Syracuse, NY -- Syracuse players peered into their Saturday performance against a zone defense and witnessed an interesting phenomenon:
They took a lot of 3-point shots.
"That's what people do against us when we play zone," SU coach Jim Boeheim said. "so I guess we're going to do the same thing. It's tough to get it inside. They pack it in and make you shoot it. ... So we gotta take those shots."
The Orange, a team that was taking about 15 shots from the 3-point line each game, attempted 36 in the Carrier Dome vs. Binghamton. In their last three games combined, the Orange men attempted a total of 39 shots from 3-point range.
"That is a lot of 3-pointers," SU guard Michael Gbinije said. "We just had very good ball movement. And a lot of threes we took were uncontested. You gotta take what the defense gives you."
Syracuse shot 13-of-36 from beyond the arc. That's 36 percent. C.J. Fair, Trevor Cooney, Tyler Ennis and Gbinije were a combined 11-of-21.
Orange players said they were tempted by all that free real estate beyond the arc. They considered it practice for future opponents who might attempt that same brand of defense.
"It was good to go against the zone because we might go against it down the line," Fair said. "And the people have to get comfortable stretching the zone, not just Trevor."