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Syracuse Basketball Picks Up First Win Over Colgate

In the team's first out of conference test of the young season, Syracuse picked up its first victory of the year against Colgate, 70-54. 

Reaching the 70-point plateau was a welcome sight to Orange fans who watched the team struggle in the season opener against Virginia, mustering just 34 points. 

After a tight first half, the Orange blew the game open in the second frame, opening the half on a 24-9 run.

Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes each knocked down three shots from beyond the arc, scoring 17 and 14 respectively to lead the Orange.

Big man Bourama Sidibe led the team with 14 rebounds and added 12 points along the way to record his third career double-double. 

The Orange were red hot, shooting over 50% from the field, including over 40% from three.

The Syracuse defense held Colgate to just 30% shooting from the field and allowed just two Raiders to score in double figures.

While over 21,000 people packed into the Dome Wednesday night, there was a notable absence in the student section. Student led fan section Otto's Army announced earlier in the day that they would not attend the game. The group cited a desire to protest how the university handled recent racial incidents in an on campus dormitory. It's unclear how long their protest will last.

Syracuse will stay at home though, as they host the Seattle Redhawks on Saturday at 7 p.m.