Joseph, Onuaku Lead No. 3 Syracuse Over Providence

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Joseph, Onuaku Lead No. 3 Syracuse Over Providence

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Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Kris Joseph and Arinze Onuaku highlighted Syracuse's dominant frontcourt with a combined 43 points and 14 rebounds, as the third-ranked Orange used a big second half to post an 85-68 victory over Providence at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse (22-1, 9-1 Big East) secured the best start in school history by outscoring Providence 48-34 in the final 20 minutes for its ninth straight win since losing to Pittsburgh on January 2nd.

Joseph scored a career-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds, while Onuaku logged 20 and seven for the Orange, who shot an eye-popping 57.6 percent from the field. Brandon Triche netted 15 points in the rout.

Jamine Peterson had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Vincent Council added 16 points and nine assists for the Friars (12-10, 4-6), who have lost four of their last five contests.

Syracuse pounded the ball inside during an 11-0 run early in the contest, as Onuaku bookended the spurt with a pair of layups, the latter giving the hosts an 18-8 lead just over seven minutes in.

Council was able to score the final eight points of the opening half to keep the Friars within 37-34 at the break.

Onuaku again fronted a 22-5 push to begin the second stanza, as the senior scored eight points down low over the seven-plus-minute stretch.

Triche added a three-pointer in the game-altering run and ended it with another layup for a 59-39 cushion that was never in doubt.

The Orange were 21-1 only one other time in their history (1979-80)...Wes Johnson was held to eight on 3-of-8 shooting and sat for much of the second half after taking a hard fall in the opening stanza for Syracuse, which improved to 14-1 at home this season...Onuaku, who made 10-of-12 from the field, also recorded four blocks, and Rick Jackson had seven assists for the Orange...Marshon Brooks ended with 14 points for the Friars.

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