Syracuse's defense smothers Cornell in 77-45 win

By MARK FRANK

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 18 points, Syracuse's hounding defense held Cornell to 25 percent from the field, and the Orange defeated the Big Red 77-45 Friday in the season opener for both teams.

Geno Thorpe had 12 points, Oshae Brissett had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Matthew Moyer grabbed 10 rebounds and Bourama Sidibe chipped in with seven points and six rebounds for Syracuse.

Matt Morgan led Cornell with 14 points while Jimmy Boeheim, son of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, had 11. It was the 38th straight win for Syracuse in the series between the Upstate New York schools.

Syracuse had a 33-22 halftime and, led by Battle's 10 points, went on a 19-4 run after the break to take control. The Orange outscored Cornell 44-23 in the second half. Cornell shot 4-of-27 from beyond the arc.

Jimmy Boeheim hit Cornell's first two shots of the game - a 3-pointer and driving layup - to give the Big Red a 5-2 lead, but Cornell missed its next 11 shots and went more than 10 minutes between field goals. The Orange went on a 14-1 run to take a 16-6 lead.

BIG PICTURE:

Cornell: It's hard to tell much from a game against a superior opponent. Coach Brian Earl should get a better idea Monday against Binghamton.

Syracuse: Syracuse might have something in freshman center Bourama Sidibe. He has presence defensively, as expected, and displayed some unexpected good moves on offense. He could supplant starter Paschal Chukwu before long.

UP NEXT:

Cornell needs to regroup before its home opener Monday against Binghamton.

Syracuse has an early-season home test Tuesday night against the Iona Gaels. The game could be an indicator of things to come for the young Orange. A quality non-conference win would help if Syracuse is an NCAA Tournament bubble team as many predict.

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