Jan 24, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket defended by Boston College Eagles guard Ky Bowman (0) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports  (Mark Konezny)
Jan 24, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket defended by Boston College Eagles guard Ky Bowman (0) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

The largest home crowd of the season is expected for Syracuse when it hosts No. 2 Virginia on Saturday.

The fans will likely not be entertained by an up-tempo, high-scoring, fast-break show. Defense will be theme when the Cavaliers (21-1, 10-0 ACC) play the Orange (15-7, 4-5) in front of an expected crowd of more than 26,000 at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse's top home attendance this season is 24,304 against Notre Dame.

Virginia has the best defensive team in the nation, allowing only 52.7 points per game.

Syracuse is known for its active 2-3 zone defense under coach Jim Boeheim. The Orange rank No. 10 nationally, allowing 62.8 points per game.

In the first meeting on Jan. 9 in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia won 69-61. The Cavaliers shot only 38.3 percent from the field and Syracuse made 37.7 percent.

The Orange made 28.6 percent of its 3-point shots and the Cavaliers shot just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. << Read more

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Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) fumbles the ball that would be overturned to down prior to the fumble as Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Julian Love (27) defends during the second quarter during the second quarter at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) fumbles the ball that would be overturned to down prior to the fumble as Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Julian Love (27) defends during the second quarter during the second quarter at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

NEW YORK (AP) Ian Book returned to the starting lineup for No. 3 Notre Dame and threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish routed No. 12 Syracuse 36-3 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday to stay on target for a trip to the College Football Playoff.

The Fighting Irish held out Book from last week's home game against Florida State with a rib injury, and he wasn't missed as Notre Dame (11-0, No. 3 CFP) rolled with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback.

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Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim coaches Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim coaches Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) - Bol Bol had 26 points and nine rebounds, and No. 13 Oregon beat No. 15 Syracuse 80-65 in the consolation game of the 2K Classic on Friday.

Payton Pritchard added 18 points for the Ducks (3-1) and Kenny Wooten had 12 in the first-ever meeting between the ACC and Pac-12 programs.

Tyus Battle scored 17 points to lead the Orange (2-2), who lost for the second time in less than 24 hours. Syracuse fell to UConn 83-76 in a semifinal on Thursday night. >> Read more

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Nov 15, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) controls the ball against Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 15, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) controls the ball against Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nothing less than the first major test Dan Hurley Era awaited the Connecticut Huskies.

UConn was facing a Top 25 opponent in a nationally televised game in one of basketball's iconic venues.

For a group that has not been together for a full calendar year, it was fair to question how they would respond. Consider the test passed. With flying colors.

"They had a look the last couple days that they couldn't get here and play. They went out and performed at such a high level," Hurley said after Connecticut's 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Moe Neal rushed for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for another, and No. 13 Syracuse took advantage of five Louisville miscues to rout the Cardinals 54-23 on Friday night.

The Orange (8-2, 5-2 ACC, No. 13 CFP) scored 27 points off five Louisville (2-8, 0-7 ACC) errors, rushed for 292 yards and accumulated 518 yards of total offense. Syracuse finished the season unbeaten in six games in the Carrier Dome for the fourth time since the building opened in 1980.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, Jarveon Howard ran for two scores and No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake Forest 41-24 on Saturday.

Dungey - whose average of 294.1 total yards per game ranks second in the ACC - was 23 of 35 for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score to help the Orange (7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a Top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001.

Moe Neal added an 8-yard score, Chris Elmore had a 5-yard TD run and Andre Szmyt kicked two field goals for Syracuse, which earned its first conference road victory in more than two years.

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Oct 27, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) throws a pass during the third quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Oct 27, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) throws a pass during the third quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Syracuse held off No. 22 North Carolina State 51-41 on Saturday night to become eligible for the postseason for the first time in five years.

Syracuse (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which snapped a two-game losing streak last time out with a 40-37, double-overtime victory over North Carolina, improved to 5-0 in the Carrier Dome.

