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Battle, No. 16 Syracuse knock off Morehead State 84-70

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse appeared to be on its way to an easy night before Morehead State rallied.

There was a lot to like for the Orange. And a little trouble, too.

Tyus Battle scored 23 points, Elijah Hughes had 21 and No. 16 Syracuse outlasted Morehead State 84-70 on Saturday.

''I think that we got off to a good start,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We made some really bad turnovers. They did a great job going after the ball, they're a really aggressive team. I thought they did a great job getting the ball, getting loose balls and getting back in the game.''

Syracuse led 25-11 midway through the first half. But Morehead State responded with a 16-3 run, keyed by three steals. The Orange led 36-30 at the break.

''I told the kids if we go down we're going to go down swinging, the way we want to play,'' Morehead State coach Preston Spradlin said. ''We want to press. We want to apply pressure, do things like that, and I think we did a good job with that tonight. Our defense allowed us to get back into the game.''

The Eagles had seven steals, including six in the first half.

Oshae Brissett added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Syracuse (2-0), which opened the season with a 66-34 victory over Eastern Washington on Tuesday night. Paschal Chukwu finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

''They were being more aggressive than us (in the first half),'' Brissett said. ''When teams go on runs we have to find it within ourselves to stop them.''

Next up for the Orange is a matchup with former Big East rival Connecticut on Thursday night.

Jordan Walker led Morehead State (1-2) with 24 points, including 19 in the second half. Lamontray Harris had 14, and Malek Green finished with 12.

''This game tells us that we can play with anybody,'' Walker said.

Syracuse outrebounded the outmanned Eagles 51-37 and had 44 points in the paint.

A dunk by Harris got the Eagles within three with about 16 minutes to go, but the Orange responded with a 12-0 run, keyed by Hughes' seven points. Morehead State closed to 66-58 on a layup by A.J. Hicks with under seven minutes remaining, but Syracuse slowly pulled away in the final minutes.

Battle scored 18 in the second half after he had eight points in the season opener.

Syracuse played its second straight game without starting point guard Frank Howard, who is coming back from an ankle injury.

''As a team we're just not where we'd like to be,'' Boeheim said. ''We're doing the best we can with the situation we're in. It's like a football team playing without a quarterback. It's not easy. Hopefully, we'll learn and get better as we move on.''

NO SHOT

The Orange went 3 for 16 from 3-point range. Hoping to improve after last year's trouble from beyond the arc, Syracuse is 6 for 33 from deep so far.

BIG PICTURE

Morehead State: The Eagles hung tough with the much-taller Orange, the second consecutive game Morehead State held its own against top competition. The Eagles lost 80-70 at UConn on Thursday night.

Syracuse: Howard has started practicing with the team and could return next week against the Huskies.

UP NEXT

Morehead State meets Missouri-Kansas City on Friday in Cheney, Washington.

Syracuse and UConn play at Madison Square Garden.

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Key Players
A. Hicks
0 G
O. Brissett
11 F
29.0 Min. Per Game 29.0
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
10.5 Field Goal % 42.4
0.0 Three Point % 25.0
54.5 Free Throw % 70.0
+ 2 Malek Green made layup, assist by A.J. Hicks 7.0
+ 2 Tyus Battle made dunk 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Hughes 35.0
  De'Von Cooper missed layup 37.0
+ 1 Tyus Battle made 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
+ 1 Tyus Battle made 1st of 2 free throws 43.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Walker 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Oshae Brissett 55.0
  A.J. Hicks missed floating jump shot 57.0
+ 2 Oshae Brissett made layup 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Oshae Brissett 1:29
Team Stats
Points 70 84
Field Goals 28-70 (40.0%) 28-68 (41.2%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 3-16 (18.8%)
Free Throws 7-12 (58.3%) 25-30 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 37 51
Offensive 8 14
Defensive 21 31
Team 8 6
Assists 14 11
Steals 7 6
Blocks 3 8
Turnovers 12 14
Fouls 24 18
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
23 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Morehead State 1-2 304070
home team logo 16 Syracuse 2-0 364884
Team Stats
away team logo Morehead State 1-2 82.2 PPG 42.8 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo 16 Syracuse 2-0 72.8 PPG 47.8 RPG 11.0 APG
Key Players
2
J. Walker G 19.6 PPG 2.4 RPG 2.2 APG 50.0 FG%
25
T. Battle G 16.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 2.5 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Walker G 24 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
T. Battle G 23 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
40.0 FG% 41.2
29.2 3PT FG% 18.8
58.3 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Walker 36 24 3 1 1 0 2 3 9/18 6/10 0/0 0 3
L. Harris 24 14 9 2 0 0 3 3 7/13 0/1 0/0 4 5
M. Green 32 12 4 1 1 0 2 4 6/12 0/0 0/0 1 3
A. Hicks 35 8 2 7 2 1 3 2 2/8 0/3 4/8 0 2
D. Cooper 31 2 5 3 2 0 1 4 0/8 0/6 2/2 1 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Walker 36 24 3 1 1 0 2 3 9/18 6/10 0/0 0 3
L. Harris 24 14 9 2 0 0 3 3 7/13 0/1 0/0 4 5
M. Green 32 12 4 1 1 0 2 4 6/12 0/0 0/0 1 3
A. Hicks 35 8 2 7 2 1 3 2 2/8 0/3 4/8 0 2
D. Cooper 31 2 5 3 2 0 1 4 0/8 0/6 2/2 1 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Wilson 13 5 4 0 1 2 0 3 2/3 1/1 0/0 1 3
M. Riddle 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 0
S. Sukhanov 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 1
D. Henson 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
J. Baker 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Feagin Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stricklen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Shabazz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 201 70 29 14 7 3 12 24 28/70 7/24 7/12 8 21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Battle 39 23 3 3 0 0 1 2 7/15 0/1 9/10 0 3
E. Hughes 35 21 8 2 1 0 1 2 7/15 1/6 6/7 2 6
O. Brissett 36 17 13 2 2 0 3 2 6/19 1/4 4/5 1 12
P. Chukwu 28 14 10 0 1 6 2 4 4/5 0/0 6/8 7 3
B. Boeheim 25 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Battle 39 23 3 3 0 0 1 2 7/15 0/1 9/10 0 3
E. Hughes 35 21 8 2 1 0 1 2 7/15 1/6 6/7 2 6
O. Brissett 36 17 13 2 2 0 3 2 6/19 1/4 4/5 1 12
P. Chukwu 28 14 10 0 1 6 2 4 4/5 0/0 6/8 7 3
B. Boeheim 25 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Sidibe 9 4 8 0 0 1 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 4 4
M. Dolezaj 13 2 0 0 2 0 2 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Carey 15 0 0 2 0 1 4 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Braswell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Balandi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 84 45 11 6 8 14 18 28/68 3/16 25/30 14 31