James Southerland scored 18 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 16 points and seven assists, and No. 9 Syracuse beat Division II Pace 99-63 in an exhibition game on Thursday night.
The Orange began with a starting lineup of Carter-Williams, a sophomore, and senior Brandon Triche at guard, sophomore Rakeem Christmas and junior C.J. Fair at forward, and freshman DaJuan Coleman at center. Guard Trevor Cooney, who redshirted as a freshman last season, did not play. He's recovering from a tonsillectomy.
Fair finished with 16 points, backup center Baye Moussa Keita had 14, Triche and Coleman both had 11. Christmas had seven points and five blocks, and freshman Jerami Grant had six points.
Jonathan Merceus had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Pace and David Eismeier had 14, all in the second half.
Coach Jim Boeheim, soon to be 68 and just 10 wins shy of 900, begins his 37th year when the Orange open the season at San Diego State on Nov. 9 before returning home to face Wagner nine da...