Peck had 10 of his points in the first half, including an alley-oop dunk to open the scoring for the Big Red on its first possession, and added two assists and a steal. Chris Wroblewski chipped in with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals and Drew Ferry connected on three 3-pointers for nine points. Adam Wire had six rebounds and a game-high four steals in the loss for the visitors, who shot 34 percent for the game and were outrebounded 48-27. The team had a season-high 13 steaks and forced 20 turnovers.
Rick Jackson had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three assists in 31 productive minutes for SU, which shot 50 percent from the floor. Kris Joseph (16 points) and Dion Waiters (11 points) were also in double figures. SU dominated the first half, taking a 38-17 lead into the break after limiting Cornell to 24 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes. Included was a 1-of-12 effort from beyond the arc (8 percent). Highly-touted fresham Fab Melo notched eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
SU wasted little time jumping out to a 15-3 lead after just 5:19. Only Peck's dunk and a free-throw by the sophomore on the next possession kept it close early, and a 10-0 Syracuse run was triggered by a dunk and a 3-pointer by Joseph. A basket by Coury off a feed from Wroblewski, followed by a short jumper of his own, made it 15-7, but that triggered a 14-0 run over the next 5:24 that turned an eight-point lead into a 22-point bulge at 29-7 with just under eight minutes left before halftime.
Peck and Miles Asafo-Adjei triggered the offense, with Asafo-Adjei getting to the line twice and Peck hitting a 3-pointer to stem the runs. His second dunk, this one after catching the ball at the free-throw line, using a head fake and taking a dribble before throwing it down, were the final points of the half for either team.
Cornell's intensity on both ends picked up after halftime, as the visitors opened the stanza with an 18-8 run over the first 5:53, doubling their scoring total and cutting the deficit to 11 (46-35). Ferry got the Big Red started by draining a pair of treys, both off of feeds from Wroblewski, then the Big Red got three consecutive layups, one each by Wire, Mark Coury and Peck. A third Ferry 3-pointer made it 49-38 with 13:21 left, and Cornell continued to hang around for the next several minutes before an 11-0 Syracuse run put the game back out of hand. By the time Mark Coury tipped in a shot and was fouled to complete a three-point play with 4:14 remaining, the game was all but decided. Max Groebe got back on track in the final minutes, hitting a pair of 3-pointers on his way to eight late points, while Johnathan Gray (3-pointer) and Eitan Chemerinski (offensive putback) got into the scorebook in the final minutes.
The Big Red returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. CST when it visits Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. to face the No. 15/13 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
By Brian Delaney
SYRACUSE -- Running its win streak to 33 in a lopsided basketball series that spans 110 years, No. 8 Syracuse manhandled Cornell over the first 20 minutes Tuesday night en route to a 78-58 victory at the Carrier Dome.
The Orange (7-0) used their immense size advantage -- at least on this night -- over the inaptly named Big Red, breaking out in transition for easy dunks and hassling Cornell's shooters into a night of clangs, bangs and ricochets off an unforgiving rim.
That was just in the first half, but it was damage aplenty.
"Whether it was nerves or being in the Dome and guys for the first time going out there and looking at that Syracuse squad that looked like an NBA team --you come in and look at them and guys can be a little passive," Cornell coach Bill Courtney said.
"We were very passive to start the game. We talk about it a lot but it's still hard for kids to try and accept it."
Syracuse outrebounded Cornell 48-27, accumulating nearly as many offensive rebounds (15) as Cornell had defensive (19).
Rick Jackson, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior forward, recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He did so on efficient 7-of-9 shooting from the field.
The Orange scored 44 points in the paint, and shot 64 percent (23 for 36) on two-point field goals.
Kris Joseph finished with 16 points and freshman Dion Waiters chipped in 11 off the bench. The Orange never trailed, led 29-7 by the eight-minute mark of the first half, and took a comfortable 38-17 cushion into halftime.
The Big Red shot an abysmal 6-for-25 from the field, and missed 11 of 12 shots from the three-point line.
Syracuse's size and length were something Cornell could not simulate in practice.
"You definitely can't," Cornell sophomore Errick Peck said. "Their length is incredible."
Peck was the lone bright spot in the first half. Ending a six-game stretch of offensive futility, the talented 6-6 forward scored 10 of his 14 points before the intermission. He played with confidence, made good decisions and showed flashes of the player Cornell needs him to be come Ivy League play in January.
"The biggest thing for me was having confidence in myself," he said. "Keeping everything positive within my mindset. It's all mental with me, more than physical."
