SU Sports Recap: Friday, November 20th-Friday, November 27th

Rutgers QB Tom Savage was under havoc all day, as the Syracuse Defense collected 9 sacks and 2 interceptions in the 31-13 win.

Football

Rutgers: 13      Syracuse: 31

In the Orange’s (4-7, 1-5) last home football game of the season, they did not disappoint the fans, as we saw perhaps their best performance of the season. On senior day, they absolutely took it to the #25 Scarlet Knights (8-3, 3-3). The offense and defense both played spectacular, holding Rutgers to 13 points and winning the time of possession battle, 40:01 to 19:59. Not to mention, outgaining Rutgers 424 yards to 130 yards.

In Greg Paulus’ second collegiate senior day, he threw for 142 yards on 13-16 passing and one touchdown. Fellow senior Delone Carter ran for 67 yards on 22 touches with one touchdown. Fortunately for Syracuse, they didn’t need Carter to be the work-horse on this day, as Antwon Bailey and Averin Collier both made major contributions. Bailey opened up the scoring with a 14 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He finished the day with 77 yards on 16 carries. Collier also provided a spark for the Orange, as his 60 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put Syracuse up 31 to 13 with 4:44 remaining in the game.

The defense also had the Carrier Dome crowd of more than 36,000 rockin’, as they sacked freshman quarterback Tom Savage nine times. Junior safety Michael Holmes also had two interceptions. Oh yeah, and the defense did it without defensive stars Arthur Jones and Derrell Smith.

Syracuse takes on Connecticut (5-5, 1-4) at Rentschler Field Saturday at 12 pm. This game will be particularly tough because UConn will be fighting to earn a bowl berth. Let’s hope the Orange can overcome this to end their season with consecutive wins.

Men’s Basketball

Syracuse: 87   North Carolina: 71

Syracuse: 88  Cornell: 73

Syracuse: 85   Columbia: 60

In the 2K Sports Coaches versus Cancer Classic Final, Syracuse (4-0) absolutely dominated the defending Champion Tar Heels (4-1). The Orange opened the second half on a 22-1 run and never looked back. Tournament MVP Wesley Johnson led the way with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Andy Rautins stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 steals. Overall, the Orange’s physical inside presence was too much for the Tar Heels. A big part of that was senior forward Arinze Onuaku, who scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Following their big win at Madison Square Garden, the Orange went from #24 in the Coaches poll to #9. Then, they played host to two Ivy League Schools. First, the Orange (5-0) defeated Cornell (2-2) by 15 home at the Carrier Dome. Freshman point guard Brandon Triche scored 21 and fellow guard Andy Rautins added 18 points.

On Black Friday, Syracuse (6-0) took care of Columbia (2-2) 85-60. Standout Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, and forward Rick Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Next up for the Orange (6-0, 0-0) is Colgate (0-4) in the Carrier Dome at 7 pm on Monday.

Women’s Basketball

Syracuse: 87   Binghamton: 74

Syracuse: 65   Old Dominion: 32

Syracuse: 80  Butler: 64

The Syracuse women improved to 4-0 following a victory against Binghamton (0-2). Nicole Michael went off for 36 points and 17 rebounds, while Erica Morrow added 14 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds.

To move to 5-0, Syracuse took it to Old Dominion (0-4). Nicole Michael scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Erica Morrow scored 16 points and had 5 steals. Also contributing to the blowout was Vionca Murray, as she scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Following Friday’s victory over Butler (2-2), Syracuse moved to 6-0 on the young season. Leading the way was Erica Morrow who scored 29 points in the victory over the Bulldogs. Nicole Michael added 18 points and Kayla Alexander scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

This Wednesday, Syracuse plays Wagner College in the Carrier Dome at 7 pm.

Cross Country

This past Monday, the Men’s Cross Country team finished 14th (highest finish since 1959) in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Tito Medrano was the lone All-American, and the school’s first in nearly 30 years. The Women’s team finished 18th with Katie Hursey running to a team-best 80th place finish.

Women’s Volleyball

The Women’s Volleyball team’s (21-11, 9-5) season came to an end last Friday against the Louisville Cardinals as they dropped three consecutive sets.

Women’s Ice Hockey

The Syracuse Ice Hockey team (6-6-1, 3-1-0) won consecutive games over Robert Morris this past week. Syracuse won the first matchup last Friday 4-0, and Saturday’s game 4 goals to 2. The winning streak came to a close this past Tuesday, however, as Colgate won 5-4. This Saturday and Sunday, Syracuse hits the ice against Union College at Tennity Ice Pavilion.

Swimming and Diving

Next up for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams after opening their season at the Syracuse Invitational on October 16-17, is the Bucknell Open in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The event takes place from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6.

-Jon Harris

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