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Syracuse defense rises, Orange beat WMU 77-53

NCAA Tournament

Syracuse forward Jerami Grant dunks the ball against Western Michigan during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The zone is purring again for Syracuse — and so is Trevor Cooney.
Cooney scored 18 points, breaking out of a long slump, fellow guard Tyler Ennis had 16, and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse (28-5), the third seed in the South Regional, will play 11th-seeded Dayton (24-10) on Saturday. Dayton beat Ohio State 60-59 on Thursday.
Western Michigan (23-10), the Mid-American Conference champion, had won 14 of 16 games and was in the NCAA tournament for the first time ...


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