SYRACUSE, NY (AP) — Tyus Battle scored 26 points, Oshae Brissett had 19 and Syracuse held off Cornell 63-55 Saturday to remain unbeaten at home.
No other players scored in double figures for the Orange (5-2).
Matt Morgan paced Cornell (4-4) with 26 points, including 16 in the second half. He was 6-of-10 from 3 and 9-of-14 overall. Josh Warren added eight. Jimmy Boeheim, son of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, scored nine points and registered six rebounds and four assists. His brother, Buddy, hit a 3-pointer for Syracuse.
Syracuse took its biggest lead at 41-27 on a lay-in by Battle but Cornell stormed back, going on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to close the gap to 41-36 with a little more than 13 minutes to go. Brissett's consecutive 3s, sandwiched around two foul shots by Jimmy Boeheim, gave the Orange a 47-38 lead but Cornell closed to 47-45 on two 3s by Morgan and a free throw by Steven Julian.
Cornell took its first lead at 48-47 on a 3-pointer by Morgan with 7:53 to go. A layup by Marek Dolezaj gave the Orange a 49-48 lead but two free throws by Morgan put Cornell in front, 50-49 with 6:16 to go. A 3-pointer and layup by Battle on a Cornell turnover extended Syracuse's margin to 54-50 with 3:50 remaining.
Elijah Hughes' lay-in and a desperation 3 by Frank Howard, his only points of the game, gave the Orange a 59-52 lead. Battle closed out Syracuse's scoring on a fall-back jumper.
A floater by Morgan gave Cornell a 19-14 lead but the Orange went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to go up 26-19 in the first half. Buddy Boeheim ignited the streak with just his third 3-pointer of the season in 21 attempts. Brissett scored nine consecutive points. Warren's lay-in stopped the run, but Brissett scored on another close-in play, giving him 11 straight points. Battle closed out the first half on a spinner along the baseline and a 3-pointer. Syracuse took a 33-24 halftime lead.
Battle and Brissett accounted for 27 of the Orange's 33 first-half points.
Syracuse's defense forced Cornell into eight first-half turnovers, including three shot-clock violations.
Cornell: There are no moral victories but the Big Red should feel pretty good about itself, not just hanging around Syracuse but taking the lead late in the game, threatening to break Syracuse's 38-game winning streak against the Big Red.
Syracuse: The Orange have work to do. After an impressive road win against Ohio State, Syracuse looked sluggish on offense with only Battle and Brissett doing any damage.
Cornell has a two-week layoff until the Big Red travels to Niagara for a Dec. 16 matchup.
Syracuse hosts Northeastern Tuesday night, its second in a stretch of seven consecutive games at home.