Syracuse hands Ohio State first loss of season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tyus Battle scored 20 points and Elijah Hughes added 18 to help Syracuse upset No. 16 Ohio State 72-62 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night for the Orange’s second straight victory.

Syracuse improved to 4-2 on the season by shooting 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point land.

C.J. Jackson had 19 points for Ohio State, and Kaleb Wesson contributed 13, as the Buckeyes (6-1) lost for the first time this season.

Much of the game was a battle of fouls and foul shots, as the Orange finished with nearly as many personal fouls (28) as it did rebounds (29), with Bourama Sidibe, Frank Howard and Marek Dolezaj all fouling out.

But an 11-0 Orange run over 3:24 in the second half put the game away.

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Ohio State battled tough but could not get past the Orange’s zone and strong shooting. Syracuse sent the Buckeyes to the line 33 times off 28 fouls, but hit its shots when it mattered most.

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