Orange host Huskies at Carrier Dome
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – The 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange will try to
continue their winning ways tonight, as they host the Northeastern Huskies in
non-conference action from the Carrier Dome.
The Orange opened its 2006-07 campaign by hosting the BCA Invitation, and as
expected, won the tournament with three straight wins. The team began things
with a pair of easy victories over St. Francis-NY (83-51) and Penn
(78-60) before defeating a pesky UTEP club (83-69) in the finale on Sunday.
Syracuse is in the midst of a five-game homestand that will conclude against
Charlotte one a week from today.
As for Northeastern, it has yet to play a game and is coming off a solid
2005-06 campaign, finishing 19-11 overall. However, head coach Ron Everhart
left for Duquesne following the season and he left behind a team that will
need to completely rebuild under new head coach Bill Coen.
The Huskies and Orange have met on four previous occasions, with Syracuse
coming out victorious each time.
Not only did Northeastern lose its coach, but more importantly the Huskies
lost their top three scorers, including Jose Juan Barea, who was the CAA
Player of the Year last season. Bobby Kelly looks to be the best offensive
option for the Huskies this year after averaging 8.6 ppg in 2005-06. Adrian
Martinez (5.3 ppg) will most likely team up with Kelly in the backcourt, but
expect freshman Baptiste Bataille to find himself in the mix as well. The only
solid player in the frontcourt for the Huskies is Bennett Davis, who started
26 games last season and averaged 6.8 ppg.
After three games, the Orange is averaging a healthy 81.3 ppg thanks to 47.4
percent shooting from the field. The team has also done a solid job pulling
down 44.3 rpg, in addition to forcing 19.3 turnovers per tilt. Eric Devendorf
currently leads the club with 16.0 ppg, and he is also dishing out 4.3 apg.
Demetris Nichols ranks second with 13.0 ppg, while Terrence Roberts is tops
with 11.0 rpg. In SU’s last game, Devendorf turned in a solid effort that saw
him produce 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 14-point win over
UTEP. Nichols chipped in with 12 points for Syracuse, which made 43.6 percent
of its total shots. The team also converted 30-of-41 free-throw attempts, in
addition to winning the battle on the boards, 51-42.