Temple 76 at Syracuse 82

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No. 23 Syracuse pulls past Temple late 82-76
Monday, Dec 16, 2013

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)—Brittney Sykes scored 11 of her 20 points in the second half as No. 23 Syracuse pulled away from stubborn Temple 82-76 Monday night.

The Owls (5-3) had pulled to within 68-66 when Meghan Roxas hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 left. Sykes answered for Syracuse (9-1) with a three-point play and a layup. In between, Rachel Coffey hit a 3-pointer and the Orange lead was back to 10, 77-67, with little more than a minute to go.

Shakeya Leary led Syracuse with 24 points, Brianna Butler 13, and Coffey 11.

Syracuse led by 11 at halftime but hit a five-minute dry spell afterward. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored eight of her career-high 28 points in a Temple 16-4 run, including two 3-pointers, to come within 49-48. For the next five minutes the teams traded the lead four times.

Natasha Thames added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Erica Coville 12 points for Temple.

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Feyonda Fitzgerald Feyonda Fitzgerald
8-19,  28 Pts
6 Rebs, 5 Assists
 Syracuse
Shakeya Leary Shakeya Leary
11-20,  24 Pts
13 Rebs, 0 Assists

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