Category Archives: C J Fair

Survive and advance

Based on his 3-5 shooting from deep, including the halftime buzzer-beater (and didn’t the final margin turn out to be three points?!?) I have added CJ Fair to yesterday’s tribute to Syracuse’s outside shooting:

I don’t know if you noticed, but they’re all holding up three fingers.
Not pictured: Michael Carter-Williams, but he played the pivotal role [...]

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

Nothing like a porous Seton Hall defense to restore confidence in your shooting ability. Slump? What slump? How does 56% shooting sound?
Of course, Pitt’s rugged defenders could throw the Orange right back off their rhythm, where they have been for the better part of a month. But maybe — just maybe!! — this game will [...]

When life intervenes

You may have noticed that this space has been silent for the past six weeks. Unfortunately, things have happened which have conspired to rob me of the many hours a week I used to have available to put into this blog. I had a Villanova postgame autopsy all put together in my head but was [...]

So much Cooney (SU beats Cincy)

In Syracuse’s last-minute, grinding win over Cincinnati on Monday, Jim Boeheim went with a three-guard lineup for a long, long stretch of the game. He ran it for the final two minutes of the first half, and then from the 16:30 mark of the 2nd half until around the 9:00 mark. Here, finally, SU felt [...]

The Kids Are Alright

If you told me that Triche and MCW combined to shoot 4-20 from the floor, James Southerland didn’t play, and SU got outrebounded by 6 while scoring only 6 fast-break points and shooting under 30% from distance, I’d say there was no way this team won that game. But that’s because until now we didn’t [...]

Did Syracuse really just win a game at the free throw line?

I saw it with my eyes and still don’t believe it. What’s next, the government minting a trillion-dollar coin?
(Oh.)
I’ll take the road win, and I’ll take the strong interior play of Fair and Christmas which is what really carried the day. Those guys stepped up when they really needed to. CJ, nicely done as usual; [...]

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye

But nobody lost an eye tonight, therefore it was indeed all fun and games.
Credit to Monmouth for coming out strong early and keeping the game close, giving SU a few haymakers of their own to start with. They are quick and looked well-prepared to handle the press (most of the time) and were not afraid [...]

The 49ers

In the second half of Monday’s game against Eastern Michigan, Syracuse rode their full court press to a whopping 49 points. Tonight, in came the 49ers of Long Beach State. And in the first half, SU once again poured in 49 points, this time on the strength of a welcome barrage of three-pointers and 50% [...]

40 minutes of James

Before moving on to tonight’s epic clash with the Eastern Michigan Fighting DaShonte’s, it’s worth looking back at Friday’s True Road Game, where the Orange came away with another Road Win:

(And yes, I say “another” because I am counting the aircraft carrier game as a road game. Anytime you travel 2700 miles to the game [...]

It’s good to get home once in a while

Last night I returned to my roots, to the land of my forefathers, to the hallowed ground upon which my dreams have been built for nigh upon three decades. I refer, of course, to the Carrier Dome. I was at the Princeton game last night, along with two other Cuse Country authors and some assorted [...]