Rutgers starts well, loses to No. 7 Syracuse 78-53

Updated: January 2, 2013, 11:32 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Rutgers coach Mike Rice said it felt good to be back.

Sort of.

Returning to the bench after a three-game, 16-day suspension for inappropriate behavior and language, Rice had his Scarlet Knights sensing something special against No. 7 Syracuse when they took a 20-18 lead on Eli Carter's runner in the lane with just over 8 minutes remaining in the first half Wednesday night.

Hope turned to despair in the blink of an eye as the Orange reeled off 21 straight points ...

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