Syracuse improves to 2-0 with 75-45 win over Niagara at the Dome (full coverage)

It wasn’t without controversy, but the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team handled the Niagara Purple Eagles by a final score of 75-45 inside the Carrier Dome on Thursday night. Quincy Guerrier led the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the 2-3 zone stymied Greg Paulus’ Niagara team.

Prior to tip it was announced that one member of the Syracuse team tested positive for COVID-19 and would not play. Buddy Boeheim, Chaz Owens and Bourama Sidibe never came out of the tunnel. Mike Waters of Syracuse.com reported that the younger Boeheim did not test positive, but was part of the contact trace group.

With Boeheim out, Kadary Richmond started in his place. Alan Griffin also made his first start at as Marek Dolezaj supplanted the injured Bourama Sidibe and slid to the center, joining Joe Girard and Guerrier as the starting five.

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Syracuse returns to Jim Boeheim Court on Thursday, Dec. 3 to host Niagara at 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange are 1-0 after their victory over Bryant last Friday, while Thursday’s contest is the season opener for the Purple Eagles.

Syracuse and Niagara will meet for the 83rd time. The Orange own a 54-28 advantage in the all-time series.

The Purple Eagles visited Syracuse last season, marking the first meeting between the schools since 2000. Elijah Hughes led a group of four ‘Cuse players scoring in double figures in scoring with 19 points as the Orange posted a 71-57 victory.

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