N.C. State (5-2, 2-2), which was coming off its first loss of the season, a 41-7 thrashing at No. 2 Clemson, fell behind early, rallied, then ran out of time at the end. Orange linebacker Andrew Armstrong sealed the victory with an interception at the Wolfpack 23-yard line with 2:18 left.

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General view of the tarp on the field during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of the tarp on the field during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees radio voice Hank Greenwald passed away at the age of 83. 

Greenwald called Yankees games with Tommy Hutton for WABC radio during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, preceding current Yankees play-by-play radio announcer, John Sterling. 

Greenwald spent most of his career as the play-by-play man for the San Francisco Giants from 1979-86 and 1989-96. 

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Oct 20, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Jamal Custis (17) runs with the ball after a catch as North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Patrice Rene (5) makes a diving tackle attempt during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Oct 20, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Jamal Custis (17) runs with the ball after a catch as North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Patrice Rene (5) makes a diving tackle attempt during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tommy DeVito, in relief of a struggling Eric Dungey, hit tight end Ravian Pierce on a 4-yard scoring play in the second overtime and Syracuse defeated North Carolina 40-37 on Saturday.

DeVito, who entered the game in the fourth quarter, sent it to overtime with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Nykeim Johnson with 1:39 to go.

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Oct 6, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Darrin Hall (22) runs the ball past Syracuse Orange linebacker Ryan Guthrie (41) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 44-37 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Oct 6, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Darrin Hall (22) runs the ball past Syracuse Orange linebacker Ryan Guthrie (41) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 44-37 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's Darrin Hall ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in overtime, as the Panthers rallied past Syracuse 44-37 on Saturday.

Hall's 3-yard burst on the opening possession of the extra period put the Panthers up and Pitt sophomore defensive back Therran Coleman picked off Syracuse's Eric Dungey in the end zone on the Orange's first offensive snap to give the Panthers a stirring victory.

"Our kids needed that one," Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said after his team ended a two-game losing streak. >> Read more

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Sep 29, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)
Sep 29, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Should No. 3 Clemson fulfill its championship aspirations this season, prepare to hear plenty about "The Drive."

With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, reserve Chase Brice -- who was about sixth on the depth chart last January -- guided a 94-yard, fourth-quarter scoring drive that ended with Travis Etienne's 2-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds and gave the Tigers a 27-23 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.

"I'll never forget this one," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "Some might say it's the fifth game of the year, but it's more than that. I saw a team that didn't quit."

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Sep 22, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Sean Riley (10) makes a touchdown catch in front of Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jordan Morrison (29) during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Sep 22, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Sean Riley (10) makes a touchdown catch in front of Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jordan Morrison (29) during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Eric Dungey scored three touchdowns and threw for another to key a first-half blitz and Syracuse continued its early season success with a 51-21 victory over former Big East rival Connecticut on Saturday.

Syracuse, which has not yet trailed this season, has won its first four games for the first time since 1991 and only the fourth time since the end of World War II. The Orange finished 4-8 in each of the past three seasons. >> Read more

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Sep 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse took another big step toward putting the woeful recent past in the rearview mirror.

Quarterback Tommy DeVito, subbing for injured starter Eric Dungey, scored on a 3-yard run and hit tight end Ravian Pierce with a 3-yard score in a span of just over 3 minutes in the third quarter, and Syracuse beat Florida State 30-7 on Saturday in the sweltering heat of the Carrier Dome.

"They really played their heart out," said a hoarse Syracuse coach Dino Babers, who led another rousing postgame locker room celebration. "I thought it was a fantastic family win. Those guys (FSU) are the top athletes in the country. To get a win like this, we need to enjoy it."

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Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey prepares to throw the ball against the Wagner Seahawks during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey prepares to throw the ball against the Wagner Seahawks during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Eric Dungey threw five touchdown passes to lead the Syracuse football team to a 62-10 win over Wagner on Saturday at Carrier Dome.

Dungey threw for 218 yards and ran for 44 more, throwing four touchdown passes in the first half as the Orange took a 45-7 lead into the break.

