Syracuse Basketball

Syracuse-Rutgers: Orange Continue To Cruise

Matt ReaganCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2009

The Syracuse Orange completed a season series sweep Tuesday night with another blowout win 70-40 over the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. The Orange didn't wake-up until the second half when they outscored Rutgers 51-20.

Syracuse found themselves trailing 19-20 at the half after apparently forgetting that they had a game tonight.

Paul Harris led the Orange with 18 points and nine rebounds, but it was his thundering dunks early in the second half that sparked the team. On one play Harris went above the rim to slam down an alley-oop from Jonny Flynn. If that wasn't spectacular enough Harris decided he didn't need Flynn and threw and caught the ball himself for a dunk that sent the crowd of 21,233 into a frenzy.

Andy Rautins came off the bench to score 11 points on three-of-four shooting from three point range. Jonny Flynn scored only seven points, but dished out a game high ten assists.

Shockingly enough, the Orange's starting back court comprised of Flynn and SG Eric Devendorf combined for only 10 points, yet they won by 30.

Carrier Dome favorite Kristof Ongenaet had his third solid game in a row and scored a season high 10 points to go with six rebounds. Kristof is the only Orange senior and played his last game in the Dome as it was senior night.

Rutgers was led by former McDonald's All-American PG Mike Rosario, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds.

The Knights actually pulled out to a nine point lead in the first half with a score of 14-5, but a win over Syracuse just wasn't in the cards for them.

With the loss Rutgers falls to 10-20, 1-16 Big East.  Rutgers only conference victory this season came against 0-16 DePaul at home.

Syracuse finished the game shooting 54.9 percent from the field, and Rutgers finished a cool 25.4 percent.

With the win Syracuse improves to 22-8, 10-7 Big East and has won their last three conference games by a combined 84 points. They seem to be peaking at the right time and have won their last four out-of-five games with the sole loss coming to no.11 Villanova 86-89.

Thanks to a Cincinnati loss to South Florida, 59-70, the Orange are tied for sixth place in The Big East and will have a first round bye in the up-coming conference tournament.

Up next for the Orange is a Saturday afternoon season finale against no.13 ranked Marquette (23-6, 12-4 Big East) on their home floor.

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. and the Golden Eagles will be without PG Dominic James who broke his foot against UConn. Marquette still has to play No. 3 Pittsburgh before they face the Orange on Saturday and have already dropped consecutive games to UConn and Louisville. 

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