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December 4, 2012

No. 4 Syracuse cruises past Eastern Michigan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists, freshman Jerami Grant had a season-high 11 points and two blocks, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Eastern Michigan 84-48 on Monday night.

Syracuse (6-0) has won 48 straight nonconference games and boosted its home winning streak to 26 games.

Eastern Michigan (5-2) and the Orange had met just twice before, the last time also an 84-48 Syracuse victory a year ago in the Carrier Dome. EMU coach Rob Murphy spent seven seasons as an assistant coach under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse before taking the job with the Eagles two years ago.

Carter-Williams, who led the nation in assists at 9.2 per game, had an erratic first half and finished with six of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers. Eastern Michigan had 24 turnovers and was outscored 31-9 on the miscues.

Freshman Dajuan Coleman had a season-high 14 points and Brandon Triche finished with 12 for the Orange. James Southerland, who had a career-high 35 points and matched a school record with nine 3-pointers in Friday night’s win at Arkansas, finished with four points.

Trevor Cooney, mired in an awful slump — he was 0 for 11 in the three previous games — missed his first five from beyond the arc against the Eagles before finally making one with 8:09 left. Still, he finished with a season-high 11 points.

Derek Thompson led Eastern Michigan with 18 points and Glenn Bryant had 16. Da’Shonte Riley, a 7-foot center who transferred from Syracuse to EMU after spending two seasons with the Orange, had a not-so-memorable homecoming in a game he was anticipating, finishing with three points on 1-of-8 shooting but collecting six blocks, one off his career high.

Defensively, the Eagles were holding opponents to 36.3 percent shooting, tied for 27th in the country, and the Orange had trouble coping at the outset.

Syracuse missed 10 of its first 12 shots, including three lobs, and committed five turnovers in the opening minutes. Fortunately for the Orange, the Eagles weren’t much better, going 4 of 11 and losing the ball five times.

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