Syracuse wins amidst turmoil
Syracuse, NY – In the midst of everything, Syracuse continues to win.
James Southerland scored 19 points, Brandon Triche had 12 and the No. 4 Orange rolled to an 84-48 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday.
It was Syracuse's fourth straight win since Bernie Fine was accused two weeks ago of molesting two former ball boys, and first since the longtime assistant coach was fired on Sunday night.
Concerns that Jim Boeheim might also lose his job in the scandal seemed to be lessened earlier Tuesday when the university's chancellor reportedly offered the head coach a vote of confidence.
Kris Joseph added 11 points as the Orange (7-0) put forth another dominating performance after beating Stanford in their closest game of the season, 69-63, on Friday to win the NIT Season Tip-Off.
They trailed 21-18 with eight minutes left in the first half, but Dion Waiters hit a three-pointer to spark a 7-0 run and Syracuse never trailed again.
Darrell Lampley scored 19 points to lead Eastern Michigan (4-3), but the Eagles lost their second in a row.