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Syracuse beats Carleton in exhibition basketball

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OTTAWA —The Syracuse men’s basketball team battled back from a 15-point deficit and outscored the three-time defending Canadian national champions Carleton for a 69-65 overtime victory in an exhibition game Friday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Orange trailed 47-32 with less than 15 minutes to play in the second half, but used a 14-0 run to get back in the game with four points apiece from sophomores Jerami Grant and Michael Gbinije and senior Baye Moussa Keita. SU tied the game for the first time at 54-54 after two Grant free throws and took its first lead of the game moments later on redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney’s jumper from the elbow that closed a 10-2 run with 3:54 left in the second.

In the extra session, Grant opened the scoring with a three-point play to give Syracuse their largest lead at the time of 62-59. Cooney nailed a three to put SU up 66-61 and Grant hit three key free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the visitors.

Grant returned as the Orange’s leading scorer with 18 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Three other Orange men reached double figures. Freshman Tyler Ennis tallied 15 points, Cooney chipped in with 12 and C.J. Fair went for 11 points and eight rebounds. Fair returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday’s game.

Keita had 11 rebounds and junior Rakeem Christmas six blocks.

Tyson Hinz led Carleton with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Syracuse wraps up its Canadian tour at 7 p.m. today against Ottawa at Montpetit Hall. The game will be broadcast by Time Warner Cable.

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