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Carrie Anderson

Tigers Fall To 11th ranked Syracuse

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Jonny Flynn had 24 points and six assists,

Paul Harris added 15 points and eight rebounds and No. 11 Syracuse

beat No. 23 Memphis 72-65 on Saturday night.

Flynn, who was questionable for the game because of an ailing

hip that he hurt in the second half against Canisius on Wednesday,

was 9-of-17 from the field.

Rick Jackson finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for the

Orange (11-1).

Roburt Sallie and Pierre Henderson-Niles led Memphis (6-3) with

12 points apiece, as the Tigers shot 34 percent in the game. They

were just 7-of-33 outside the 3-point arc.

Memphis has lost three of its last five games.

Despite the terrible shooting night, particularly from outside,

Memphis was still within 60-57 with just over 5 minutes to play.

But Syracuse would make enough free throws down the stretch to hold

on for its second straight win, after its only loss of the season

came on a desperation shot by Cleveland State on Monday night.

The Orange were without starting guard Eric Devendorf, the

team's second-leading scorer, who is under university suspension

after he was accused of hitting a female student on Nov. 1.

Syracuse already has wins this season over nationally ranked

Florida and Kansas, last season's national champion.

Meanwhile, Memphis entered the game having lost to ranked teams

Xavier and Georgetown.

Syracuse packed its zone defense into the paint, leaving Memphis

to pass the ball around the perimeter looking for an opening. There

was little reason for the Orange to extend because Memphis made

only one of 15 shots from outside the arc in the first half.

The Orange initially weren't shooting much better, hitting only

one of their first seven shots from 3-point range, but they would

get better as Memphis continued to misfire.

Flynn was the offensive spark for the Orange in the first half.

His 3-pointer from the top of the key stopped Memphis' 9-0 run,

then hit another 3 from near the same spot.

The Orange eventually would close the half on a 15-6 run,

including the last seven points, to carry a 35-33 lead into the

break. Syracuse hit seven of it last 10 shots from the field,

including all three of its 3-pointers.

Flynn finished the half with 12 points.

The two teams remained close in the second half. Memphis coach

John Calipari kept grasping for anyone who could make a shot,

continually shuffling players as Memphis missed 18 of its first 19

from long range. Nothing worked even as Syracuse sloughed off on

defense.

The most success against the zone came from those limited times

where the Tigers were able to force passes into the lane, but that

was rare. Memphis would take a 53-52 lead with 8:50 left, but Flynn

answered the basket and the Orange didn't trail the rest of the

way.

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