2 0.4 50.0 2.6 4.4 59.1 1.8 3.4 5.2 2.4 2.4 0.6 0.0 1.6 6.0
Gabriel Harris 5 19.2 1.4 5.2 26.9 0.2 1.2 16.7 3.0 3.8 78.9 0.8 1.2 2.0 2.0 1.0 0.4 0.0 2.0 6.0
Dwight Powell 3 14.3 2.0 4.0 50.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.0 3.0 66.7 0.0 2.3 2.3 1.3 1.0 1.0 0.3 1.3 6.0
Andrew Zimmerman 5 12.6 1.6 2.4 66.7 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.8 0.4 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.6 0.2 2.2 3.6
Jack Trotter 5 9.0 1.0 1.8 55.6 0.2 0.2 100.0 0.6 1.0 60.0 0.8 1.8 2.6 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.8 2.8
John Gage 2 8.0 1.0 2.5 40.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.5 2.0
Stefan Nastic 5 5.6 0.4 0.6 66.7 0.2 0.2 100.0 0.6 1.0 60.0 0.2 1.4 1.6 0.4 1.4 0.0 0.4 1.2 1.6
Robbie Lemons 3 4.0 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.0
Jack Ryan 3 2.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Wade Morgan 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Andy Brown 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Defensively, Stanford has kept its opponents shooting percentage below 40-percent (39.4) and, just like the Orange, has not allowed more than 60 points this season.

Before the season, the Cardinals were picked to finish sixth out of the 12-team PAC-12. Standford enters Friday's match up as 9 1/2 points underdogs.




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