– The Monmouth University men’s basketball fell at No. 4 Syracuse 108-56 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. The Hawks, who were led by Ed Waite
’s 10 points and eight rebounds, and Gary Cox
’s nine points, fall to 5-5 on the year, while the Orange improve to 8-0.
The Hawks, who were outrebounded 63-38, connected on 31.8% from the field, led by Waite's second double-digit outing of the year. Cox added three rebounds and a steal, while Khalil Brown
notched a season-best eight points with two blocks. Dion Nesmith
and Tyrone O'Garro
added five boards each for the Blue and White.
"Obviously, Syracuse is a very good basketball team. Very talented. Very long. Very athletic," stated interim head coach Rick Callahan
, who got his start in the business at Syracuse under coach Boeheim. "They take you out of your half court offense and it is hard to score against them. I think we can take away some positives though. I think we did a good job against their press tonight, and I think we did a good job with shot selection overall. But we had a hard time scoring against their traps."
Syracuse, which pushed the nation's leading home win streak to 28 games, had seven players in double-figures, led by a trio of double-doubles, including Michael Carter-Williams' 15 points and 16 assists. The Orange, who had 30 assists, 14 blocked shots and 12 steals, also got double-doubles from C.J. Fair (14 pts., 10 rebs.) and DaJuan Coleman (11 pts., 14 rebs.).
netted the first five points for the Hawks, as his tip-in gave Monmouth an early 5-4 lead, before the Orange claimed a 10-5 edge following a pair of three-point trips with 15:28 showing. The Hawks answered with a 6-0 spurt, capped by Brown's baseline jumper, to take an 11-10 advantage, while Cox’s break away slam put Monmouth in front 13-12 with 13:08 showing.
SU responded with a 7-0 run to go ahead 19-13, before Jesse Steele
’s three-pointer ignited a 6-0 streak for the Hawks, knotting the score at 19-19 at 10:32.
After Brown’s follow-dunk pulled the Hawks within 24-21 at 9:35, the Orange responded with a 25-4 run over seven minutes of action to take a 49-25 advantage. Steele’s three-pointer made the tally 49-28 with 2:14 remaining, but Syracuse ended the half with the final eight points, including six straight from DaJaun Coleman, to hold a 57-28 lead at the intermission.
Syracuse came out of the locker room with the first 13 points, and inflated it lead to 70-28 before Cox’s baseline jumper made the score 70-30 with 17:20 showing.
The Hawks put together spurts of 5-0, behind Jalen Palm
’s three-pointer and a Max DiLeo
jumper, and 6-0 following baskets from Waite, Nesmith and Stephen Spinella
, but the Orange pushed its lead to as many as 57 points, with 2:55 remaining.
Monmouth returns to action on Wednesday, when the Hawks face the University of Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center at 8:00 p.m.