Syracuse, NY – Syracuse reboots when Orange play Seattle on Saturday.
Joe Girard III, the high scoring newcomer from Glens Falls, earned promotion in only two games
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim announced the unusual change after his team's 70- 54 win against Colgate on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome During his press conference after the game.
The Orange were 9-1
Even though he only scored five points, Girard's presence on the court seemed to boost the offensive, improve the ball's movement, and create openings for his teammates.
"I thought Joe is doing a good job just waiting," Boeheim said, "He did not do much. But I thought he did a good job, especially defensively, he got three steals. I thought he stabilized us a bit.
Girard smiled at a question about his new starting task, but quoted Boeheim in response to his approach not changing.
"I'll just play the way I always do," Girard said. "One of the things that Boeheim has preached lately is that it does not matter when you go into the game or how long you are in the game, all you have to do is cause one of the biggest problems I've had during this
"Every time I'm in the field, I have to do something in some way."
Girard will replace sophomore Jalen Carey, who fought against Virginia and Colgate in Syracuse's games Wednesday Carey scored just one point and missed his two field-goal attempts, as he also shot the ball twice in his over five minutes on two occasions.
Against Colgate, Girard's impact was subtle, showing a consistency with the ball as he tried He captained shooters like Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim or centered Bourama Sidibe in the color, finishing the game with four assists and only 19 minutes of sales.
"He h It's pushed out in the transition and has not gotten too deep in the paint, "said Hughes, SU's most experienced player. "He really likes the ground."
In high school, Girard was known for his chance to hit. For the Glens Falls High School he scored 4,763 points – a New York record. As a junior, he scored an average of 50 points per game and remained as a senior just behind this mark.
He was not considered a prototypical point guard.
But he has proved that this perception was wrong during the two exhibition games of the SU and the two competitions in the regular season.
"In high school, I only considered myself a guard, a player," Girard said. "I used to see people in high school who saw my stats and thought I was just a scorer. But what they did not see was that I also had guys open there. Three guys approached me and I had my cousins wide open. "
Brycen Goodine, Girard's new classmate, also played well in his time, with Goodine scoring two points, making his only shot of the game, and also giving away two assists, with no turnover in 16 minutes.
Girard is the starting point for now, though Boeheim did not just heap praise on him.
"Joe did well to move the ball better, & # 39; Boeheim said," He played OK, but he can play a lot better. "He replied that he intended to win the first two games of the season instead of 1-1.
" Everyone wants to play as much as he can, "Girard said I want to help the team as much as possible, but to act as starting pointkeeper for Syracuse was my dream, but at the same time my job is to help the team keep winning. "
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