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Second half slump dooms Indiana in loss to Syracuse

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For a moment at the end of the first half, it appeared that a young Indiana team might be ready to grow up fast.

With 2:16 to go in the opening half, freshman Troy Williams sprinted down the lane and slammed down a miss for the slam to cut No. 4 Syracuse’ once ten point lead down to one.

It seemed as if it could be a major moment in the Hoosiers’ Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night and perhaps signal to potential upset.

But in final 22 minutes, the Orange showed why Tom Crean still has some teaching to do with his young Hoosiers.

In the second half Syracuse roared ahead of Indiana by outscoring them 36-23 en route to a 69-52 victory that hands the Hoosiers their second loss of the season.

Led by Trevor Cooney’s 21 points and Tyler Ennis’ 17, the Orange went on a 24-3 second half run that turned the once close game into a rout. During a 12 minute stretch in the second half, the Hoosiers failed to hit a field goal as their record falls to 6-2.

Freshman Noah Vonleh led Indiana with 17 points while Yogi Ferrell added 12.