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Brissett's double-double lifts Syracuse past UConn 72-63

NEW YORK (AP) Syracuse and UConn fans dressed in team colors, exhorted their alma maters with rallying cries and even had a few choice words for the opposition.

The renewed rivalry gave Madison Square Garden a bit of a March atmosphere.

''I don't think any two schools are going to put more people in the Garden,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.

Hope those fans didn't mind looking up. The old highlights on the video board might have been the basketball of the night.

Oshae Brissett had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Tyus Battle scored 22 points to lead Syracuse past UConn 72-63 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The former Big East rivals failed to relive the glory days at the Garden that had defined their series as one of the best in basketball. But fans of both teams enjoyed the give-and-take chants that filled a mostly full MSG on the night.

''We had great games. Great memories,'' Boeheim said. ''But when you're in a league, you're in a league and that's what's important.''

The Orange are in the ACC and the Huskies now play in the American Athletic Conference.

But it's the Big East roots that still run deep for the faithful.

The Orange, coming off a 16-point loss to No. 2 Kansas, controlled from tipoff in a sloppy outing where they made only four 3-pointers and had nine assists.

Matthew Moyer scored 18 points and the Orange scored some easy buckets late in the second half to never let this win get away from them. Moyer had a needed confidence boost in a season where he averaged only 2.4 points.

''He's been horrible all year. Horrible is being nice,'' Boeheim said. ''He was terrific tonight and I think he can build on this.''

Jalen Adams led the Huskies (6-3) with 22 points and Christian Vital had 17.

Vital gave UConn a brief sign of life with a pair of 3s in the second half that sliced the deficit to 11. Vital fed Adams on the fastbreak for an easy bucket to make it a nine-point game and MSG was filled with ''Let's Go Huskies!'' chants.

But UConn couldn't do much more offensively - and a big block by Syracuse forward Brissett and a UConn shot-clock violation slowed the Huskies' run. UConn coach Kevin Ollie stomped his feet so loudly in annoyance over one play it could be heard 85 feet away in a noisy MSG.

''It was like we'd never seen a zone before,'' Ollie said.

Brissett, one of the top freshmen in the ACC, capitalized with a dunk that stretched the lead back to double digits.

Brissett and Battle each scored 12 points in the first half to help the Orange lead 40-29.

UConn and Syracuse had regular matchups at Madison Square Garden when they both were in the Big East. The greatest of all their matchups was the 2009 Big East Tournament quarterfinal that Syracuse won 127-117 in six overtimes. MSG played clips from the classic on the big screen. Syracuse leads the all-time series 56-38.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: Guard Frank Howard, who had averaged 15.5 points, scored only five with Battle leading the way. Howard's five assists were also down from his 6.1 average. ... Keep an eye on Moyer. Moyer suffered a hard fall in the second half and came up limping. He gave coach Boeheim a thumbs up from the free-throw line and made 1 of 2 shots. ... The Orange are down to eight scholarship players.

UConn: The Huskies had won two straight games in overtime. ... UConn hopes to slow down following a stretch of seven games over 6,000 miles in 19 days. ... The Huskies played their 116th game at MSG (62-54) and won NIT and Big East championships in the building.

SLOPPY

UConn had 17 turnovers - a whopping 13 in the first half.

''I think we just kind of got too excited in the first half and were kind of reckless with the ball,'' Adams said.

THE BOSS

Boeheim said he would stay another night in New York for Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange play Colgate on Saturday before resuming another former Big East rivalry Dec. 16 against Georgetown.

UConn: The Huskies return home Saturday to play Coppin State.

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Key Players
F. Howard
J. Adams
37.3 Min. Per Game 37.3
19.4 Pts. Per Game 19.4
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
39.0 Field Goal % 47.1
29.4 Three Point % 36.4
78.6 Free Throw % 63.6
  Defensive rebound by Tyus Battle 28.0
  Christian Vital missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Connecticut 37.0
  Tyus Battle missed driving dunk 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Frank Howard 45.0
  Christian Vital missed jump shot 47.0
+ 1 Marek Dolezaj made 2nd of 2 free throws 52.0
+ 1 Marek Dolezaj made 1st of 2 free throws 52.0
  Personal foul on Mamadou Diarra 52.0
+ 1 Terry Larrier made 2nd of 2 free throws 53.0
+ 1 Terry Larrier made 1st of 2 free throws 53.0
Team Stats
Points 72 63
Field Goals 22-51 (43.1%) 20-47 (42.6%)
3-Pointers 4-16 (25.0%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 24-33 (72.7%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 37 24
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 22 15
Team 3 3
Assists 9 10
Steals 11 7
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Syracuse 7-1 403272
home team logo Connecticut 6-3 293463
Team Stats
away team logo Syracuse 7-1 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo Connecticut 6-3 73.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
25
T. Battle G 17.2 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.5 APG 43.1 FG%
4
J. Adams G 16.9 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Battle G 22 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
J. Adams G 22 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
43.1 FG% 42.6
25.0 3PT FG% 36.8
72.7 FT% 69.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 22 2 3 8/18 3/8 3/5 2 40 5 0 4 0 2
M. Moyer 18 8 0 7/9 1/2 3/6 4 36 1 0 2 4 4
O. Brissett 16 10 0 5/13 0/3 6/6 3 38 1 2 0 2 8
P. Chukwu 6 5 0 1/1 0/0 4/6 5 20 0 1 0 3 2
F. Howard 5 5 5 1/10 0/3 3/4 3 39 2 0 9 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 22 2 3 8/18 3/8 3/5 2 40 5 0 4 0 2
M. Moyer 18 8 0 7/9 1/2 3/6 4 36 1 0 2 4 4
O. Brissett 16 10 0 5/13 0/3 6/6 3 38 1 2 0 2 8
P. Chukwu 6 5 0 1/1 0/0 4/6 5 20 0 1 0 3 2
F. Howard 5 5 5 1/10 0/3 3/4 3 39 2 0 9 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Dolezaj 3 1 1 0/0 0/0 3/4 2 16 2 1 0 1 0
B. Sidibe 2 3 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 10 0 0 0 1 2
H. Washington 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Thorpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Herlihy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 34 9 22/51 4/16 24/33 20 200 11 4 15 12 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 22 2 2 8/13 3/6 3/3 2 40 1 0 3 1 1
C. Vital 17 5 4 4/11 2/7 7/8 2 37 2 0 1 0 5
T. Larrier 14 2 2 4/11 1/2 5/6 1 38 1 1 4 1 1
A. Anderson 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 3 38 0 0 3 0 1
M. Diarra 1 7 0 0/3 0/0 1/6 5 17 1 1 2 4 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 22 2 2 8/13 3/6 3/3 2 40 1 0 3 1 1
C. Vital 17 5 4 4/11 2/7 7/8 2 37 2 0 1 0 5
T. Larrier 14 2 2 4/11 1/2 5/6 1 38 1 1 4 1 1
A. Anderson 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 3 38 0 0 3 0 1
M. Diarra 1 7 0 0/3 0/0 1/6 5 17 1 1 2 4 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cobb 6 3 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 17 2 1 0 0 3
D. Onuorah 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
J. Carlton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
T. Polley 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 0 0
C. Foxen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Noyes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilbert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whaley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 21 10 20/47 7/19 16/23 20 200 7 3 16 6 15