Bat­tle pow­ers No. 16 Syra­cuse

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

Tyus Bat­tle scored

23 points, Eli­jah Hughes had 21 and No. 16 Syra­cuse beat More­head State 84-70 on Satur­day night in Syra­cuse, N.Y.

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 also had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 14 points and 10 re­bounds.

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.

Syra­cuse out­re­bounded the out­manned Ea­gles 5137 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 jumped to a 25-11 lead on the strength of Bris­sett’s 12 points, but the Ea­gles went on a 16-3 run, keyed by three steals, to make it 28-27 with about five min­utes left in the first half.

The Or­ange had a 36-30 ad­van­tage at the break.

Scare for Washington: Washington got a scare when its team bus blew a tire and caught fire Fri­day night af­ter the Huskies’ 88-66 loss at No. 11 Auburn.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred about 15 miles out­side of Mont­gomery, Ala., The Seat­tle Times re­ported.

Play­ers were forced to evac­u­ate the bus, but a school spokesper­son said there were no in­juries.

Post­pone­ment: The game be­tween Cal State Northridge and Pep­per­dine was post­poned be­cause of wild­fires af­fect­ing the Mal­ibu cam­pus.

A makeup date hasn’t been set for the game that was to be played Satur­day night.

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