SU Basketball fans got their first look at life after Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph, Fab Melo and Dion Waiters on Thursday night, and watched four different players reach double figures in points in a 99-63 exhibition win over Pace. Senior James Southerland led all scorers with 18 points while Michael Carter-Williams was close behind with 16 points along with 7 assists and 4 steals.
"It was looking good, especially for the newcomers," says Southerland, "we have the fresh guys like DaJuan (Coleman), who played great today. He did a good job down there in the low post. We have Jerami (Grant), who knows how to play. He's doing a good job on the defensive end. "
"It was good. It was fun," says Carter-Williams, "I had a fun time playing with my teammates. There are definitely things we need to fix. We definitely had too many turnovers, especially between me and Brandon. We just need to have better communication."
C.J. Fair also scored 16 points, while Jamesville-Dewitt freshman Dajuan Coleman dropped 12 points in his Orange debut.
" Overall, we gave everybody a chance to get out on the court and I think it went well ," said SU Head Coach Jim Boeheim after the game, " It was a good first step for us. We will go back and work a couple days in practice."
Orange sophomore guard Trevor Cooney didn't play after recently having his tonsils out. Coach Boeheim expects him to see some action this Sunday when the Orange conclude their exhibition schedule at home to Bloomsburg.