Syracuse takes care of business at the Dome, 77-58 over St. John’s. Let’s rip off the three biggest takeaways:
James Southerland makes a difference.
Not breaking any new ground here, but the first game Big Game James stepped into he contributed. Southerland finished with 13 points, and stroked back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half. He never lacks for confidence either.
“I feel like I took a lot of pressure off the guys just being in uniform and playing, another impact during the game.”
You have to love that. My teammates were totally stressed out with me not in there. But I’m back, so they can return to just being comfortable. It’s obvious the Orange can make noise in March. Has there ever been a wackier season than this? SU has veterans (Triche, Fair), size (Rak), playmaking (MCW), and coaching. Now you add Southerland’s instant offense, and Syracuse has the parts to keep dancing.
This is the second year in a row an Orange gets suspended, then allowed back by NCAA.