Jacksonville Sports Day

UNF: No. 22 Syracuse Holds Off Ospreys

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange found their 3-point shooting stroke where they left it — at the Carrier Dome.

The 22nd-ranked Orange sank 13 of 24 3-point attempts (54.2 percent) Saturday afternoon as they built a 24-point lead and held on for a 77-71 win over the North Florida Ospreys before 22,372 fans at the Dome.

The Orange (5-2) shot 45.7 percent from beyond the arc in their first four games at the Dome, but then shot only 27.8 percent from 3-point range in road losses against 20th-ranked South Carolina and 17th-ranked Wisconsin.

North Florida senior guard Dallas Moore, the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, led all scorers with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting (6 for 13 from 3-point range). Nick Malonga added 12 points for the Ospreys while Romelo Banks and Wajid Aminu each grabbed 10 rebounds as North Florida (3-7) held a 41-33 edge on the boards.
Moore, who is drawing attention from NBA scouts, scored eight points in the first half on 3-for-9 shooting. But he warmed up in the second half and led North Florida’s comeback as he shot 7 for 10 from the field and 4 for 7 from 3-point range in the second half.

Fifth-year transfer Andrew White (team-high 26 points) and freshman guard Tyus Battle (19) combined for 45 points against North Florida on 15-for-22 shooting, including 11 for 18 from beyond the arc against the Ospreys’ zone.

“If you move the ball in the zone, it’s impossible to not get an open shot at some point,” said White, who sank 7 of 13 3-point shots and is shooting 41.7 percent from long range this season. “Coach (Jim Boeheim) just gives me the green light and encourages me to shoot, so I was taking a couple of deep shots, they felt really good and I got a couple to go, and my teammates kept looking for me.”

Orange point guard Frank Howard had 10 points and a career-high 13 assists with just two turnovers and center DaJuan Coleman scored a career-high 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

“I just had to see the ball go in a couple of times,” Moore said. “I was struggling in the beginning because they’re so long, but after a while I got adjusted, my teammates found me and I started to knock down shots.”

Moore’s left shoulder was bothering him after the game, and North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll said Moore would be taken to the hospital for X-rays as a precautionary measure.

Syracuse outscored the Ospreys 23-6 at the end of the first half and start of the second half and built its lead to 24 (56-32) at the 12-minute mark of the second half. The Orange then inserted its bench players, and Moore led a 36-17 run that enabled the Ospreys to pull within five with one minute remaining.

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