Syracuse shares wealth in season-opening 97-63 blowout over Lafayette

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Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse players took turns going on hot streaks with one following another with a flurry of points in a 97-63 victory over Lafayette on Tuesday at the Carrier Dome.

In the season-opener for both teams, Syracuse took control early and was never really challenged.

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Jimmy Boeheim, the oldest of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s sons, made his Syracuse debut and wasted no time in making his presence felt.

Jimmy Boeheim scored the Orange’s first eight points. He scored on a drive to the basket, a mid-range jumper, a fastbreak layup and a lay-in off a steal.

A few minutes later, Jimmy Boeheim drilled a 3-pointer off a pass from younger brother, Buddy, giving him 11 points in the game’s first seven minutes. His early hot streak pushed Syracuse out to a 17-7 lead.

Jimmy Boeheim finally missed a shot, drawing iron on a 3-pointer. He finished the game with 18 points on 8-for-9 field goal shooting.

Once Jimmy Boeheim cooled off, his younger brother took over.

Buddy Boeheim scored 11 points in an eight-minute span. Syracuse extended its lead to as many as 29 points in the first half, taking a 43-14 lead on Buddy Boeheim’s bank plus a free throw.

He picked his spots after that outburst, finishing the game with 18 points and six assists.

Even with the Boeheim brothers combining for 36 points, Syracuse’s leading scorer was Joe Girard. The junior guard scored 20 points, the most he’s had scored since going for 23 against Miami on Jan. 19 of last season.

Girard went 6-for-9 from the field and made all five of his 3-point attempts. The junior guard also dished out seven assists.

The Orange wound up with a 52-30 halftime lead thanks to 50% (18-for-36) field goal shooting.

Girard led the way, connecting on all four of his 3-point attempts and going into halftime with 15 first-half points.

For the game, the Orange made half of its 3-pointers, taking 26 from long range and making 13. The 97 points were the most in a regulation game for Syracuse since the Orange’s 101-63 win at Boston College on Dec. 12, 2020.

In his first career start, Jesse Edwards, Syracuse’s junior center, blocked a career-high three shots and scored a career-high 11 points. His previous career-high of 10 points came against Bucknell in the 2019-20 season.

Syracuse limited Lafayette to just 11-for-30 (36%) field goal shooting in the first half. The Leopards missed 14 of their first 17 shots from 3-point range.

Cole Swider struggled to start in his Syracuse debut. The 6-foot-9 transfer from Villanova went 1-for-6 from the field in the first half and had just three points at the break.

But Swider got going in the second half and finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Syracuse (1-0) will next face Drexel on Sunday at the Carrier Dome. Game time is 5 p.m.

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