Michael-Carter Williams continue d to make it look easy on Saturday night with 15 points and a career-high 16 assists, as the Syracuse Orange made it look easy with a 108-56 win over Monmouth in front of 21,760 fans at the Carrier Dome. C.J. Fair, as he did on Thursday, joined Carter-Williams in the double-double department with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"We aren't a selfish team ," says Carter-Williams I don't think there is anyone on the team who is a selfish basketball player. We all like to pass the ball to each other which I think has a lot to do with us as a group. We all hang out with each other and we are friends. There is no drama on the team. We all just really love each other."
The win improved Syracuse to 8-0 on the season, and increased SU's streak to 28 straight home wins.The Orange have now also won 50 straight non-conference games in the regular season. While Saturday's game was a blowout, SU Head Coach Jim Boeheim says the Orange can still add it into the overall learning process.
"There are lots of little things, defensive things ," says Boeheim, "w e haven't worked on that press that much so there are some adjustments we can make there. There are some real different things there. There are always mistakes. If you make fifteen turnovers there are fifteen teaching moments. "
Carter-Williams ' assists totals for the game is the third-highest in school history, behind only Sherman Douglas (22) and Pearl Washington (18).
"He makes it very easy , says Syracuse sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas, "h e is always looking out for someone open and just knowing that makes me want to get open more."
The Orange now get a week off for exams, and will be back in action next Saturday night against Canisius.