MBB rewind: Season opener edition

News and notes from Syracuse University's strong victory against Fordham, 78-53.

Fred Imbert with the recap of No. 5 Syracuse University's season opener victory against Fordham, 78-53. 

Syracuse’s zone, which can be susceptible to the long ball, was particularly effective against Fordham. The Rams made only 4-19 three-pointers. 

Brandon Triche struggled from the field, shooting only 3-10, but he still hit the glass hard. Triche led the team with 7 rebounds, including 5 offensive boards, in only 16 minutes.

Sophomore Dion Waiters was in Jim Boeheim’s doghouse last season thanks in part to his poor decision-making and quick trigger. In the opener though, Waiters was efficient from the field, 6-9, and had zero turnovers.

The Orange’s length was intimidating inside. Syracuse blocked seven shots, led by Fab Melo, who totaled four rejections.

Much has been discussed of Syracuse’s depth this season. Versus Fordham, 10 players logged at least nine minutes.

Syracuse shot 47 percent from the field, 30-64. There doesn’t seem to be much dust on the cobwebs heading into the season.

The Orange host Manhattan Monday in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. The Jaspers took the Orange to overtime the last time they visited the Dome, 2005, but could not pull off the upset, losing 87-82. Watch out for junior guard George Beamon. He scored 15 points and recorded 10 rebounds in the team's season opener against the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  

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