SYRACUSE, NY (AP) Tyus Battle scored 13 of its 18 points in the second half, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard scored 15 apiece and Syracuse stopped Maryland 72-70 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge on Monday for the night. 19659002] It was the first real game of the season for Maryland (6-2), which was playing its third game in four nights and was coming off a two-point loss to St. Bonaventure on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald. Coast Clbadic. Syracuse (6-0) has won its last four against the Terps.
Battle, Orange's top scorer, suffered a lump in the lower back in a victory over Toledo on Wednesday night, but was in the starting lineup and played 37 minutes.
The Terps squandered an eight-point lead in the second half in the loss to San Buenaventura, but this game was difficult everywhere. Syracuse had the biggest advantage in the second half, 56-52 with 8:59 to play, and was reduced to the final seconds.
Kevin Huerter had 23 points to lead Maryland, going 7 of 9 from long range. Bruno Fernando had 13 points, while Anthony Cowan had 11.
The second 3-point play by Brissett gave Orange a 63-61 lead with 4:33 to play, and when Fernando made only 1 of 2 shots free, the Orange kept their slim advantage.
Battle then hit a runner in the lane before Huerter dredged his sixth 3, hitting again from the top of the key to give Maryland a 66-65 lead with 1:43 remaining.
Battle responded by draining a 3 from the left corner, the first and only Orange mark in the middle, to give Syracuse the lead with 59 seconds left.
Maryland then fell prey to his flagrant weakness, committing two turnovers in the final seconds, and Orange escaped just after Huerter sank his seventh 3 with 7.2 seconds left.
The Terps kept the game tight with an efficient long-range shot, scoring 10 of 22. When Huerter drained his quarter 3 with 12:32 to play. giving Maryland a 52-50 lead, the Terps were 8 of 17 long-range, while Syrac's use had hit only 2 of 14.
Maryland had outrebounded all the teams he had played and entered the game. game with a rebound margin of over 14.7 to be placed third nationwide. The Orange outscored the Terps 21-15 in the first half, 12-6 in the offensive glbad and finished with an advantage of 39-33, 19-13 offensively.
Both teams took turns leading in a tight but sloppy first half, which featured 19 combined turnovers. Orange had the biggest boost, using an 8-0 run at the end of the period, a Brissett lead that gave Syracuse the biggest lead of the period 32-25 with 5:12 remaining.
Huerter hit a pair of 3 to give the Terps, the lead before Howard threw a nice ball over a defender to Paschal Chukwu for a simple badault and Marek Dolezaj hit a basket on the last touch to give Syracuse an advantage of 36-35 at halftime.  BIG PICTURE
Maryland: The Terps have to take better care of the ball. One of its weaknesses has been the turnovers: they entered the game with a negative rotation margin of 5.6, and they had 11 in the first half and 18 in the game.
Syracuse: The Orange entered the game with 36.6 percent from behind the game. arch and had trouble finding his rank. They completed 2 of 13 in the first half and finished 3 of 18. Last year's team relied on the triple, but this one is bigger and more suitable for the inside game.
Maryland hosts rival Big Ten Purdue on Friday night.
Syracuse, which will hit the road for the first time, plays No. 2 Kansas at the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Saturday.
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