November 26, 2007

Garden experience will prove profitable

The Orange didn't leave Madison Square Garden as the pre-season NIT champions, but they can take some consolation in the fact that they didn't finish last.

Syracuse beat Washington Friday afternoon, 91-85, to bounce back from a 79-65 defeat at the hands of Ohio State on Wednesday night. The Orange finally revealed their inexperience in losing their first game to the Buckeyes but they displayed some resilience in beating the Huskies.

With such a young team, fans learn something new every time they watch the Orange play.

What did we find out about Syracuse at the Garden?

Jonny Flynn is human

After breaking the school's freshman scoring record in his first game, and then hitting a game-winning 3-pointer the next night, Orange point guard Jonny Flynn appeared as if he might be flawless.

Orange fans saw that Flynn, like most freshmen, has some learning yet to do as he struggled against a more talented and experienced opponent in the Buckeyes.

In 23 minutes on the floor, Flynn had more turnovers than assists for the first time in his Syracuse career. He turned the ball over three times and recorded only two assists.

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