PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jonny Flynn didn’t change directions on his way to the basket. By doing so, he changed the direction of the game.
Flynn’s emphatic second-half slam over Rutgers guard Michael Rosario awoke Syracuse (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) from its lethargy as the Orange defeated Rutgers, 82-66. Flynn finished with 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and zero turnovers, playing all 40 minutes.
“That was a play that got us excited,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He was really good tonight.”
Syracuse (16-1, 4-0 Big East) fell behind 27-20 with 9:03 left in the first half as Rutgers (9-8, 0-4) found the soft spots in the Syracuse zone. The Scarlet Knights shot 50 percent in the first half, with Rosario leading the way on 5-of-11 shooting from the field.
“In the first half we didn’t rebound,” Boeheim said. “Rosario, (Corey) Chandler, and (Anthony) Farmer can all shoot it.”