November 28, 2021

College Basketball: White shines in SU tune-up

SYRACUSE — With newcomer Andrew White scoring a game-high 24 points, Syracuse defeated cross-town basketball foe Le Moyne College 97-64 in the team’s second exhibition game played in the Carrier Dome.

White added two steals and a rebound to his resume, while freshman guard Tyus Battle had 17 points, two steals, two rebounds and two assists off the bench on Tuesday.

“I think we’ve got more than enough shooting,” said Orange head coach Jim Boeheim after White — a transfer from Nebraska who also attended Kansas previously — made 6-of-10 shots from 3-point range. “Andrew showed tonight how effective he can be shooting the basketball. He didn’t have a lot of time and he still knocked those shots down.”

John Gillon added 14 points and Frank Howard had 11 for Syracuse, while Tyler Lydon led the Orange in rebounding with 10 boards.

“We made some shots tonight but our defense. particularly in our press, was not good. We let them get into open-shot situations and they’re good shooters and they made them,” added Boeheim, Le Moyne within 45-36 at halftime.

Tanner Hyland had 18 points and C.J. Asuncion-Byrd 15 for Le Moyne, Hyland 6-for-11 shooting treys and Asuncion-Byrd connecting on 4-of-10 shots from 3-point range.

“It’s tough to press a five-guard team. They did a good job of getting up the court and getting some open jump shots in that situation,” noted Boeheim.

A White 3-pointer helped Syracuse get off to an early 11-3 run before a crowd of 8,252. Another White trey with just over five minutes left in the half gave the Orange a 16-point

Though White converted 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc as part of his 19 first half points, the Division II Dolphins canned five baskets from beyond the arc before the half was over, and cut the Orange lead to 45-36 heading into the locker room.

Syracuse started the second half with a 10-2 run to push the lead to 17 points. The Dolphins got no closer than 13 points away in the remainder of the game.

“You want to get something out of these exhibition games and I think we got a lot out of them. We’ve had two really good games that I think will help us,” said Boeheim, as Syracuse defeated Pennsylvania’s Indiana University 83-64 last week.

The Orange return to the Carrier Dome on Friday to open the regular season against Colgate, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

“It’s going to take a while to get to where we where we could like to get to. We’re a long ways from there,” Boeheim said.

“Last year we played just as well in the beginning of the year as we did in the middle of the year or the end of the year. We might have played some of our best basketball in the beginning of the year,” he added. “That’s what happens when you have five or six guys who are playing and nobody else They get better quicker.”

— The Tompkins Cortland men’s basketball team earned its first win Tuesday, a 78-59 victory at Schenectady County Community College. See page 13.