Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Syracuse Defeats Michigan State 72-58

The Syracuse Orangemen controlled all but a few minutes in their dominant performance on Tuesday night against Michigan State. Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone frustrated the Spartans all night long, as Michigan State could not decipher the defense. Continually, the Spartans passed the ball around slowly, which allowed the the Orangmen to rotate easily. Whenever Michigan State had some success, they were running the ball on transition and scoring before the defense could get set up. However, the Orangemen were able to execute their half court offense to slow down the pace of the game. The offense for Syracuse was dynamic, as the interior passing dictated the game. They moved the ball quickly and effectively, while limiting turnovers. Playing inside allowed Syracuse to rack up 29 free throw attempts compared to the 9 of 16 free throws made by Michigan State.

Rick Jackson absolutely dominated this game on both ends of the floor. Jackson scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. He played tough interior defense with Fab Melo, limiting the Spartans to 24 points scored in the paint. Scoop Jardine led all scorers with 19 on an efficient 7-9 shooting from the field. Kris Joseph added 14 points for Syracuse, while Durrell Summers led Michigan State with 18 points.

Player of the Game: Rick Jackson

What's next:

Michigan State: Oakland 12/11

Syracuse: Colgate 12/11

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