|Orange win preseason opener|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 03 November 2008 16:23|
By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -Jonny Flynn had 13 points and six assists, Arinze Onuaku added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Syracuse beat Cal State-Los Angeles 77-56 in an exhibition game Monday night.
The Orange welcomed back guards Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf, who recovered from knee injuries. Rautins tore a knee ligament before the 2007-08 season and never played while Devendorf incurred the same injury 10 games into the season as the Orange lost their two best outside threats and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.
With the two back in the lineup, Syracuse excelled from the perimeter against the Division II Golden Eagles, going 9-of-21. Rautins was 2-for-5 from beyond the arc for six points while Devendorf, still wearing a brace on his left knee, had five points and seven assists in 25 minutes.
o split time with Onuaku at center, had six points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Mookie Jones added eight points.
Chris Fields had 14 points to lead Cal State, while Chris Mark finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds and Dwayne Jones had 12 points.
Syracuse led most of the first half but never by more than six points as coach Jim Boeheim rotated nine players, a luxury he didn't have last season because of the injuries.
The Orange started the second half with a 12-1 run to break the game open as the Golden Eagles missed their first eight shots. Harris started it with a 3 and Onuaku ended it with a resounding two-hand dunk to give Syracuse a 46-31 lead at 16:31.
The Golden Eagles, who played an exhibition game here two years ago, are coached by former Syracuse star Stephen Thompson, who played 144 games from 1987-90, still a school record.