But unlike a 92-68 loss at Seton Hall on Nov. 14, Cornell showed a little character in the second half. Syracuse got lackadaisical, and the Big Red exploited that.
Cornell used a 12-3 run to make it a 46-35 game with 14:07 left. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, furious with his team, took two timeouts during that stretch and picked up a technical foul.
"We just thought the game was over and made a lot of turnovers," bemoaned Boeheim, who ripped his team's second-half effort and called Scoop Jardine's 0-point, 7-assist, 4-turnover showing "horrible."
Boeheim said, "Second half, we really had very little effort defensively at all. When you don't have good effort, people are going to be able to score against you. We just made ridiculous turnovers that we just can't have."
His players got the point.
The Orange soon after went on a 14-2 run, spanning six-plus minutes, to extend its lead to 66-42 with 5:25 left. Syracuse pounded the ball inside repeatedly, something Cornell simply isn't built to stop.
"We tried the best we can to practice against that, simulate that," Cornell senior center Mark Coury said. "You can't do anything about their length unless we have brooms or something like that."
The loss was Cornell's fourth straight. After a trip to No. 15 Minnesota on Saturday, the Big Red has two weeks to recuperate, take final exams, and prepare for a post-finals schedule that's more to its level.
Cornell will play Binghamton, Bucknell, two games at the VCU holiday tournament, Stony Brook and Buffalo before embarking on the Ivy League's 14-game tournament.
Notes: Three other Ivy League teams played Tuesday night. Penn beat UMBC, 71-59; Yale beat Hartford, 81-76; and Princeton won at Lafayette, 82-64. ... Over seven games, Cornell has a rebounding margin of minus-10. ... Syracuse had 20 turnovers. ... Cornell's Chris Wroblewski finished with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. He shot 0-for-6 from the 3-point arc. ... Max Groebe's 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the game ended a stretch of 15 straight missed field-goal attempts. ... Syracuse leads the all-time series, 87-31. The win was Boeheim's 836th.
CORNELL (2-5) Ferry 3-11 0-0 9, Wire 1-2 0-0 2, Coury 3-7 1-1 7, Wroblewski 2-8 4-4 8, Peck 5-9 3-4 14, Groebe 3-8 0-0 8, Gatlin 1-2 0-0 2, McMillan 0-1 0-0 0, Asafo-Adjei 0-3 3-4 3, Gray 1-1 0-0 3, Tarwater 0-0 0-0 0, Figini 0-5 0-2 0, Sahota 0-1 0-0 0, Chemerinski 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-59 11-15 58.
SYRACUSE (7-0) Jackson 7-9 3-5 17, Joseph 7-12 0-0 16, Melo 3-4 2-4 8, Jardine 0-5 0-0 0, Triche 4-9 1-1 9, Waiters 3-5 2-2 11, Fair 1-3 0-2 2, Keita 1-1 2-3 4, Jones 1-5 4-4 7, Reese 0-0 0-0 0, Tomaszewski 0-1 0-0 0, Southerland 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 29-58 14-21 78.Halftime: Syracuse 38-17. 3-Point Goals: Cornell 7-29 (Ferry 3-9, Groebe 2-7, Gray 1-1, Peck 1-3, McMillan 0-1, Asafo-Adjei 0-2, Wroblewski 0-6), Syracuse 6-22 (Waiters 3-4, Joseph 2-4, Jones 1-5, Southerland 0-1, Jardine 0-4, Triche 0-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Cornell 27 (Coury, Wire 6), Syracuse 48 (Jackson 13). Assists: Cornell 15 (Wroblewski 7), Syracuse 19 (Jardine 7). Total Fouls: Cornell 20, Syracuse 10. Technical: Syracuse Bench. A: 20,548.
Errick Peck felt right at home at the Carrier Dome last night, scoring 14 points in his first double-digit effort of the season. Unfortunately, the Red didn’t fare as well as a whole and lost to Syracuse, 78-58.
Cornell Daily Sun
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A matchup with the No. 8-ranked team in the country isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered for a squad looking to cure a three-game losing skid; however, that’s exactly what Cornell got yesterday night at the Carrier Dome, as the men’s basketball came out on the losing end of a lop-sided, 78-58, affair against Syracuse.
With the loss, the Red drops to 2-5 on the season while the Orange improves to 7-0. That said, listening to Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim speak in the post-game press conference, you would think his team was the one that lost by 20 points.
