This win was big.
After starting the season 3-0 against primarily weak opponents, Syracuse went into this game against ranked Florida searching for some respect. The respect was earned with an 89-83 victory over a ranked opponent in the CBE Classic.
The play of their backcourt had led them to victories so far against Le Moyne, Richmond, and Oakland, but this time it was Paul Harris who came up big. The junior big man had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. The backcourt came to play too, as Jonny Flynn scored 18 and three-point specialist Andy Rautins scored 15 off 5-9 from three-point land.
Syracuse shot lights out as a whole, shooting over 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point land as a team.
Syracuse also won this game by rebounding and passing. They outrebounded Florida 40-30, much thanks to Harris and Arinze Onuaku, who added 13 points and 12 rebounds of his own. The Orange had assists on 19 of their 31 field goals.
Other contributors for Syracuse included freshman Kris Joseph, who had 10 points in his second straight solid outing. Look for him to have more and more of an impact as the season goes on.
Alex Tyus of Florida led all scorers with 24 points. Nick Calathes added 19 points and eight assists.
The Orange are now 4-0 and move on to play #24 Kansas in CBE Classic final.