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Syracuse cruises to 105-57 win over Eastern Michigan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has made a habit of feasting on lesser opponents this season. That trend continued Monday night, so it was difficult to gauge just where Jim Boeheim's team is with just two games to go before the start of ACC play.

''We made some shots tonight. We're still making some mistakes we want to eliminate,'' Boeheim said.

Eight Orange players scored in double figures and Syracuse cruised to a 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Syracuse (7-4) shot 59 percent from the field, including a season-high 15-of-28 from beyond the arc. The Orange had 34 assists on its 37 baskets and assisted on all 19 field goals in the first half. Frank Howard had 10 points and 11 assists. Backcourt mate John Gillon had 14 points and nine assists.

Tyus Battled had 18 points to lead the Orange, Andrew White III scored 14, and Dajuan Coleman added 12. Taurean Thompson had 11, and Tyler Roberson had 10.

Tyler Lydon had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in the first 16 minutes before leaving the game with a strained Achilles. Boeheim said he didn't know if Lydon would be available Wednesday against St. John's.

''We don't have any more leeway to lose so we're just going to approach it with that mentality. This is just one game in the right direction. No disrespect to that team but these haven't necessarily been the games that have determined what we'll be as a team,'' White said. ''We're 7-4. It's not where we wanted to be.''

White was brutally honest when asked if his team was ready for ACC play, which starts New Year's Day.

''Today we're not because our record doesn't show anything that would determine us to be a good team in the ACC right now, so luckily we have two games to get ready. We have a lot of work to do but we can be ready by ACC play if we choose to.''

Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy was a bit more impressed.

''This was a huge step for them, losing four out of their last six, and then to win a game like this builds confidence. Syracuse is going to be a good basketball team moving forward.''

Quaran Jones led the Eagles (6-5) with 12 points. Jordan Nobles had 11 and 10 rebounds for his first-career double-double, while Willie Magnum IV scored 10.

The Orange raced to a 52-24 halftime lead on 19-of-32 shooting from the field, including eight 3-pointers.

Syracuse freshmen Thompson and Battle came off the bench and combined for 21 first-half points.

Eastern Michigan, which entered the game shooting 47 percent from the field and averaging 84.8 points a game, shot 35 percent.

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Michigan was sloppy Monday, committing a season-high 20 turnovers, many of which were unforced.

Syracuse continued its pattern of beating up on lesser opponents.

TIP INS

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles three leading scorers were held below their season averages. Willie Mangum IV (17.5) had 10; Ray Lee (17.4) scored just two; James Thompson IV (15.6) managed four.Head coach Rob Murphy spent seven seasons as an assistant under Jim Boeheim.Entering Monday's game the Eagles were fifth in the country with 117 steals, and second in steals per game at 12.6.

Syracuse: Tyus Battle hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.Andrew White was 4 of 8 from behind the arc.White has scored in double figures in all of Syracuse's games.Taurean Thompson had five assists, several of the no-look variety. Frank Howard leads the ACC in assists.

UP NEXT

Eastern Michigan hosts Marygrove College Thursday.

Syracuse hosts former Big East rival St. John's Wednesday.

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Key Players
J. Thompson IV
T. Lydon
31.7 Min. Per Game 31.7
11.8 Pts. Per Game 11.8
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
52.4 Field Goal % 47.9
100.0 Three Point % 42.5
77.3 Free Throw % 71.9
+ 2 Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye made layup, assist by Ky Feldman 2.0
  Bad pass turnover on Willie Mangum IV 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Jalen Brown 19.0
  Ky Feldman missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Mike Sutton 34.0
  Willie Mangum IV missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Lost ball turnover on Shaun Belbey 37.0
+ 2 Willie Mangum IV made jump shot 52.0
  Offensive rebound by Willie Mangum IV 1:18
  Willie Mangum IV missed jump shot 1:20
+ 2 Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye made layup, assist by Shaun Belbey 1:31
Team Stats
Points 57 105
Field Goals 23-66 (34.8%) 37-63 (58.7%)
3-Pointers 5-26 (19.2%) 15-28 (53.6%)
Free Throws 6-12 (50.0%) 16-25 (64.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 45
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 18 29
Team 6 7
Assists 11 34
Steals 9 15
Blocks 1 8
Turnovers 20 17
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo E. Michigan 6-5 243357
home team logo Syracuse 7-4 5253105
Team Stats
away team logo E. Michigan 6-5 70.3 PPG 40.4 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo Syracuse 7-4 71.8 PPG 42.3 RPG 12.7 APG
Key Players
00
Q. Jones F PPG RPG APG FG%
25
T. Battle G 18.2 PPG 3.1 RPG 1.9 APG 45.7 FG%
Top Scorers
Q. Jones F 12 PTS 0 REB 0 AST
T. Battle G 18 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
34.8 FG% 58.7
19.2 3PT FG% 53.6
50.0 FT% 64.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Mangum IV 10 5 3 4/20 2/13 0/0 2 36 2 0 4 1 4
T. Bond 8 2 3 3/7 2/4 0/1 3 30 2 1 1 1 1
J. Thompson IV 4 6 2 0/5 0/0 4/4 1 20 1 0 5 2 4
B. Steele 4 1 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 18 1 0 0 1 0
R. Lee 2 1 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 13 2 0 5 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Mangum IV 10 5 3 4/20 2/13 0/0 2 36 2 0 4 1 4
T. Bond 8 2 3 3/7 2/4 0/1 3 30 2 1 1 1 1
J. Thompson IV 4 6 2 0/5 0/0 4/4 1 20 1 0 5 2 4
B. Steele 4 1 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 18 1 0 0 1 0
R. Lee 2 1 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 13 2 0 5 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Jones 12 0 0 5/7 0/0 2/5 5 13 0 0 1 0 0
J. Nobles 11 10 2 5/11 1/5 0/2 3 37 1 0 3 3 7
N. Madray 6 1 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
B. Brown 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
L. Wofford-Humphrey 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. Brown 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1
T. Toney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Minnie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 27 11 23/66 5/26 6/12 20 200 9 1 20 9 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gillon 14 3 9 4/9 3/7 3/3 0 31 5 0 1 1 2
A. White III 14 3 0 5/10 4/8 0/0 0 30 3 0 1 1 2
D. Coleman 12 4 0 5/8 0/0 2/3 3 16 0 2 2 1 3
T. Lydon 12 6 4 4/7 2/2 2/2 1 16 1 1 2 1 5
F. Howard 10 4 11 3/5 1/2 3/4 4 29 2 1 4 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gillon 14 3 9 4/9 3/7 3/3 0 31 5 0 1 1 2
A. White III 14 3 0 5/10 4/8 0/0 0 30 3 0 1 1 2
D. Coleman 12 4 0 5/8 0/0 2/3 3 16 0 2 2 1 3
T. Lydon 12 6 4 4/7 2/2 2/2 1 16 1 1 2 1 5
F. Howard 10 4 11 3/5 1/2 3/4 4 29 2 1 4 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 18 2 1 5/9 4/7 4/4 1 23 1 0 1 0 2
T. Thompson 11 7 5 5/6 1/1 0/2 3 20 2 3 2 0 7
T. Roberson 10 8 2 4/6 0/0 2/7 2 25 0 1 3 3 5
D. Akintobi-Adeyeye 4 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Sutton 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
A. Autry 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
S. Belbey 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
K. Feldman 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
P. Chukwu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Radner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dourdas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Moyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 38 34 37/63 15/28 16/25 14 200 15 8 17 9 29