“We just can’t seem to put consistent efforts together. ... We have to somehow get better, and we’re just a long ways from where we need to be at this stage of the year. We just can’t play like this and be successful,” he said. “The second half there was nothing good about our defense. ... We thought the game was over and made a lot of turnovers. ... Our four best ball-handlers had 16 turnovers.”
Six of those turnovers came at the hands of Scoop Jardine, who, despite shooting 0-for-5 from the floor, finished with a team-leading seven assists.
Jardine’s coach, however, was less than pleased with the junior guard’s efforts.
“He was horrible. He couldn’t be any worse than he played tonight. I could get seven assists with a bad finger,” Boeheim said. “He was completely nowhere in the game. ... You don’t dribble out to the 3-point line unless you’re about a 50 percent, 60 percent 3-point shooter. I wouldn’t say we have any of those guys on this team.”
Despite allowing a 18-8 run that brought the Red within 11 with 14:07 to go, the Orange managed to hold Cornell to 33.9 percent overall and just 7-of-29 from 3-point range. Although he managed to finish with eight points and seven assists — not to mention four rebounds and three steals — junior guard and tri-captain Chris Wroblewski was an uncharacteristic 0-for-6 from downtown.
Syracuse, meanwhile, shot 50 percent for the game, connecting on 27.3 percent of its long-range attempts.
If there was a positive to be gleaned from Tuesday night’s contest, it was the play of sophomore guard Errick Peck. After being marred in a 3-for-15 slump over the past two games, Peck notched a team-leading 14 points — matching a career-high as the only Cornell player to score in double-figures.
He wasn’t the only one who broke out of a slump, as senior guard Max Groebe knocked down two treys in the second half — ending his streak of 16 missed field goals.
Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with senior forward Rick Jackson finding freshman center Fab Melo for the crowd-pleasing alley-oop. Cornell was quick to respond in kind, as Wroblewski connected with Peck for an identical play.
However, that would prove the extent of Red imitating Orange, as Syracuse raced out to a 15-3 advantage while Cornell went five minutes without a field goal. The Red shot just 24 percent for the first half and hit only 1-of-12 from beyond the arc — enabling the Orange players to head into the locker room holding a commanding 21-point lead (38-17) at halftime.
“Whether it was nerves, being in the Dome and guys for the first time going out there and looking at that Syracuse crowd ... guys can be a little passive, and I thought we were very passive to start the game,” said Cornell head coach Bill Courtney.
Cornell showed signs of life in the second stanza, eclipsing its first-half point total just under six minutes into the frame, thanks largely to junior guard Andrew Ferry’s back-to-back 3’s and other members of the Red heating up offensively.
However, it wasn’t enough to derail the Orange, who cruised to a comfortable 78-58 win despite 12 second-half turnovers and what Boeheim considered a lackluster defensive effort.
“We had a couple guys with open looks we just didn’t knock them down ... then there were shots we started to hit in the second half, and we didn’t continue to do that,” Courtney said. “In those times we have to rely on defense, and it’s just so hard to stop those guys.”
Rebounding once again proved an issue for Cornell, who were outperformed by Syracuse, 48-27, in that department and provided the Orange with 15 second-chance opportunities.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - #8/7 Syracuse (7-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 78-58 win against Cornell (2-5) on Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. Senior forward Rick Jackson notched a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds while junior forward Kris Joseph had 16 points in the win.
SU extended its winning streak in the Cornell series to 33 games. The Big Red is the second most familiar foe in Syracuse hoop history with tonight's meeting the 118th all-time.
Jackson posted his sixth straight double-double. He was 7-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe while Joseph was 7-of-12 from the field including a pair of threes. Freshman guard Dion Waiters rounded out the double-digit scorers, netting 11 points, including a trio of threes, while dishing out four assists.
Syracuse dominated the lane in the win, holding a 44-20 advantage in points in the paint while winning the rebounding battle, 48-27. Freshman center Fab Melo helped establish the inside presence, pairing eight points with seven rebounds.
The Orange came on strong, outscoring the Big Red, 15-3, through the first six minutes of play. Joseph found Melo for a dunk to open the scoring and propelled the run with five points.
Cornell cut the deficit with back-to-back field goals, 15-7, but the Orange responded with 14 unanswered buckets to take a 29-7 lead with 7:56 remaining in the first half. The Big Red used an 8-3 scoring advantage through the next four minutes to cut the deficit, 32-15, but the Orange scored the next six to go into the break with a 38-17 advantage.
