#42 Ron Payton
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6'6" 205 lbs Forward
HS: Hun School Trenton, NJ
Born:  
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1978-79 Fr F
18
0
36
71
50.7%
26
39
66.7%
7
39
-
-
-
-
-
98
5.4
0.4
2.1
1979-80 So F
28
11
66
110
60.0%
21
38
55.3%
23
60
-
-
-
-
-
153
5.4
0.8
2.8
1980-81 Jr F 22 8 30 61 49.2% 28 45 62.2% 12 52 40 - - - - 88 4.0 0.6 2.4
1981-82 Sr F 29 15 111 201 55.2% 89 129 69.0% 16 137 - - - - - 311 10.7 0.5 4.7
Career    
97
34
243
443
54.9%
164
251
65.3%
58
288
650
6.7
0.6
3.0

Ron Payton was a valuable reserve forward for Syracuse for four seasons. Payton was a muscular forward capable of giving the Orangemen valuable minutes off the bench, providing solid rebounding and quick passes.

Payton saw limited minutes his freshman season on a talented team; however he still managed to score over five points a game. He and classmate Rick Harmon were disappointed with their playing time, and quit the team for a week following Christmat break. However, both would return to the theam. As a sophomore Payton began the season at small forward. However, he suffered a knee injury mid season which hampered his play, and freshman Erich Santifer started over him. By time Payton recovered, he had lost the position permanently to Santifer.

Payton would see less playing time his junior season. His senior season, he would be one of the most productive sixth men that the Orangemen have had, scoring nearly 11 points a game, with 4.7 rebounds per game. The Orangemen were running a fast past offense, and Payton was needed frequently to help the starting unit get some rest. He would start fifteen games that year replacing injured Tony Bruin for five games and Leo Rautins for nine. He would score a career high 26 points in a win over Seton Hall that year.


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