Buffalo, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Third seeded Syracuse never trailed against 14th seeded Western Michigan. Part of the reason was Trevor Cooney. He scored seven of Syracuse's first 15 points and a team-high 18 overall.
It's the type of performance he hasn't had in more than a month.
"My confidence was never down," said Cooney. "I mean I had some games where the ball didn't go in for me, but I made a lot of threes this year and I know I can make threes it was just about coming out and doing it."
"When we're hitting shots we have a lot more weapons than when we're not hitting shots, obviously," said Jerami Grant, who scored 16 points on Thursday. "Definitely it's a key part of our offense and we needed it tonight. Trevor and Tyler came through."
"I think this is the most Trevor has been open in a couple of games," said Tyler Ennis. "As a result he played the way we expect him to play."
"Same guy, you know, same guy," said coach Jim Boeheim. "He's just got to get his looks and take them. I think he's been aggressive, I think he's stayed aggressive the whole time and that's what you have to do if you're a shooter, you have to be aggressive."
Cooney said on Wednesday, this team was 25-0, that's not easy to do, so he said the team was still confident.
The Orange now takes that confidence into Saturday's game against Dayton.