Syracuse took home a nine point win over Iona as they beat them 71-62 to improve to 2-0 Tuesday night. Tyus Battle scored a game-high 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting, grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, and had a block.
After scoring just five points in the first half, Syracuse guard Tyus Battle poured in 23 second-half points, and single-handily prevented Syracuse’ chances of losing to Iona be possible. The performance further proved that the sophomore guard can thrive as Syracuse’ No. 1 scoring option.
Prior to this 28-point explosion at the Carrier Dome, Battle’s previous career best came last year against Virginia, where he scored 23 points, the same amount of points he scored in the second half tonight. He was one of many players to have an incredible performance.
Point guard Frank Howard, who played the entire game, filled out the stat sheet as well. The junior had arguably his best game as a member of the Orange, scoring 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting, dishing out four assists, grabbing three rebounds, two steals, and a block.
The third Orange player that found himself in the double-digits scoring column was Canadian forward Oshae Brissett. In his second college game, Brissett scored 12 points on just nine shots, pulled down three boards, and dished out two assists.
Forwards Paschal Chukwu and Marek Dolezaj combined for 17 rebounds in the win and played phenomenal defense throughout.
On the other end of court, Iona guard Rickey McGill kept things interesting all night thanks to 21 points 6-for-13 shooting, three rebounds, and six assists. Forward TK Edogi was able to have his way with Syracuse’ zone, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Syracuse’s next matchup is against a winless Texas Southern (0-2) on Saturday at the home, and are looking to keep the winning streak alive.