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even­worse for other teams.”

Eight play­ers scored for Syra­cuse. Bourama Sidibe and Tyus Bat­tle each had eight points, while Marek Dolezaj, Jalen Carey and Eli­jah Hughes had seven apiece.

Tyler Kidd led the Ea­gles with nine points. Jack Perry, the Ea­gles’ lead­ing 3-point shooter a year ago, had three points and shot 1 of 4 from 3.

Syra­cuse had 10 steals and scored 33 points off 19 East­ern Wash­ing­ton turnovers. The Ea­gles were no match for the Orange in size, with no player taller than 6-foot-7.

“We’ve been press­ing the whole time in ex­hi­bi­tion games, and it’s been fairly ef­fec­tive,” Orange coach Jim Boe­heim said. “That was re­ally, I thought, the dif­fer­ence in the game. We got points off the press.”

Both teams were cold from 3. Syra­cuse, which ranked last in 3-point shoot­ing in the ACC last sea­son, hit 3 of 17 while the Orange de­fense held the Ea- Syra­cuse’s Buddy Boe­heim drib­bles past East­ern Wash­ing­ton’s Ty Gib­son, dur­ing the first half of Tues­day’s game. gles to 6 of 35.

The game was tied at 5 when Syra­cuse went on a 23-5 run to end the first half with a 28-10 lead. Never threat­ened, the Orange con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with an 18-3 blitz to start the sec­ond.

The Ea­gles shot 4-of-23 in the first half and missed 11 field goal at­tempts in a row, go­ing al­most 10 min­utes be­tween makes. The Orange weren’t much bet­ter, hit­ting 37 per­cent. The Ea­gles’ 10 points in the first half marked the low­est in the Car­rier Dome since Col- gate scored eight in 2010.

“They did a great job of speed­ing us up, trap­ping us,” said East­ern Wash­ing­ton coach Shan­tay Le­gans. “I didn’t have us pre­pared for their press. If they can de­fend like this and con­test a lot of shots, they’re go­ing to be re­ally good.”

De­fense will have to carry the day for Syra­cuse as Howard con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery from an in­jured leg.

“It’s like if the New Or­leans Saints didn’t have a quar­ter­back that could pass, and they ran ev­ery time, and they had a guy that couldn’t throw, they­wouldn’t be very good,” Boe­heim said. MAK­ING A POINT Two of Syra­cuse’s three in­jured point guards re­turned to ac­tion. Jalen Carey made his Syra­cuse de­but af­ter suf­fer­ing an an­kle sprain in a team scrim­mage, while HowardWash­ing­ton re­turned sooner than ex­pected af­ter suf­fer­ing a torn ACL last Jan­uary. LOS­ING THE BAT­TLE Tyus Bat­tle, Syra­cuse’s lead­ing scorer a year ago, strug­gled as he as­sumed point guard du­ties. He hit just 3 of 10 from the field. BUDDY BALL Boe­heim’s son, Buddy, made his first col­lege start and it was a start he’d rather for­get. An ex­cel­lent out­side shooter, the fresh­man was just 1 of 11 and missed all five tries from be­hind the arc. BIG PIC­TURE East­ern Wash­ing­ton: The Ea­gles knew they had huge shoes to fill with the grad­u­a­tion of lead­ing scorer and Big Sky MVP Bog­dan Bl­iznyuk, and that was re­in­forced against the Orange. The Ea­gles need some­one to step up — and quickly.

Syra­cuse: The Orange had a dou­ble dose of good news with the re­turn of two of their three in­jured point guards, but the of­fense strug­gled at times and ea­gerly awaits the re­turn of Howard, who is a cou­ple of weeks away from­re­turn­ing to the lineup. UP NEXT East­ern Wash­ing­ton: The Ea­gles have an­other tough test Fri­day at No. 14 Ore­gon.

Syra­cuse: The Orange host More­head State on Satur­day in what should be an­other easy tuneup be­fore things get tougher next week with a con­test against UConn.

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