Opening tourney win ‘nothing new’ for Syracuse


Syracuse did exactly what you’re supposed to do during NCAA tournament time, survive and advance.

The Orange erased a 7-point second half deficit to rally for a 60-56 win over Arizona State on Wednesday night and in the process clinched a spot in the round of 64.

“This game was like every game we’ve played this year,” head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “It’s nothing new.  We made the plays at the end that we had to make.”

Tyus Battle was once again in the middle of everything draining a clutch 3-pointer with under two minutes remaining to give Syracuse a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“I love opportunities like that,” Battle said.  “Time running down, ball in my hands, I live for those moments.”

The Sun Devils did have a chance for a game-winning 3-pointer late, but Shannon Evans’ shot rimmed out.

Syracuse will now turn their attention to TCU.  That one is set for Friday night at 9:40pm from Detroit.

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