Syracuse Orange fans had their first look at the 2013-14 Orange tonight and the young team didnâ??t disappoint. The Orange got away from exhibition opponent Holy Family early, spreading the ball evenly through their lineup and beating the Division II Philadelphia team 79-41 in front of a crowd of 8,514 at the Carrier Dome.
The Orange shot 46-percent from the field and went 9 for 21 from 3-point range. The SU bench accounted for 34 points.
C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant led the Orange offense with 13 points. Fair added nine rebounds.
"He missed a couple easy shots early but then he got a couple good ines in the second half. He rebounded well," head coach Jim Boeheim said of Fair. "I thought he showed that he improved his play-making as well."
Trevor Cooney had nine points and was 3 for 4 shooting from outside the arc. Michael Carter-Williams replacemnet and true freshman Tyler Ennis finished with 12 points. Ron Patterson had 11 and went 3 for 5 from three-point range. Baye Moussa Keita had a team-high 10 rebounds.
On defense, the Orange held Holy Family to 25-percent shooting and just 3 for 25 from 3-point range.
"We did a pretty good job with our movement defensively," said Boeheim. "It was a good outing. There's a lot of things we can improve on moving forward."
Tonight was the first of two preseason matchups. Syracuse will take on Ryerson on Tuesday before officially opening the season next Friday at home against Cornell.