Syracuse upsets No. 12 Texas A&M 78-63

The Associated Press
Texas A&M's Curtyce Knox, left, aims for the basket as Syracuse's Brianna Butler defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Thomas Layer)

Syracuse upsets No. 12 Texas A&M 78-63

Texas A&M's Curtyce Knox, left, aims for the basket as Syracuse's Brianna Butler defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Thomas Layer)

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Briana Butler scored a career-high 29 points as Syracuse beat No. 12 Texas A&M 78-63 to win the Paradise Jam Reef Division title.

Syracuse (8-0) closed the first half on a 16-5 run, going into the break with a 38-27 advantage. Butler drilled two 3-pointers during the stretch.

Texas A&M (4-2) got the lead as close as 55-46 after a pair of Courtney Walker free throws. Butler answered for the Orange. She hit a 3-pointer, blocked a layup on the defensive end and hit another trey on the ensuing possession.

The Aggies wouldn't get the lead into single digits again. A&M struggled from 3-point range, going 1 for 11.

Butler finished 9 of 14 from the field, including 7 of 12 from long range. Brittney Sykes added 15 and Shakeya Leary 14.

Walker paced the Aggies with a career-high 26, and Achiri Ade added 14.

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