Girard Installed As SU Starting Point Guard
Syracuse basketball has a new starting point guard. Following the Orange's 70-54 win over Colgate, head coach Jim Boeheim declared Jalen Carey will head to the bench and in will step Joseph Girard when Syracuse takes the floor against Seattle in a few days.
"Joe will be starting on Saturday," Boeheim said.
And with that, an abrupt end, at least for now, to Jalen Carey as the lead guard of the Orange. Could he earn that job back? In theory, yes. However, generally in situations like this, the benched individual does not come back to retake that starting gig. And there is no doubting how much better the team played when Girard came into the game. There was more movement offensively and shooters were finally able to get open looks.
Carey started the game and played the first 5:28. Syracuse trailed 6-1 and could not get anything going offensively going 0-8 from the floor. Carey also had two turnovers during that stretch. Girard was inserted into the game, and over the next five minutes, Syracuse scored 16 points on 7-9 shooting. Syracuse went from trailing by five to up two.
Girard came out of the locker room as the starter for the second half, and the Orange responded with a decisive 15-3 run right out of the gate. That extended Syracuse's lead to 18 points. Colgate never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.