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Syracuse blows out Brown in return from COVID pause (full coverage)

Syracuse dominated the start of both halves and cruised to an 93-62 victory over Brown Monday night in the Carrier Down. The Orange improved to 6-5 with the win, while the Bears fell to 8-6.

The Orange started out on fire to open the game, making five of its first six three pointers on its way to a 16-4 lead less than five minutes into the game. With just a six point halftime advantage, Syracuse came out hot to open the second half as well. going on a 17-4 run to put the game out of reach. Syracuse would cruise the rest of the way to earn its sixth win of the season.

Brown did fight back in the second half, partially aided by some missed free throws by Syracuse. A few made outside shots and the double digit lead was trimmed down to six at intermission. Despite that, Syracuse forced 12 first half turnovers and held the Bears to just 32 first half points. In the second half, Syracuse was active and energetic on both ends for the full 20 minutes as its dominance was asserted.

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Syracuse (5-5 overall) returns to action for the first time since Dec. 11 when it hosts Brown (8-5) Monday at 6:00 p.m.

The Orange look to recover from a 79-75 loss to Georgetown in their last game on December 11. Although all five Syracuse starters scored in double digits in the tight contest, they came up just shy of securing the win.

The Bears are also coming off a two-week stretch with no games after nine games throughout November. In their most recent game on Dec. 10, Brown lost to Vermont, 70-65.

The two teams will meet for eighth time on Monday night. Syracuse leads the series, 4-3, with the last matchup, dating back 35 years ago to March of 1986. The Orange won that encounter, which was an NCAA Tournament pairing.