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Triche scores 20, No. 7 Syracuse rebounds from slow start to beat South Florida 55-44

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    COIRRECTS YEAR - South Florida's Victor Rudd (2) dunks over Syracuse's Baye Keita during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)The Associated Press

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    Syracuse's C.J. Fair, left, dunks past South Florida's Anthony Collins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)The Associated Press

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    South Florida's Victor Rudd fights to keep the ball from Syracuse's James Southerland during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)The Associated Press

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    Syracuse's Brandon Triche, left, is fouled by South Florida's Toarlyn Fitzpatrick during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)The Associated Press

Brandon Triche had 20 points and James Southerland scored 12 of his 17 in the second half Sunday to help No. 7 Syracuse overcome a slow start and win its Big East road opener 55-44 over South Florida.

C.J. Fair had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Orange (14-1, 2-0), who won for the fourth straight time following a four-point loss to Temple.

South Florida (9-4, 0-1) trimmed what had been an 11-point deficit to 47-42 with six minutes remaining, however the Bulls were held to one basket the rest of the way.

Southerland's long 3-pointer put Syracuse up 50-42. Triche followed with a driving layup and a pair of free throws to push the lead back to double-digits.

Victor Rudd led USF with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jawanza Poland finished with 12 points.