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Syracuse topples BU 94-58

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - In front of 19,770 in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (5-1) put on an offensive show in a 94-58 victory over visiting Binghamton (4-2) Saturday night. The Orangemen shot 59% from the floor, put five players in double figures, and blew the game wide open with a 14-0 run early in the second half.

Binghamton, which trailed 52-36 at the break, trimmed the deficit to 12, 54-42, with 17:19 to play. Syracuse responded, however, with a commanding 14-0 run that featured five layups and a dunk - one of 10 slams during the game.

"Syracuse was everything as advertised," BU head coach Al Walker said. "They shot over us, and rose up and killed us on the glass. We competed as hard as we could, and hung around, but we gave up too many possessions."

Syracuse outrebounded BU 53-33 for the game.

The Bearcats were led by senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./International), who scored 11 points with five assists and five rebounds. Sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) added eight points before fouling out with 6:16 to play.

Syracuse shot a remarkable 68% in the first half, and put three players in double figures after just 20 minutes. After SU opened the second half with a bucket, Billings scored on back-to-back possessions, and after a fast-break layup by sophomore guard Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc./Colby CC), the Bearcats had trimmed the lead to 12, 54-42. The Orangemen, however, rattled off 14 straight points and never looked back, extending that lead to a game-high 36 points with their final basket of the game.

Binghamton was held to just two field goals in the game's final nine minutes, and shot 24% in the second half (8-of-34).

Freshman sensation Carmelo Anthony wound up with a game highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds for Syracuse.

Binghamton is off nearly two weeks before heading to Philadelphia to face another Big East foe, Villanova, on December 27.

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