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Syracuse 61 - Cornell 44: Orange Take Down Big Red, Win Third Straight

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For the 35th straight time, Syracuse beat Cornell.

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Despite an ugly first half in which they shot just 37 percent and scored only 23 points, the Syracuse Orange finished non-conference play by defeating the Cornell Big Red, 61-44, on Wednesday night.

Syracuse's first-half shooting woes were rendered unimportant thanks to Cornell's game-long offensive ineptitude. The Big Red shot only 18 percent, went 4-of-22 from deep, and committed 18 turnovers.

The Orange were led by Rakeem Christmas, who had game-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds. Trevor Cooney added 14 points, while Chris McCullough managed six points and seven rebounds. Shonn Miller had 12 points for the Big Red.

Syracuse improved to 9-4 with the win and to 8-1 at home. The Orange next head to Blacksburg, Va., where they'll meet the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday.

Stay tuned for more recapping to come later this evening, but until then, leave your postgame thoughts here.

So long, non-conference play. And so long, 2014. Happy New Year, Syracuse fans!