The Orange are poised to be # 1 this coming week after an 85 to 50 win over George Washington. On a day when both # 1 Kentucky and # 2 Ohio State lost, the Orange had a well balanced attack against the Colonials to set themselves up to be tops in the country on Monday.
" It's cool. It's exciting to finally be No. 1, " said Scoop Jardine, " but the thing about us is that we want to be No. 1 after our last game. We have a tough N.C. State team next. It's going to be a tough game, and if we play efficiently on offense and defense, we should be able to come out with the win. Our biggest thing is just getting better every day."
Dion Waiters led the way with a career high 19 points and 6 steals on his birthday. His fantastic defense and solid play off the bench seems to be getting better and better as the season progresses. " I just played hard and saw the floor well. On the defensive end, I just tried to make some steals."
Twelve Orange players got on the scoring sheet, four players finishing with 8 points. Kris Joseph scored 9 points, while freshman Michael Carter-Williams had his best game so far, dropping 5 points and dishing out 8 assists.
"He just hasn't tried to force things ," explained head coach Jim Boeheim, "h e is taking care of the ball. He's a very good defensive player. He really helps our defense. He is very active. He got on the floor and made a big play early for Dion (Waiters). He is running the team and being a good point guard. That is what we need him to do."
The Orange now have a week off before playing it's first true road game next Saturday against N.C. State.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Dion Waiters had 19 points and six steals, both career highs, and No. 3 Syracuse beat George Washington with ease, 85-50, on Saturday night.
It indeed was a good day where things fell into place for the unbeaten Orange (10-0). In the midst of a federal investigation, Syracuse is poised to move to No. 1 in the national rankings, after top-ranked Kentucky lost to Indiana, 73-72, and No. 2 Ohio State lost to No. 13 Kansas, 78-67.
Kris Joseph had nine points and eight rebounds, and Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Fab Melo, and C.J. Fair each scored eight for the Orange. Freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams had five points and a season-high eight assists.
David Pellom had 12 points and Lasan Kromah and Dwayne Smith each had 10 to lead George Washington (4-5), which has lost four in a row.