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Syracuse Orange Beat South Florida 55-44 On Brandon Triche’s Strong Finish

SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 3: James Southerland #43 of the Syracuse Orange smiles as he stands on the court in between plays during the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at the Carrier Dome on December 3, 2012 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)
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The Syracuse Orange used strong finishes at the end of each half to score a victory over South Florida on Sunday, 55-44, their first road conference matchup.

After trailing the Bulls 23-18 with five minutes to play in the first half, ‘Cuse ended with a 12-0 run, taking a seven point lead into the break. Then, as a double-digit deficit was cut to five points down the stretch, the Orange outscored USF 8-2 in the final six minutes.

Brandon Triche had a game high 20 points for the seventh-ranked Orange, including 10 in the final 12 minutes of play. James Southerland added 17 points and eight rebounds, and C.J. Fair finished with 10 and 10.

Victor Rudd had a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards for the Bulls (9-4, 0-1) who were hosting their conference opener.

Syracuse (14-1, 2-0) will play at Providence on Wednesday night at 7:00.


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