The senior Dungey threw touchdowns to five different receivers: Nykeim Johnson, Sean Riley, Jamal Custis, Taj Harris and Ravian Pierce.

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McDonalds All-American West forward Darius Bazley shoots over East center David McCormack in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
McDonalds All-American West forward Darius Bazley shoots over East center David McCormack in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Darius Bazley, a five-star high school basketball prospect, decommitted from Syracuse so he could play in the G League, Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania reports.

The 17-year-old Bazley, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Ohio, is ranked the No. 9 prospect by ESPN. He scored 11 points in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

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Syracuse's run as an 11-seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament came to an end as the Orange failed to advance to the Elite Eight on Friday night.

Tyus Battle had 19 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15 to go along with seven rebounds, as the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils hung on late for a 69-65 win over Syracuse in the Sweet 16 in Omaha.

Both teams were aggressive against the other's zone defense, with lots of shots going in around the rim. Marvin Bagley III starred for Duke and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Grayson Allen had 15 points and eight assists in the win.

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(Rick Osentoski)

Syracuse has surprisingly reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, relying on its zone defense to get the job done. >> Read More

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle celebrates a play in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle celebrates a play in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

The last team selected for the field of 68 is going to the round of 16.

Tyus Battle had 17 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15, lifting 11th-seeded Syracuse to a 55-53 win over third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday and into the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

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Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett (11) drives on TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament first-round game in Detroit, Friday, March 16, 2018. (Paul Sancya/AP)
Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett (11) drives on TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament first-round game in Detroit, Friday, March 16, 2018. (Paul Sancya/AP)

DETROIT (AP) Marek Dolezaj scored 17 points before fouling out and 11th-seeded Syracuse shut down sixth-seeded TCU for a 57-52 victory in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

The Orange (22-13) won for the second time in the tournament and advanced to face third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday by holding off the Horned Frogs with another impressive defensive effort. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.

TCU (21-12) is still without an NCAA Tournament victory since 1987, when coach Jamie Dixon was a player. This was the school's first appearance since 1998, and it was short-lived.

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(Raj Mehta)

STINGY: Syracuse held Arizona State to a season low in points in a 60-56 victory over the Sun Devils on Wednesday night in the First Four. The Orange had to win that game to make it to the round of 64.

THEY SAID IT: The Orange haven't had much time to rest after the win over Arizona State, and TCU didn't know its opponent until that game was over. "Quick turnaround as far as knowing who we're playing for us," Dixon said. "So really unique and first time I've been through it. We're playing the winner of the play-in game. ... You get some time, but not time to focus on just one team." >> Read More

 

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Freshman Oshae Brissett had a double-double and led Syracuse's second-half comeback, and the Orange -- the last team to make the NCAA Tournament -- held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four.

The 11th-seeded Orange plays No. 6 seed TCU (21-11) on Friday in Detroit in the Midwest Region.

Syracuse (21-13) had to sweat out Selection Sunday and wound up as the last one to make the bracket, sent to the First Four. The Orange prevailed in a matchup of teams that started fast and then faded onto the tournament bubble. >> Read more

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Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Syracuse reached the NCAA tournament on Sunday as an 11-seed and will play No. 11 Arizona State in a play-in game on Wednesday.

The Orange, who finished the regular season 20-13 after losing in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and Arizona State, which finished 20-11 after falling in the Pac-12 tournament, were both among the last four teams in.

 

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Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) reacts during the first half of a second round game of the 2018 ACC tournament against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) reacts during the first half of a second round game of the 2018 ACC tournament against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Theo Pinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Kenny Williams scored 17 points as No. 12 North Carolina beat Syracuse 78-59 on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9) face third-seeded Miami on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Oshae Brissett scored 20 points and made five 3s for 11th-seeded Syracuse (20-13), which never got closer than nine down in the second half. The Orange will head toward NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday firmly on the bubble. >> Read more

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Jim Boeheim discusses the importance of every game and lauds his team's defensive performance against a strong Wake Forest team on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) Freshman forward Marek Dolezaj scored a career-high 20 points and Syracuse won an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game for the first time, beating Wake Forest 73-64 on Tuesday night.

