Carmelo Anthony, who also grabbed a game high 14 boards, led the run with 13 of his 23 points as the Orangemen overcame a poor shooting first half.
Syracuse couldn't pick up the pace from the field, hitting just 13-of-40 in the first half, including Anthony, who only hit 3-of-13. The Orangemen trailed by a point at halftime.
Hakim Warrick scored a game-high 25 points for Syracuse (8-1), and Gerry McNamara added 19, as the Orangemen shot 17-for-19 from the free throw line, 64 percent from the field, in the second half.
Canisius went on a 12-3 run with nine minutes left to play to tie the game at 61 apiece. Hodari Mallory scored six of his 21 points, but the Golden Griffins went ice-cold afterwards, as Mallory only had three points following, a meaningless shot with six second left.
AP Wire reports were used in this recap.
Syracuse surges late, defeats Canisius
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