The SU defense limited Cornell to 6-of-25 shooting (.240) from the field, including a 1-of-12 (.083) effort on 3-pointers, in the first half.
The Big Red found its rhythm out of intermission, outscoring the hosts 14-5 through the first five minutes of the second half to cut the lead to 12, 43-31. The visitors managed to get as close as 11 in the second half, twice, before Syracuse pulled away for good.
Errick Peck led the Big Red with a career-best tying 14 points while Drew Ferry added nine. Mark Coury and Adam Wire topped the Cornell rebounding effort, corraling six boards each.
The Orange returns to the Dome on Saturday, December 4 when it hosts North Carolina State at 5:30 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Cornell
November 30, 2010
Syracuse, N.Y. – Carrier Dome
"In the first half we were pretty good with the basketball. We did a good job on the boards. We shot the ball well and made good decisions. We just made a couple bad turnovers.
In the second half we thought the game was over and made a lot of turnovers. Our four best ball-handlers had 16 turnovers, that’s just not going to get it done. I was very disappointed with the second half after a pretty solid first half.
We just can’t seem to put good efforts together on the offensive and defensive ends. We were good defensively in the first half, and in the second half we had very little effort defensively. When you don’t have good effort, people are going to score against you.
We just made ridiculous turnovers that you just can’t have -- we have a lot of work to do, we can’t seem to get it together for 40 minutes.
We have to get better and we are a long ways from where we need to be at this stage in the year. We had an advantage inside with (Rick Jacson), he did a great job down there, but we’re not going to have that advantage every game. It’s just disappointing that our veteran guys can make so many bad turnovers and we have to be better than that. We have a lot of work ahead of us."
Were you more disappointed with the defense in the half-court or transition?
"In the second half there was nothing good about our defense."
Fab (Melo) seemed to have an increased presence. Do you see an improvement in his game?
"He was a little more active -- he blocked that shot early. The second time he got in the game he couldn’t get up and down the court two or three times in a row and they went down and got layups. He has to be able to get up and down to get in position. I thought tonight when he got in position, he created some things. He’s has to be able to get up and down better."
Rick (Jackson) had another big game. Is he going to have to play like this all year long?
"He has to play well every game."
Can you comment on the development of Dion Waiters?
"He has good moments on offense. He makes mistakes we can’t make in transition. He makes a good play and comes down three-on-one and we can’t even get a shot -- we just can’t play like this and be successful.
You can’t look at this game and who we’re beating, that’s just nonsense and foolishness. It’s how you play, not who you play or who you’re playing. It has nothing to do with anything. You can’t play bad basketball and win games against good teams. We’re playing bad basketball and we’ve been playing bad basketball from the first game until now."
The Syracuse Orange used a dominating defensive performance to score a 78-58 victory over visiting Cornell in front of 20,548 fans at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.
Syracuse held Cornell to 30 percent field goal shooting for the game. The Orange staked itself to a comfortable 38-17 halftime lead after limiting Cornell to 1-for-12 shooting from beyond the 3-point line in the opening half.
Once again, Rick Jackson multi-tasked in both scoring and rebounding for the Orange.
The 6-foot-9 senior forward registered his sixth double-double in seven games this season with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Kris Joseph contributed 16 points, while freshman guard Dion Waiters added 11 points off the bench for 8th-ranked Syracuse, which improved to 7-0 for the season.
Cornell (2-5) got 14 points from sophomore forward Errick Peck.
Syracuse dominated the first half, running out to a quick 15-3 edge that eventually stretched into a 38-17 halftime lead.
The Orange out-rebounded Cornell 27 to nine in the first half. Syracuse also limited Cornell to just 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting. The Big Red took 12 shots from 3-point range and made just one.
Syracuse got balanced scoring in the opening half. Joseph had 11 points, while Jackson added nine points and eight boards. Waiters chipped in with eight.
But the story of the first 20 minutes was the play of Fab Melo. The freshman center had struggled in SU’s first six games. But in the first half alone, he tied his career-highs in both points (four) and rebounds (four). Melo added a blocked shot and a steal in his best half of the season.
Melo, a 7-foot center from Brazil, finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
The Syracuse Orange remained undefeated through its first seven games of the season with a 78-58 victory over Cornell front of 20,548 fans at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.
But Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was less than pleased with the 8th-ranked Orange’s performance.
Syracuse (7-0) played well in the first half, limiting Cornell to 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting from the field, as the Orange opened up a 21-point halftime lead.
But the Orange looked lackluster in the second half, suffering defensive lapses and committing 12 turnovers after the break. Cornell (2-5) outscored Syracuse 41-40 in the second period.
