17 Sep

MBB : Last time they played: Syracuse vs. Rutgers

first_imgAndy Rautins had another surprising game. He did the things that were asked of him, but he also did more. Twenty-three points – a season high at the time – nine assists and eight rebounds.Syracuse improved to 16-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big East with an 81-65 win over Rutgers on Jan. 13, 2010. Rautins and the Orange played up to their No. 5 ranking with the thrashing. But that didn’t mean Rautins was completely pleased.‘It’s pretty cool,’ Rautins said after the game, ‘but I still had five turnovers, and that bugs me seeing that on there. That kind of takes away from the good play a little bit.’Wes Johnson didn’t think so. Johnson, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds of his own, said Rautins stepped up and made shots to help the team.‘He’s a leader, and we expect stuff like that out of him,’ Johnson said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRautins’ 23 points allowed the Orange to pull away after Rutgers got the score close at 53-45. He hit a jumper to push the lead back to double-digits and found open shooters when he wasn’t hitting shots of his own.Then-Rutgers head coach Fred Hill was impressed by Rautins’ overall play against his squad.‘He really sees the floor well, and he’s a great passer in traffic,’ Hill said.When he wasn’t shooting or passing, Rautins was leading the defense. He had five of the Orange’s 18 steals in SU’s 2-3 zone.The game gave Rautins the validation he was looking for. He thought the performance displayed he was more than just a shooter. He was a complete player.‘I try to tell them time and again I’m not one-dimensional,’ Rautins said. ‘And there it is, I guess.’Although Rautins stole the show for SU, the Orange also got contributions from other members on the team. Guards Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche each had 12 points, and Jardine added six assists.The Orange was able to limit Rutgers star Mike Rosario to 6-of-19 shooting, and when Rosario started hitting shots, Rautins was the one to hit the key baskets for SU.‘If I’m feeling good like that,’ Rautins said, ‘I won’t hesitate to pull up.’Rautins ended up leading the Orange in scoring and assists. He proved he was more than just a shooter.And Rutgers’ Hill could see that at the end of the game after Rautins picked apart the Scarlet Knights throughout the entire contest.‘Andy Rautins is a much better player than shooter,’ Hill said. ‘And you watch him on film, and the one thing I don’t think people give him credit for is he is an outstanding passer.’— Compiled by Rachel Marcus, asst. copy editor, rnmarcus@syr.edu Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more