Rapid Reaction: Syracuse 81, Montana 34

March, 22, 2013
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Syracuse dominated Montana from bell to bell. Here are some thoughts on the Orange's 81-34 win.

Overview: When the higher-seeded team shoots well and the underdog shoots terribly, well, that's a recipe for a final count like this one.

Turning point: When Syracuse opened a 15-3 lead to begin the game, looking physically dominant in the process, you had a pretty good idea this one wouldn't get terribly tense.

Key player: Syracuse guard Brandon Triche finished with a game-high 20 points on 5-for-6 shooting. He added four assists and five steals. He was a lot better than the guards opposing him.

Key stat: Let's talk field goal percentages. Syracuse shot 52.9 percent from the field. Montana shot 20.4 percent. The Grizzlies were 4-of-31 from 3-point range (12.9 percent). The Orange shot 20 fewer 3s and made five. Do we really need to say more?

Next: Syracuse will face No. 12 seed California on Saturday with a spot in the Sweet 16 at stake. The Bears slipped by UNLV 64-61 on Thursday.

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