Syracuse comfortably advances to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament with a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan. The 3rd seeded Orange look like the heavily favored team right from the get go, as they jump out to a 40-21 halftime lead over the 14th seeded Broncos.
Trevor Cooney regains his 3-point stroke, knocking down a trio of jumpers in the first half and joining Tyler Ennis in double figures through the first twenty minutes. In fact, the Cuse backcourt outscores the entire Western Michigan team 23-21 in the first half.
The Orange take their foot off the gas a little after the break, but they hold a comfortable 20+-point lead throughout the second half and end up shooting 49 percent for the game.
SU’s next game is against Dayton, in Buffalo again, on Saturday. Game time is yet to be determined. The Flyers knocked off Ohio State by the final of 60-59 in the day’s first game at the First Niagara Center. Syracuse is 1-1 against Dayton all time, having split a pair of meetings in the 1970s.