“I thought in the first half we did a good job of moving the basketball,’’ Boeheim said. “We did a good job on the boards. We shot the ball well and we made good decisions. We just made a couple bad turnovers.
“In the second half, we thought the game was over,’’ he continued. “We made a lot of turnovers. Our four best ball-handlers made 16 turnovers. That’s not going to get it done. It was a very disappointing second half after a pretty solid first half.’’
Two games into the current season, Boeheim had called the Orange the most overrated team he had ever coached.
Three weeks and five games later, Boeheim seemed even more certain of his squad’s shortcomings. He brushed off the Orange’s recent wins over Michigan and Georgia Tech, two teams with well-known names but sketchy NCAA Tournament hopes.
“Georgia Tech’s losing by 30 tonight to Northwestern, a team that’s picked eighth in the Big Ten,’’ Boeheim said. Georgia Tech wound up losing 91-71 to Northwestern. “We can’t play like this and be successful. You can’t look at this game and you can’t look at who we’re beating; that’s just nonsense. That’s just foolishness.
“It’s how you play; it’s not who you play,’’ Boeheim added. “You can’t play bad basketball and win games against good teams, and we’re playing bad basketball. We’ve been playing bad basketball pretty much from the first game to now.’’
Errick Peck led Cornell with 14 points. He was the only Big Red player in double-figures.
There were some positives in Syracuse’s seventh consecutive win to start the season.
Rick Jackson, the Orange’s powerful post player, notched his sixth double-double of the year with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kris Joseph scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting.
And Fab Melo, the 7-foot freshman center who had been struggling mightily, put together season-highs of eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Despite all that, the mood in the SU locker room seemed rather dour.
Syracuse finished the game with 20 turnovers against 19 assists. It was the third straight game with more turnovers than assists for the Orange.
“We had 20 turnovers against a team like Cornell,’’ Joseph said. “If we have 20 turnovers against a team like Pittsburgh or UConn, we probably lose by 20. We have to get sharper and execute better on offense.’’
Syracuse’s backcourt of Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche shared the bulk of the blame. Jardine and Triche combined for 10 turnovers; half the Orange’s total.
“I think we’re all trying to make the home-run play,’’ said Jardine, who has committed 12 turnovers in the last three games after turning the ball over just seven times in the first four games of the year. “I think it’s going to help us be a better basketball team if we just make the smart play.’’
Triche turned the ball over six times against Cornell.
“Personally, I need to play better,’’ Triche said. “We’ve got to bring our abilities up to playing Big East teams, who are much better than Cornell. Having 20 turnovers against Cornell, who doesn’t pressure, it’s a bad thing for us.’’
In the second half, Syracuse paired its ball-handling mistakes with poor defense.
Cornell scored 11 fast-break points after getting nothing in transition in the first half. The Big Red’s shooting percentage soared from 24 percent in the first half to 41 percent in the second.
“Second half, we really had very little effort defensively at all,’’ Boeheim said. “When you don’t have good effort, people are going to be able to score against you.’’
Boeheim repeated his mantra that it’s not who you play, but how you play. However, the “who you play” portion of the equation will start to matter more in the Orange’s next two games. Syracuse hosts North Carolina State (4-1) on Saturday and then will face No. 6 Michigan State (5-1) next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
The Orange will have to improve its play if it intends to stay undefeated – and make its coach happy.
“We’ve got to clean our play up,’’ Jardine said. “Against better teams like N.C. State and Michigann State, who we got next, this is not going to get it.’’
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- Syracuse vs. Cornell: Mike Waters' post-game video
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- C.J. Fair has a monster dunk against Cornell
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- Rick Jackson's string of double-doubles keeps growing
- Syracuse vs. Cornell Basketball: Orange Locker Room video
- NunesMagician.com: Syracuse 78 - Cornell 58: Now That's More Like It
- Orange Hat Blog: Ithaca is Gorges, Fab Melo is Mildly Attractive
- Three Idiots Blog: Syracuse - Cornell Quick Takes
- The Daily Orange: RED HERRING: Boeheim downplays SU victory, still searches for improvement
- The Daily Orange: Melo breaks out of slump by combating struggles with Hopkins
- The Daily Orange: Boeheim blasts Jardine, guard finishes scoreless again; Waiters spurs active 2-3 zone in 1st half
- The Daily Orange: On The Beat 12/01/10: Cornell postgame
- Associated Press: Box Score - Recap