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Syracuse Gets Blowout Win Over Montana To Open 2013 NCAA Tournament

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 21: Brandon Triche #20 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates with teammates Baye Keita #12, Michael Carter-Williams #1 and assistant coach Gerry McNamara late in the game against Montana Grizzlies during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at HP Pavilion on March 21, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After getting shutdown in the second half of the Big East Championship, Syracuse came flying out of the gate to open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, hammering No. 13-seed Montana 81-34.

Brandon Triche led the way with 20 points, four assists and four steals, followed by 13 points from C.J. Fair.

With the game outcome not in doubt, DeJuan Coleman saw 15 minutes of action and tallied a dozen points and six boards.

The Grizzlies had four players with five points, and none in double digits.

‘Cuse, the East Region’s fourth-seed, will play the 12th-seeded California on Saturday after the Golden Bears upset UNLV.

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