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Syracuse comes alive in second half to beat Drexel, 75-60 (full coverage)

Syracuse used an 8-0 run to start the second half to push past Drexel on Sunday as the Orange topped the Dragons 75-60. Trailing by one at the half, Cole Swider drilled a three on Syracuse’s first possession after intermission and gave the Orange a lead it would not relinquish. Drexel would not get closer than five the rest of the way.

Buddy Boeheim had a game high 23 points on 8-16 shooting including 3-6 from beyond the arc to go along with four assists. Jimmy Boeheim added 14 points and four rebounds. Joe Girard hit all three of his three point attempts on his way to 11 points, five assists and three steals. Cole Swider filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals. Jesse Edwards contributed eight points, four rebounds and four blocks. Frank Anselem had six points and six rebounds off the bench.

In the first half, Syracuse missed several open shots while Drexel made seven three pointers to give the Dragons the edge. Syracuse was better on both ends in the second half and was able to improve to 2-0 on the season. Drexel fell to 1-1.

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The Orange look to add on to a successful season opener when they take on Drexel in the Dome tonight. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m.

Syracuse opened its regular season with a 97-63 win against Lafayette. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Joseph Girard III, who contributed 20 points and seven assists. He was five-of-five on his 3-point attempts.

The Dragons were also impressive in their season-opening performance, downing Neumann 103-74 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Drexel won the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament title last March and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.

Syracuse and Drexel have met four times with the Orange having won all but one of those encounters. The teams have not met since 2010, when Syracuse defeated Drexel 93-65.

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