SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 21 points, Geno Thorpe added 13 and Syracuse went on a 29-6 halftime-spanning run to overpower Texas Southern 80-67 on Saturday night.
Frank Howard had 12 points and eight assists, Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj had career highs with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Syracuse (3-0). Oshae Brissett, who made just 2 of 12 from the field, had 10 rebounds for the Orange.
Donte Clark led the Tigers (0-4) with 20 points. Robert Lewis scored 13, Trayvon Reed had 12 points, Kevin Scott added 11 and Derrick Bruce 10.
Lewis tied the game at 24-all on a floater, but the Orange outscored the Tigers 14-6 to close the half with a 38-30 lead, then scored the first 15 second-half points and led by double figures thereon. Battle, who had 23 second-half points against Cornell in the season opener, had 16 after the break on Saturday.
The Tigers took an early 7-2 lead as Syracuse missed its first seven shots, but Battle hit a 3 and then made two free throws before a layup by Sidibe gave the Orange their first lead about 4+ minutes in.
Battle picked up two fouls and left the game with about 10 minutes to go in the first half but, with the Tigers leading 20-18, Thorpe scored eight of Syracuse's next 11 points - on three 3-pointers and a floater - to give the Orange a 30-24 lead. Thorpe was 5 of 6 from the field, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, while scoring 13 first-half points.
Texas Southern: The Tigers gave Syracuse a game for much of the first half but Syracuse's superior athletic ability took over. Things get even more difficult with a game against Kansas coming up. Coach Mike Davis will have to do his best to motivate the Tigers.
Syracuse: Geno Thorpe gave Syracuse a big boost in his first solid game for the Orange. His offense gives the Orange another dimension.
The Tigers jump from the frying pan and into the fire as they head to Kansas Tuesday to face the No. 5 Jayhawks. It will be Texas Southern's fifth consecutive road game-with seven more to go until the team's first home game Jan. 1.
Syracuse has a strong test Monday at the Carrier Dome against Oakland. It would have been an even bigger challenge, however, Golden Grizzlies forward Jalen Hayes will be serving the last of a four-game suspension. He averaged 15.9 points and 8.0 rebounds a game last season.

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