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Syracuse suffers first loss of season to Tennessee in Maui Invitational opener (full coverage)

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team was defeated for the first time this season, dropping a 73-56 contest to No. 7 Tennessee in the opening round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday afternoon.

Syracuse (3-1) kept pace with the Volunteers (4-0) in the first half, as the Orange trailed by a score of 30-25 after 20 minutes of play. However, Tennessee pulled away in the second stanza, outscoring SU 43-31 to earn the victory. 


Chris Bell led the Orange in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Judah Mintz poured in 15 points. JJ Starling netted nine, while Benny Williams added eight off the bench.

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Syracuse will play No. 11 Gonzaga on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

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