March Madness 2013 bracket, Syracuse vs. Montana: Syracuse dominates in 81-34 victory


The Syracuse Orange put on a clinic against the Montana Grizzlies and will advance to face the California Golden Bears.

The Syracuse Orange cruised through the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as they dismantled the Montana Grizzlies, 81-34. Syracuse will face the California Golden Bears in the next round of tournament play.

Syracuse was led by Brandon Triche's 20 points on 83 percent shooting. Triche was lights-out from the field, making five of his six shots from the field and both of his three-point field goal attempts as the Orange dominated the Grizzlies. Michael Carter-Williams played to his strengths, keeping his field goal attempts down but making plays as he racked up nine assists.

As a team, Syracuse shot 52.9 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from long distance. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, only put up a 20.4 shooting percentage from the field while going 4-for-31 from three-point range.

The Orange outplayed the Grizzlies and had more rebounds, assists, blocks and steals -- of course, leading to a big edge in the most important statistic: points scored.

Syracuse steamrolled their opponent and will face Cal, who upset the UNLV Runnin' Rebels Thursday to advance to the next round, on Saturday.

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