SAN DIEGO — Orange ahoy!
No. 9 Syracuse made a rare nonconference trip out of upstate New York and blew past No. 20 San Diego State 62-49 on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway on a sunny, windy Sunday afternoon.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams also scored 17.
Although there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the conditions were far from ideal. The wind blowing off the Pacific Ocean made it tough for both teams, and it was the taller, bulkier Orange that adjusted the best in the season opener for both.
"This was a tough day," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "This was a hard game. You had to get to the basket. That was the only way you were going to score. You weren't going to make any jump shots."
The Orange effectively put it away when Fair made a jumper for a 17-4 lead with 11:30 to go in the first half. He had nine points at that point.
SDSU had a miserable day, both because of the wind and Syracuse's 2-3 zone. Sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas, one of two 6-foot-9 starters, had five of Syracuse's 10 blocks.
The Aztecs shot 17-of-63 (27 percent) from the field, 1-of-18 (5.6 percent) from 3-point range. From the line, SDSU was 14-of-33 (42.4 percent).
"They started driving our zone, just like we started driving their man-to-man," Boeheim said. "When they got there, we're bigger, so we could make them have a tough shot. That was the whole key to the game.
"It's just like when you play outdoors in the summer. You've got to get to the basket. That's why kids from the city don't shoot jump shots."
In last year's Carrier Classic on the USS Carl Vinson across San Diego Bay from the Midway, Michigan State made just 2 of 20 3-pointers in a 67-55 loss to North Carolina.
Syracuse was 25-of-56 (44.6 percent) from the floor.
NO. 2 L'VILLE 79, MANHATTAN 51: Russ Smith scored 23 and Peyton Siva added 10 points and 10 assists as the host Cardinals won their ninth straight season opener.
NO. 4 OHIO ST. 82, ALBANY (N.Y.) 60: Deshaun Thomas scored 13 of his 19 in a 17-2 run to end the first half, leading the host Buckeyes in their belated season opener. They were supposed to play Friday night against Marquette in Charleston, S.C., aboard the USS Yorktown, but condensation on the court led to that game being canceled.
NO. 11 UNC 80, FAU 56: James Michael McAdoo had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Reggie Bullock added 16 points for the host Tar Heels (2-0), who shot 44 percent from both the field and the free-throw line.
NO. 12 ARIZ. 82, CHARLESTON SO. 73: Mark Lyons, a senior transfer from Xavier, scored 15 of his 17 in the second half of his debut for the host Wildcats in their season opener.
NO. 19 BAYLOR 78, JACKSON ST. 47: Pierre Jackson, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, had 25 points and seven assists for the host Bears (2-0), who never trailed.
NO. 23 WIS. 87, SE LOUISIANA 47: Junior Ben Brust had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Badgers scored the first 19 in their season opener. Also, Wisconsin senior forward Mike Bruesewitz was cleared to play after suffering a deep leg laceration last month that required surgery.
NO. 24 CINCY 80, TENN.-MARTIN 57: Cashmere Wright had 16 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 as the host Bearcats cruised in their season opener.
NO. 1 INDIANA: Forward Noah Vonleh, ESPN's No. 8 senior high school prospect, committed to the Hoosiers for 2013.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Freshman center Laimonas Chatkevicius will miss six games after the NCAA determined he received impermissible benefits before enrolling at the school.