Brown’s hastily scheduled tilt at Syracuse went south quickly in the second half, as the Orange powered their way to a 93-62 win Monday.
The Orange (6-5, 1-0 ACC) went on a tear after the Bears (8-6, 0-0 Ivy) clawed their way from an early hole to get within 38-32 at halftime of the clash scheduled as a COVID-19 replacement date after games against Lehigh and Cornell were postponed due to the pandemic.
Syracuse’s revised zone stifled Bruno while the Orange exploded for 55 second-half points, shooting 13-for-21 (61.9%) from deep while the Bears mustered just a 29% shooting clip from long range (9-for-31).
Only rookie guard Kino Lilly got into double figures for Brown, posting 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The Bears never led. Senior guard Buddy Boeheim overwhelmed Bruno with a game-high 28 points, and Cornell transfer Jimmy Boeheim notched 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Next up for Syracuse is Cornell Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, while Brown is headed for Maryland Thursday.