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Second-half surge sends Orange past Alcorn State

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Second-half surge sends Orange past Alcorn State
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ C.J. Fair scored 13 points, Trevor Cooney added 12, all in the second half to key a late surge, and No. 9 Syracuse beat Alcorn State 57-36 on Saturday night in the final game of the Gotham Classic.

It was the 901st win for Orange coach Jim Boeheim, one behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men's coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski leads with 939 wins.

Syracuse (11-1), coming off an 83-79 loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden a week ago, increased its home winning streak to 31 games, longest in the nation. Alcorn State (2-13), which was late arriving because of the weather, dropped to 0-9 on the road in losing its ninth straight.

Marquiz Baker, who had averaged 25.7 in three games since returning from a knee injury that had sidelined him since November of 2011, finished with 15 points to lead the Braves.

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