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Battle, 29-6 run help Syracuse beat Texas Southern 80-67

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Texas Southern coach Mike Davis knew what was coming, but his team couldn't do anything about it.

Tyus Battle picked up two fouls and scored just five first-half points. But just like he did against Iona in the team's previous game, Syracuse's leading man again came up big in the final 20 minutes.

Battle scored 21 points, Geno Thorpe added 13, and Syracuse (3-0) went on a 29-6 halftime-spanning run to defeat Texas Southern (0-4) 80-67 on Saturday night. As part of that run, the Orange scored the first 15 second-half points as Battle scored 14 points in the first eight-plus minutes after the break.

''We definitely thought we were in great shape, but we knew that he had scored 23 against Iona in the second half, so we knew that was coming,'' Davis said. ''It's all about preventing it, and we couldn't prevent it. You'd like to have little lead with him being out so much of the first half, unfortunately we didn't.''

Battle, who scored 23 second-half points against Iona, finished 6 of 10 from the field and 3 of 6 from 3.

''I was just trying to be aggressive, stay aggressive and attack,'' Battle said. ''Luckily the basketball went in. That's usually my mindset -- attack.''

Battle felt he had to get things going after spending much of the first half in a very unusual place for him - the bench.

''It bothered me. I'm not really used to that (sitting). It definitely bothered me, but it happens I had to get it going in the second half.''

Fortunately for the Orange, Thorpe came to the rescue, hitting 5 of 6 from the field in the first half, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.

''I just try to come in and bring energy on the defensive end,'' Thorpe said. ''Credit to my teammates --they found me for open shots and I just wanted to capitalize and knock them down.''

Frank Howard had 12 points and eight assists, Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj had career highs with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Syracuse. Oshae Brissett had 10 rebounds for the Orange.

Donte Clark led the Tigers with 20 points. Robert Lewis scored 13, Trayvon Reed had 12 points, Kevin Scott added 11 and Derrick Bruce 10.

Lewis tied the game at 24-all on a floater, but the Orange outscored the Tigers 14-6 to close the half with a 38-30 lead, then scored the first 15 second-half points and led by double figures thereon. The Tigers took an early 7-2 lead as Syracuse missed its first seven shots, but Battle hit a 3 and then made two free throws before a layup by Sidibe gave the Orange their first lead about 4 1/2 minutes in.

With the Tigers leading 20-18, Thorpe scored eight of Syracuse's next 11 points - on two three 3-pointers and a floater - to give the Orange a 30-24 lead.

HIGHLIGHT REEL:

Battle had the crowd-pleasing play of the night. Forced to the baseline, he spun, faked a defender out of his sneakers and powered his way to a thunderous dunk.

MAREK'S MARVELOUS:

In addition to his 10 points, freshman Marek Dolezaj snagged nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end.

BIG PICTURE:

Texas Southern: The Tigers gave Syracuse a game for much of the first half but Syracuse's superior athletic ability took over. Things get even more difficult with a game against Kansas coming up. Coach Mike Davis will have to do his best to motivate the Tigers.

Syracuse: Geno Thorpe gave Syracuse a big boost in his first solid game for the Orange. His offense gives Syracuse another dimension.

UP NEXT:

The Tigers jump from the frying pan and into the fire as they head to Kansas Tuesday to face the No. 5 Jayhawks.

Syracuse has a strong test Monday at the Carrier Dome against Oakland. It would have been an even bigger challenge, however, Golden Grizzlies forward Jalen Hayes will be serving the last of a four-game suspension.

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Key Players
D. Clark
F. Howard
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
12.0 Pts. Per Game 12.0
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
43.9 Field Goal % 41.4
37.5 Three Point % 45.5
68.4 Free Throw % 70.0
+ 2 Derrick Bruce made layup 15.0
+ 2 Paschal Chukwu made dunk, assist by Marek Dolezaj 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Paschal Chukwu 55.0
  Cainan McClelland missed 3-pt. jump shot 57.0
  Defensive rebound by Texas Southern 1:00
  Geno Thorpe missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:02
+ 3 Derrick Bruce made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Scott 1:33
+ 1 Marek Dolezaj made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:42
+ 1 Marek Dolezaj made 1st of 2 free throws 1:42
  Personal foul on Donte Clark 1:42
  Offensive rebound by Paschal Chukwu 2:01
Team Stats
Points 67 80
Field Goals 22-49 (44.9%) 26-57 (45.6%)
3-Pointers 8-21 (38.1%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 15-22 (68.2%) 20-30 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 28 40
Offensive 3 14
Defensive 18 18
Team 7 8
Assists 16 21
Steals 5 8
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 21 19
Technicals 2 0
20 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
21 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Texas Southern 0-4 303767
home team logo Syracuse 3-0 384280
Team Stats
away team logo Texas Southern 0-4 81.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 15.6 APG
home team logo Syracuse 3-0 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
00
D. Clark G PPG RPG APG FG%
25
T. Battle G 17.2 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.5 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Clark G 20 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
T. Battle G 21 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
44.9 FG% 45.6
38.1 3PT FG% 33.3
68.2 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Clark 20 3 5 5/13 3/7 7/7 5 39 0 1 3 0 3
R. Lewis 13 3 0 4/6 3/5 2/2 3 37 1 0 1 0 3
T. Reed 12 8 0 6/6 0/0 0/4 3 34 1 1 1 1 7
K. Scott 11 7 7 4/16 1/5 2/2 4 40 2 0 2 2 5
D. Bruce 10 0 4 3/5 1/3 3/4 4 24 1 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Clark 20 3 5 5/13 3/7 7/7 5 39 0 1 3 0 3
R. Lewis 13 3 0 4/6 3/5 2/2 3 37 1 0 1 0 3
T. Reed 12 8 0 6/6 0/0 0/4 3 34 1 1 1 1 7
K. Scott 11 7 7 4/16 1/5 2/2 4 40 2 0 2 2 5
D. Bruce 10 0 4 3/5 1/3 3/4 4 24 1 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Carey 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 6 0 0 1 0 0
M. Salmon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. McClelland 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
K. Granger Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lumpkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 21 16 22/49 8/21 15/22 21 200 5 2 10 3 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 21 1 2 6/10 3/6 6/6 3 26 3 0 0 0 1
F. Howard 12 3 8 3/7 2/6 4/6 3 30 2 1 4 0 3
O. Brissett 7 10 1 2/12 0/4 3/4 1 30 0 0 1 3 7
P. Chukwu 6 4 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 1 1 2 2
M. Moyer 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 2 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 21 1 2 6/10 3/6 6/6 3 26 3 0 0 0 1
F. Howard 12 3 8 3/7 2/6 4/6 3 30 2 1 4 0 3
O. Brissett 7 10 1 2/12 0/4 3/4 1 30 0 0 1 3 7
P. Chukwu 6 4 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 1 1 2 2
M. Moyer 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 2 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Thorpe 13 0 1 5/9 3/7 0/1 3 21 1 0 1 0 0
B. Sidibe 11 3 1 5/6 0/0 1/5 4 21 1 0 0 3 0
M. Dolezaj 10 9 7 2/7 0/0 6/8 2 32 0 2 3 4 5
H. Washington 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Radner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Herlihy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 32 21 26/57 8/24 20/30 19 200 8 4 10 14 18