Second Half Surge: Syracuse uses big rally to take out Southern Connecticut State

Syracuse ended exhibition play 2-0 after earning a comeback win over Southern Connecticut State on Monday night.

Exhibition season is officially in the books for the Syracuse University men's basketball team, as the Orange wrapped up its preseason with a 84-59 win.

However, the final score is a bit misleading.

The game seemed to be controlled by Southern Connecticut State, at least in the first half, anyway.

The Owls led the Orange 29-24 at the break, even racing out to a 11-0 lead to begin the contest.

But that's when Syracuse used a 12-2 run to get back into the game right before halftime.

In the second half, the Orange went to work, exploding for 60 total points during the period.

Tyus Battle once again led the way for the Orange with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Meanwhile, Frank Howard (19 points, 3 assists) and Oshae Brissett (16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) also chipped in, combining for 35 total points on the night.

Matthew Moyer and Bourama Sidibe each tallied eight points, while Sidibe also stuffed the stat sheet with 12 rebounds and five blocks.

"In two games, we've gotten off to really slow starts offensively," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said during his post game press conference. "Not enough movement and a little bit too much reliance on shooting the jump shot. That's not the strong point right now. I think we can make shots, but we don't want to have to start out that way. We just didn't make hustle plays and we didn't rebound, and when that happens and you're not working in this game -- doesn't matter who you're playing -- they were good defensively. They did a good job of staying off us and making us shoot jump shots. They're a good rebounding team. They were a really good rebounding team last year."

The Orange will now shift its focus to the regular season opener Friday night, which is when the Cornell Big Red make the short trip up I-81.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. from inside the Carrier Dome.

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