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Syracuse closes non-conference schedule with 71-57 win over Niagara (full coverage)

Now comes the hard part.

The Syracuse men’s basketball team finished the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday with a relatively comfortable win against the weakest opponent it will play this season.

he Orange scored the first 10 points and, despite not playing particularly well, were never in danger of losing, dispatching Niagara 71-57 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night.

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Elijah Hughes flirted with a a triple-double as Syracuse moved to 8-5 on the season.

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Syracuse plays its final game in 2019 when it hosts Niagara on Saturday, Dec. 28 in the Carrier Dome. Tip off in the final non-conference game of the season is set for 7 p.m.

Syracuse enjoyed a seven-day holiday break after defeating North Florida, 82-70, last Saturday in the Dome. Five members of the Orange reached double figures in scoring, including senior Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points. Junior Marek Dolezaj finished with 17 points, while sophomore Buddy Boeheim added 16 points. Junior Bourama Sidibe led Syracuse’s efforts on the boards with eight rebounds.

Niagara enters Saturday’s game on a three-game losing streak and a 2-8 overall record. The Purple Eagles lost at Buffalo, 92-72, last Saturday.

Three players average double figures in scoring for Niagara. James Towns leads the way with a 15.2 points-per-game average. The group includes Raheem Solomon (12.0 ppg.) and Marcus Hammond (11.2 ppg.). Towns also leads the Purple Eagles in rebounding (3.7 rpg.).

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