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Mar 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (right) is called for a charging foul on Clemson Tigers forward Mark Donnal during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Mar 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (right) is called for a charging foul on Clemson Tigers forward Mark Donnal during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points and Syracuse rallied to beat No. 18 Clemson 55-52 on Saturday to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth.

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Feb 21, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) looks to drive the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kenny Williams (24) in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 21, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) looks to drive the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kenny Williams (24) in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

While No. 18 Clemson looks to cap one of the finest seasons in program history by clinching a double bye in the ACC Tournament, Syracuse is looking for that elusive signature win to boost its fading NCAA Tournament hopes.

On the final day of the ACC's regular season, the Tigers (22-7, 11-6 ACC) visit the Orange (18-12, 7-10) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

On Wednesday, Clemson earned its program-record 11th ACC win and tied a school mark with its 15th home win of the season by rallying to defeat Florida State 76-63 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. Redshirt junior guard Marcquise Reed notched his 10th 20-point outing of the season with 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting as the Tigers recorded their 22nd win -- the most since the 2013-14 team won 23.

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Feb 24, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Duke Blue Devils forward Javin DeLaurier (12) defends during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Feb 24, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Duke Blue Devils forward Javin DeLaurier (12) defends during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Marvin Bagley III had 19 points in his return from a sprained knee, and No. 5 Duke beat Syracuse 60-44 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win.

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Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

DURHAM, N.C. -- Grayson Allen has become Duke's headline player again as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils continue to pick up steam.

In the second-to-last home game of his career, the senior guard is bound to be a focal point when Duke takes on visiting Syracuse on Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Second-place Duke (23-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is out of contention for the top seed in the ACC Tournament. Earlier Saturday, Virginia could wrap up the outright regular-season title by winning at last-place Pittsburgh.

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Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard dribbles the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Seventh Woods in the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard dribbles the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Seventh Woods in the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)

Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points, Joel Berry II added 18, including the tiebreaking layup with 1:36 left, and No. 10 North Carolina held off Syracuse 78-74 on Wednesday night.

North Carolina (22-7, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won six straight, but this was the most difficult against a team fighting for its postseason life. Syracuse (18-10, 7-8) was coming off an important road victory over Miami and was teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble entering the game.

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Nov 18, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) dribbles the ball as Texas Southern Tigers forward Kevin Scott (4) defends during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 18, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) dribbles the ball as Texas Southern Tigers forward Kevin Scott (4) defends during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Tyus Battle overcame a poor shooting game by scoring six points in the final 86 seconds, and the Syracuse Orangemen's stingy zone helped them beat Miami 62-55 Saturday.

Syracuse limited the Hurricanes to a season-low 34-percent shooting, and Miami was often forced into bad shots at long range, going 7 for 31 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Orangemen (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won three of their past four road games. Miami (18-8, 7-7) lost at home for the second time this week, and has dropped three games in a row overall.

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Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Markell Johnson's 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go broke a 70-70 tie and North Carolina State went on to defeat Syracuse 74-70 Wednesday.

The game was critical for both teams who reside squarely on the NCAA bubble.

Allerik Freeman led the Wolfpack (17-9, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 17 points. Johnson had 16 and Sam Hunt, who hit four big 3s in the second half, added 14. The Wolfpack, who broke a two-game losing streak, had seven 3s in the final 20 minutes. >> Read more

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Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 34 points, Oshae Brissett added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Syracuse held off Wake Forest 78-70 on Sunday.

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle shoots against Louisville Cardinals guard Ryan McMahon during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle shoots against Louisville Cardinals guard Ryan McMahon during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)

Tyus Battle scored 25 points to lead Syracuse to a 78-73 victory over Louisville Monday night.

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Feb 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter (12) drives the ball past Syracuse Orange center Paschal Chukwu (13) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter (12) drives the ball past Syracuse Orange center Paschal Chukwu (13) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) De'Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Kyle Guy added 14 and second-ranked Virginia smothered struggling Syracuse 59-44 on Saturday.

