November 13, 2007

Flynn dominates in Orange opener

Syracuse officially got off on the right foot Monday night with a 97-89 victory over Siena in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange tried to put things away early in the first half, but the Saints proved a worthy opponent by clawing back into contention on more than one occasion.

The Orange went on a charge in the second half, sparked by the combination of Paul Harris and Jonny Flynn to eventually put things away.

There were definitely some positives from the season opener, but there will be no shortage of things Jim Boeheim will want to see his team improve.

What went right

The Orange came out scorching the nets. They managed to shoot 72.4 percent from the field in the first half behind double figures from Eric Devendorf (16 points) and Flynn (11 points).

What needs work

The Orange transition defense could have been a little better, especially in the first half. Siena was able to get the ball in transition and hit three point shots from the corner, keeping things close early on.

Turning over the ball was also an issue in the first half. Sloppy ball handling at the top of the key led to easy Siena baskets.

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