Syracuse beat South Florida, a bottom-feeder in the Big East, 82-65 Sunday afternoon. That's about what you would expect from this outcome. The Orange didn't play particularly well, but well enough to win easily.
Syracuse took advantage of their size, outscoring the Bulls 50-34 in the paint. Arinze Onuaku hit all five of his field goal attempts and Rick Jackson was seven for 12 for 15 points.
On the defensive end, the zone looked better than it has the past couple games. South Florida couldn't get any penetration and when they kicked it out the Orange closed well on three-point shots. South Florida was reduced to a one-man team in Dominique Jones. He had just six points in the first half but 24 in the second, including the first 14 points in the half. He hit three of six three-pointers whereas the rest of the Bulls missed all 13 of their attempts.
The Orange were up 12 at the half and extended the lead to as much as 21 points before coasting for the final 10-11 minutes. This win doesn't really say anything about Syracuse. They didn't play with much intensity outside of a small run in the first half and another in the second but they did enough to keep the game out of reach and win by a comfortable margin.
They travel to New Brunswick to play the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday. Rutgers is 9-6 and 0-4 in the Big East but can be dangerous if former McDonald's All-American Mike Rosario gets hot.
Game Notes: Andy Rautins didn't commit a turnover for the first time since the third game of the season.
-Wesley Johnson had a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. It was his seventh double-double of the year.