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Jan 31, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Marek Dolezaj (21) dives for a loose ball during the first half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jan 31, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Marek Dolezaj (21) dives for a loose ball during the first half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Okogie scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, and fellow guard Tadric Jackson added 15 points Wednesday and Georgia Tech snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-51 win over Syracuse.

Tech (11-11, 4-5 ACC) used just six players, with Jackson as the only sub, and Syracuse (15-7, 4-5) deployed seven. Guard Tyus Battle scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Orange, who lost for the first time in four games.

The Yellow Jackets never trailed, and led 24-21 at halftime, powered chiefly by an 11-2 run early that included 3-point shots by Okogie and Jose Alvarado and a three-point play by Ben Lammers on consecutive possessions. >> Read more

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Jan 27, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) dribbles the ball against Pittsburgh Panthers guard Marcus Carr (5) during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Syracuse won 60-55. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 27, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) dribbles the ball against Pittsburgh Panthers guard Marcus Carr (5) during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Syracuse won 60-55. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bourama Sidibe's aching left knee finally appears to be coming around. Syracuse's weird season may follow suit.

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Jan 24, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket defended by Boston College Eagles guard Ky Bowman (0) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports  (Mark Konezny)
Jan 24, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket defended by Boston College Eagles guard Ky Bowman (0) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Five Syracuse players scored in double figures and the Orange rode an 11-0 run early in the second half to defeat Boston College 81-63 Wednesday.

Tyus Battle led Syracuse (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 24 points. Frank Howard added 18 and Paschal Chukwu chipped in with 14. Oshae Brissett had 13 and Marek Dolezaj had a career-high 12. Brissett, Chukwu and Battle played the entire 40 minutes. >> Read more

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Jan 16, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Matthew Moyer (2) looks to dribble the ball past Pittsburgh Panthers guard Parker Stewart (1) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Jan 16, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Matthew Moyer (2) looks to dribble the ball past Pittsburgh Panthers guard Parker Stewart (1) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Frank Howard had 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals and Syracuse snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating Pittsburgh 59-45 Tuesday night.

With the win the Orange (13-6, 2-4 ACC) averted the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim's 42-year tenure.

Tyus Battle, who scored just four first-half points for Syracuse, had 15. Oshae Brissett added 10. >> Read more

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Jan 13, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles guard CJ Walker (2) shoots past Syracuse Orange forward Matthew Moyer (2) during the first half at Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Vastola)
Jan 13, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles guard CJ Walker (2) shoots past Syracuse Orange forward Matthew Moyer (2) during the first half at Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Vastola)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Briain Angola scored 24 points, including five in the second overtime, and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 as No. 24 Florida State defeated Syracuse 101-90 in double overtime on Saturday.

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Dec 31, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) tries to drive the ball past the defense of Virginia Tech Hokies guard Tyrie Jackson (1) during the second half at Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 31, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) tries to drive the ball past the defense of Virginia Tech Hokies guard Tyrie Jackson (1) during the second half at Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Come Monday, No. 23 Florida State -- losers of two straight -- likely will find themselves on the outside looking in of The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

But the Seminoles will get one final shot to impress voters before they fill out their ballots this weekend.

Florida State (12-4 overall, 1-3 ACC) hosts Syracuse (12-5, 1-3) on Saturday in a duel of ACC cellar dwellers. Florida State and Syracuse are tied for second-to-last in the standings after great starts to their nonconference schedules that has not translated into conference success.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Kyle Guy scored 22 points, De'Andre Hunter added 15 and No. 3 Virginia beat Syracuse 68-61 on Tuesday night.

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Dec 31, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) tries to drive the ball past the defense of Virginia Tech Hokies guard Tyrie Jackson (1) during the second half at Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 31, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) tries to drive the ball past the defense of Virginia Tech Hokies guard Tyrie Jackson (1) during the second half at Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Currently in the midst of a three-game homestand, No. 3 Virginia sits atop the ACC standings and welcomes Syracuse into John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday night.

