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Junior Tyler Roberson has career day in revenge win for Syracuse; falls one rebound shy of record

Tyler Roberson brought his A-game in Syracuse's 70-51 victory over 7th-seeded Dayton.

When Tyler Roberson is "plugged in," Syracuse fans witness results such as today's.

The junior forward finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds in SU's 70-51 victory over 10th-seeded Dayton to advance to the Round of 32 on Sunday in St. Louis.

"He was tremendous tonight," Boeheim said after the game.

The Orange will play 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State. The time is TBA. 

Syracuse's size advantage played a huge factor in their blowout win earlier today, "It was definitely an advantage for us," Roberson said postgame. "We were able to limit them to a lot of one (shot) possessions on offense and we got a lot of second-chance points. That played a huge part in us winning."

We've seen performances from Roberson of this magnitude before. Back on January 18, Syracuse upset then-20th-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor. Roberson scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds that night, solidifying himself in the conversation of top rebounders in the country. 

"Robey is one of the top rebounders in the country, especially on the offensive glass," senior guard Trevor Cooney told earlier this season. "Words cannot explain how valuable that is to us."

After Dayton upset the Orange two years ago in Buffalo, the revenge was sweet today, Roberson said. 

"We're just taking it a day at a time. So tomorrow, we'll practice and get ready for Michigan State or Middle Tennessee State and prepare for them and get ready. But yeah, this definietly felt good after what happened a last time we were here." 

"[Roberson] was amazing on the glass," freshman Tyler Lydon said after the game. "That's been one of our goals all season, just getting after it. Everyone came to play tonight."

"Robey had a crazy game tonight," according to Malachi Richardson, who scored a game-high 21 points. "He had 18 rebounds, a double-double I think and played excellent tonight."

Roberson fell one rebound short or Derrick Coleman's Syracuse NCAA Tournament record of 19, which he achieved back in 1987. 

The 6-foot-8 junior finished with his seventh double-double of the season. 


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