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Syracuse cruises past Albany

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - James Southerland and Kris Joseph each scored 19 points to lead No. 5 Syracuse to a 98-74 victory over Albany in the quarterfinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Baye Keita added 14 points for the Orange (3-0), who shot 53 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle, 47-29.

Gerardo Suero paced the Great Danes (1-2) with 31 points, while Logan Aronhalt chipped in 20 points in defeat.

Syracuse's Fab Melo broke a 16-16 tie seven minutes into the game with a layup, subsequently starting a 14-2 run that Southerland highlighted with eight points.

Albany did not hit a field goal in the final four minutes of the half, and Dion Waiters' layup in the final minute gave the Orange a healthy 51-34 lead.

Scoop Jardine made a three-pointer during a nine-point flurry early in the second half that extended the margin to 62-37 with 16 minutes to play.

The difference never dipped below 16 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Syracuse has won all nine meetings against Albany...The Orange outscored Albany, 60-20, in the paint...Melo contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

11/15 23:20:16 ET