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Jan 6, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard TJ Gibbs (10) shoots the ball against the defense of Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Jan 6, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard TJ Gibbs (10) shoots the ball against the defense of Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) T.J. Gibbs scored 18 points and his steal in the final minute set up Rex Pflueger's decisive layup with 2.6 seconds left as Notre Dame rallied to beat Syracuse 51-49 on Saturday, its fifth straight victory.

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Jan 3, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) attempts to grab a rebound against Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) in the first half at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jan 3, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) attempts to grab a rebound against Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) in the first half at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Bryant Crawford scored 19 points to help Wake Forest beat Syracuse 73-67 on Wednesday night.

The Demon Deacons (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead for good on Terrence Thompson's scooping layup with 1:56 left. Wake Forest then did just enough to hang on, earning its first win in six tries against the Orange (12-3, 1-1) despite missing five final-minute free throws. >> Read more

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Dec 27, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) starts off on a fast break against the Eastern Michigan Eagles during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 27, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) starts off on a fast break against the Eastern Michigan Eagles during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 22 points, including 10 in a row and 16 in the second half, and Paschal Chukwu had a career-high 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead Syracuse to a 62-47 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

Battle had just six points on 1-of-6 shooting, including 0-of-5 from 3-point range, in the first half, but heated up in the second, hitting 6-of-9 field-goal attempts and 3-of-4 3-pointers to lead the Orange (11-2). Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett had 11 points each. >> Read more

 

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jaylen Adams scored 23 points, 21 in the first half, and St. Bonaventure withstood a furious Syracuse rally to win its first-ever game in the Carrier Dome in 11 tries, defeating Syracuse 60-57 in overtime Friday night.

The Bonnies (10-2) led by as many as 13 in the second half but Syracuse (10-2) closed regulation on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 53. Paschal Chukwu, a career 48 percent shooter from the foul line, tied the game on a layup and foul shot with 1:18 to go in regulation. Tyus Battle missed a potential game-winning layup with two seconds to go in regulation and Oshae Brissett missed a put-back at the buzzer.

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Nov 27, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) dunks the ball against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Nov 27, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) dunks the ball against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Syracuse Orange (11-1) look to take down the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-2) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. Friday night. 

The Orange's best player so far this season -- sophomore G Tyus Battle -- was limited in a heart-racing win over Buffalo in Syracuse's last contest. Battle, who averages 20.7 points per game, only dropped 13 in the game. They will look to get him going in this one. 

St. Bonaventure features a dangerous duo of guards in Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams. The 6-foot-3 Mobley averages 18.4 points a game, while the 6-foot-1 Adams is averaging 17.2 points so far this season. These two seniors are going to be a problem for Syracuse if they can't match up well, especially on the perimeter.

With the Orange barely getting past the Bulls in their last contest, they will be sure to look for a hot start and dominate on their home court. 

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's gutsy 81-74 win over Buffalo Tuesday evening at the Dome:

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to an official in the second half of an NCAA college basketball NIT game against UNC Greensboro in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Syracuse won 90-77. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to an official in the second half of an NCAA college basketball NIT game against UNC Greensboro in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Syracuse won 90-77. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Washington, D.C. - A quick take on Syracuse's incredible comeback, in its thrilling 86-79 overtime win against Georgetown at a spirited Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon:

WHAT HAPPENED: The 'Cuse (9-1) played like it forgot to wake up from its week long break for final exams until the final 5:00, coming all the way back from 12 down to tie the game, then dominated overtime to hand the Hoyas (8-1) their first loss of the season. 

ANALYSIS: At times it seemed like there was more action during the TV timeouts and at halftime with students shooting for free books, individuals being honored by Georgetown for longtime service, and an agile unicycle performer spinning around the court, as both teams struggled putting the ball in the basket before the exciting second half SU comeback. Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett led the furious rally combining for 49 points. << Read more

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Dec 9, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) shoots the ball against the defense of Colgate Raiders guard Sean O'Brien (0) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) shoots the ball against the defense of Colgate Raiders guard Sean O'Brien (0) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 24 points, Oshae Brissett added a career-high 20 and Syracuse defeated Colgate 72-58 on Saturday.

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