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No. 9 Syracuse beats Alcorn State 57-36

Updated: December 29, 2012, 11:32 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse was firing and missing and Marquiz Baker was hitting everything he tried as Alcorn State dared to dream of an upset.

Then Trevor Cooney hit a pair of 3-pointers and two driving layups, and the ninth-ranked Orange pulled away for a 57-36 over the Braves on Saturday night in the final game of the Gotham Classic.

Syracuse had opened the door by missing its first nine shots of the second half and eight straight points by Baker -- a pair of 3-pointers and a steal ...

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