They responded in the second half by taking the lead in the first 16 seconds and never rescinding it on a strong jump-shooting outing, where both teams made at least 50% of their attempts from three-point range, and the field in general.
Syracuse's opponent, the Pittsburgh Panthers, automatically advanced through the first and second rounds as the Big East's fourth seed, making this match with the Orange their first game of the tournament this postseason.
In their last head-to-head contest, the Panthers bested the Orange, who were without senior forward James Southerland, 65-55.
While Syracuse looks to avenge that loss, Pittsburgh will be working to show why they belong in the Big East's top four.
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