SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Syracuse showed a glimpse of how good it could be.
Terence Roberts scored a season-high 12 points and fellow freshman Louie McCroskey made his debut as the 21st-ranked Orangemen cruised to a 75-54 rout over Binghamton.
Roberts made 5-of-6 shots in his best game of the young season for defending national champion Syracuse (3-1), which has had trouble in the early going, adjusting without Carmelo Anthony. Roberts is part of a freshman class that was supposed to help fill the void.
"I went out and had fun," Roberts said. "I rebounded well. I just took my time."
The impact of that class was held up, since McCroskey was held out for the first two exhibitions and three regular-season contests due to academic issues. He finally was cleared last week and scored five points in his first action despite missing considerable practice time.
"I felt really good for the first time out, I think I did very well," McCroskey said. "I don't think I'm way behind at all. I just need to get some game experience."
Syracuse (3-1) shot 54 percent (18-of-33) in building a 40-29 halftime cushion. Roberts scored nine points before the break.
Binghamton (3-5) actually held a 16-14 lead near the midway point of the first half before Syracuse used a 19-4 run to build a 33-20 advantage. Roberts did all of his first-half scoring in the spurt, including three baskets inside.
"Terrence gave us a big lift right away," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "Louie understands how to play and gives us another guy who can make a shot."
Two more freshmen saw action for Syracuse as Darrel Watkins had five points and four rebounds in seven minutes and Demetris Nichols added four points in 12 minutes. Roberts headlined the group despite playing only 14 minutes.
"I think we did very well tonight," Roberts said. "We took coach's challenge to heart. He said we have three weeks now and we have to step it up."
Binghamton did a solid job of shadowing Syracuse star Gerry McNamara, but little else. McNamara finished with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting.
"We worked hard to deny McNamara easy looks," Bearcats coach Al Walker said. "We did a good job for 30 minutes."
Still, it was a better effort for the Bearcats after last year's 103-56 loss here. Anthony collected 24 points and 11 rebounds in that one.