Syracuse overcomes slow start to overpower Colgate
SYRACUSE — Bourama Sidibe recorded his third career double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, Elijah Hughes added 17 points and eight assists, and Syracuse overcame an ice-cold start to defeat Colgate 70-54 on Wednesday.
Buddy Boeheim chipped in 17 points and six rebounds for the Orange.
The win marked the 54th consecutive win for Syracuse (1-1) against Colgate (1-2) The Raiders’ last win over Syracuse took place Feb. 24, 1962.
Jordan Burns led Colgate with 12 points. Kelly Cummings added 10. Rapolas Ivanauskas had nine rebounds, but shot just 2-for-10.
Syracuse held Colgate to 30% shooting from the field, including 13 of 41 from 3. Colgate shot just 28% in the second half, including a 3 of 19 start. The Orange dominated inside, outscoring Colgate 34-8 in the paint.
The Orange hit 50% from the field 7 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Syracuse, which began its season opener against Virginia going 1 of 13, missed its first eight shots against the Raiders. Sidibe put the Orange on the board with a layup at 13:52 to break the field-goal drought. Colgate had taken a 9-1 lead on three 3-pointers but managed just 6 of 21 from downtown in the first half. The Orange settled in and took a 31-25 lead into the break, led by Sidibe’s eight points and eight rebounds and Boeheim’s 10 points and six boards.
No. 18 Ohio State 76, No. 10 Villanova 51
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Duane Washington Jr. had 14 points and four other players scored in double figures as No. 18 Ohio State started hot and ran over No. 10 Villanova 76-51 on Wednesday night.
Washington opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers to set the tone as the Buckeyes moved to 3-0 with a significant early-season victory.
D.J. Carton and Luther Muhammad each had 11 points, and CJ Walker and Kaleb Wesson added 10 apiece.
Jermaine Samuels had 14 points and Cole Swider had 11 for the Wildcats (1-1), who shot poorly out of the gate and managed just 30.6% for the game. They were held to a dozen points in the first 16 minutes.
The Buckeyes came out firing, bolted to a 19-3 lead, led by as many as 27 and held a 40-22 advantage at the intermission of this Gavitt Tipoff Game, a November series that matches up the Big Ten and the Big East.
Villanova was stunned by the Buckeyes’ start and didn’t show signs of life until a 9-0 run late in the first half. Kyle Young started the second half with a dunk and the Buckeyes never backed off the gas, leading by as many as 30.