Syracuse overcomes slow start to beat USF 55-44

Syracuse overcomes slow start to beat USF 55-44
January 6, 2013, 2:20 pm
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Syracuse's C.J. Fair, left, dunks past South Florida's Anthony Collins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brandon Triche had 20 points and James Southerland scored 12 of his 17 in the second half Sunday to help No. 7 Syracuse overcome a slow start and win its Big East road opener 55-44 over South Florida.

C.J. Fair had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Orange (14-1, 2-0), who won for the fourth straight time following a four-point loss to Temple.

South Florida (9-4, 0-1) trimmed what had been an 11-point deficit to 47-42 with six minutes remaining, however the Bulls were held to one basket the rest of the way.

Southerland's long 3-pointer put Syracuse up 50-42. Triche followed with a driving layup and a pair of free throws to push the lead back to double-digits.

Victor Rudd led USF with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jawanza Poland finished with 12 points.