Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 3/22/13
Syracuse spread the ball around and found strong play from almost every player in the lineup in its 81-34 win over 13-seed Montana. The win sends the Orange on to face 12-seed California Saturday. MCW had nine assists and Rakeem Christmas put up nine points and four rebounds. CJ Fair came out strong, scoring the first six points for Syracuse. Midway through the second half, Brandon Triche actually had more points than the entire Grizzlies team. Here’s our Fizz 5 takeaways from the victory. Everyone was involved Syracuse got production out of every player. It wasn’t just Fair or James Southerland. This was a team effort and it started with defense. The Orange outrebounded Montana 38-28. Triche led the way offensively and defensively with five steals and 20 points. Even Rak Christmas got in on the action. One of the fears going into the tournament for the Orange was the lack of a strong big man down low to grab rebounds and score. Christmas hasn’t been able to do that consistently but he
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