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Syracuse buries 15 three pointers in 87-52 win over Rider (full coverage)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team cruised to its third win of the season, handling Rider by a final score of 87-52 in the Broncs’ first game of the season. The Orange tied a program record with 15 made 3-pointers and moved to 3-0 on the season.

Syracuse was once again without Buddy Boeheim, who was named to the contract-trace group after a walk-on tested positive for COVID-19. Bourama Sidibe was out after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

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Syracuse has a quick turnaround after Thursday night’s victory as it returns to the Carrier Dome to host Rider on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. It marks the end of the Orange’s three-game homestand to start the season.

Saturday’s game will be the season opener for Rider, which finished last season an 18-12 mark. The Broncs lost more than 87.6 percent of their scoring from 2019-20, which ranks second in the nation behind Kentucky (94 percent).

Head coach Kevin Baggett is in his ninth year at the helm of the Rider program. He earned the MAAC Coach of the Year award in 2015 and 2018.

Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of the only other meeting between Syracuse and Rider. The Orange defeated the Broncs, 72-54, in Syracuse on Dec. 5, 1950.

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