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Syracuse survives scare from Buffalo, 81-74

Frank Howard hit a clutch three pointer to put Syracuse back in the lead for good with three minutes left against Buffalo on Tuesday night (Matt Hauswirth)

In the current stage of college basketball, the parity is more evident than ever. That said, a win over Buffalo by any amount of points is a good win.

Syracuse survived a late charge from the Bulls 81-74 in front of more than 17 thousand fans at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange led by as many as 13 in the second half before Buffalo took a one point lead at several points.

Every time Buffalo put the Orange against the wall, Syracuse fought back including a key three-pointer from Frank Howard that turned a one-point Bulls lead into a two point Orange advantage with three minutes left.

Oshae Brissett scored a career high 25 points for a second straight night on a clutch 16-16 shooting from the free throw line in the win.

Brissett was a perfect 6-6 from the line in the game's final moments.

It's a solid win for Syracuse, even if the casual fan doesn't know much about the Bulls

Buffalo sports an RPI in the 60's which makes it Syracuse's second strongest win (on paper) and the Bulls gave a top-20 team in Cincinnati a run for its money back in November.

Indeed, the Bulls will contend for an NCAA Tournament spot by way of winning the MAC.

For Syracuse, the Orange is 10-1 so far on the season, a far cry from the 7-4 mark after 11 games last year.

The Orange has one of its toughest tests of the preseason next in another mid-major that is a lot better than people think.

St. Bonaventure comes calling on Friday night, the Bonnies are 8-2 on the year and beat Buffalo 73-62 earlier this month. Just like Syracuse, St. Bonaventure also beat Maryland by two points.

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