The Syracuse Orange (3-0) defeated the Texas Southern Tigers (0-4) 80-67 to win their third straight game to open the season, while extending the Tigers’ losing streak.
If there was ever a question of who the Orange could trust if their leading scorer, Tyus Battle, wasn’t in the game, that question got answered in the first half: Geno Thorpe.
Thorpe averaged seven points through the first two games of the season. When Battle left the game against the Tigers with two fouls with just under 10 minutes left in the first half, Thorpe took over. He led all Syracuse scorers in the first half with 13 points.