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Syracuse beats Holy Cross 72-48

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas had a career-high 25 points, Chris McCullough added 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Syracuse beat Holy Cross 72-48 on Friday night. It was the third straight win for Syracuse (5-1) since a 14-point loss to California at Madison Square Garden and extended the Orange's nonconference home winning streak to 55, second to Duke's 110. Holy Cross (3...
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Young Guns Come Up Big in Win over Holy Cross

It’s getting to the point for Syracuse where Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough are the key cogs in the lineup, no matter who they’re up against. In Syracuse’s win over the Holy Cross Crusaders, Christmas and McCullough again carried the torch at both ends. The senior center finished with a career-high 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, while McCullough finished with 14...
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Pressure’s On: Rakeem Christmas Needs to Avoid Decline as Competition Improves

Rakeem Christmas has been steady, but he cannot decline now. The senior big man for the Orange is averaging 16 points per game. Entering this season, Christmas had not scored more than 15 points in any game of his collegiate career. He is grabbing necessary rebounds, just under 10 per game. This is the type of play Orange Nation has waited for since he came out of high school. Why...
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Syracuse beats Loyola of Maryland 70-37

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas had 18 points and six blocks, freshman Chris McCullough added 17 points, and Syracuse beat Loyola of Maryland 70-37 on Tuesday night. The Orange (4-1), who dropped out of the top 25 for the first time in five years after suffering a 14-point loss to California last Thursday in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, had little trouble with the...
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Syracuse Basketball: Weekend review

Coming into the 2K Classic, I was nervous about the way Syracuse would play and after a third place finish in the tournament, I am a bit disappointed by what I saw in those two games. We will start with the California game first.   Cooney has struggled a bit to start the season, but played well against Iowa. When it came down to it, Cal just outplayed the Orange all over the floor...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

SU’s Three-Point Shooting A Major Issue

Syracuse shot 29% from the field and 20% from three in the team’s 66-63 win over Iowa last night. Luckily, Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough made up for this. The big men went 14/23 from the field combining for 38 points. That’s not going to happen every night. The Orange needs more production from its guards and it starts with the three point shot. It’s one thing to be...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Orange Lean on Christmas to Carry the Offense?

One of the glaring issues coming into this season for Syracuse was who will be able to put points up on the board with the departures of reliable options such as Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair. Many fingers point to senior Rakeem Christmas to step up and produce offensively in the paint. But can the Orange rely on the big man against better competition? The Orange has not had to rely...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Christmas is here early

As I anticipated, Syracuse men’s basketball took care of business on Sunday, November 16, 2014 as they disposed of Hampton 65-47 at the Carrier Dome. Christmas has shined in the first two games for the Orange. This game was a bit closer than the first, but there were quite a few bright spots that make me even more excited for Thursday’s matchup with California. Rakeem Christmas...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 23 Syracuse beats Hampton 65-47

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas had 15 points and 16 rebounds, freshman Chris McCullough added 13 points, and No. 23 Syracuse beat Hampton 65-47 on Sunday in the 2K Classic. Syracuse opened the season Friday night with an 89-42 win over Kennesaw State. The Pirates dropped their opener 90-56 at Iowa. Hampton has four starters back from a team that went 18-13 last year in the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Breakout college hoops players to watch

When the college basketball season begins, the players that fans are most excited to see usually fall into one of two categories: returning stars and promising freshmen. By the end of the season, though, there are always players who emerge that end up doing better than expected. Take a guy like Winston Sheppard, who went from being San Diego State’s eighth-leading scorer two years...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

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