Syracuse blows by Ark. Pine Bluff
Alexander leads the Orange with a double-double
Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse (12-1) matched its program-best start with a 91-56 victory against Arkansas Pine Bluff (0-11) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The Orange improved to 12-1 on the season with the win for the fourth time in program history and the third time under head coach Quentin Hillsman.
Three Orange tallied a double-double in the contest, led by sophomore center Kayla Alexander who had a game-best 21 points with 14 rebounds. It marked the fourth-consecutive 20-point game for the Milton, Ontario native. Sophomore forward Elashier Hall was second on the team with 18 points and 14 rebounds while junior forward Iasia Hemingway rounded out the group, pairing 14 points with 11 rebounds.
Syracuse won the rebounding battle, 61-24, while controlling the paint, 58-16, and holding a 30-6 advantage in second-chance points. Sophomore forward Carmen Tyson-Thomas rounded out the double-digit scorers, logging 11 points and eight rebounds while senior guard Erica Morrow directed the offense with seven assists.
Syracuse came on strong, scoring 18 unanswered to open the game while holding Arkansas Pine Bluff without a field goal for the first 5:30. Hemingway propelled the run with seven points while Alexander added five.
The Orange continued to outpace the Golden Lions through the remainder of the first half, building its lead to 24 to head into the break with a 46-22 advantage.
Leading 61-34 with 11:38 remaining in regulation, SU used an 18-2 run to bump its lead to 43, 79-36, with eight minutes left on the clock. Alexander had six points in the scoring spurt while Tyson-Thomas added five.
Syracuse maintained its buffer through the end of regulation, cruising to a 91-56 win.