Cooney's confidence helps lead the Orange

By Travis Eldridge

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM EDT

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.