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Leary's 15 points help No. 6 Syracuse survive No. 11 Chattanooga 59-53 for 1st NCAA win

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    Syracuse's Shakeya Leary (34) shoots as Chattanooga's Ashlen Dewart defends during the first half of a first-round NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/James Crisp) (The Associated Press)

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    Syracuse's Briana Day (50) shoots over Chattanooga's Jasmine Joyner (3) during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/James Crisp) (The Associated Press)

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    Chattanooga's Alicia Payne (1) and Syracuse's Isabella Slim (10) chase a loose ball during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/James Crisp) (The Associated Press)

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    Chattanooga's Ashlen Dewart, left, looks for an opening against Syracuse's Shakeya Leary during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 22, 2014. Syracuse won 59-53. (AP Photo/James Crisp) (The Associated Press)

Syracuse guard Brittney Sykes had 13 points and 12 rebounds before injuring her right knee midway through the second half as the sixth-seeded Orange beat Chattanooga 59-53 Saturday for its first-ever NCAA tournament win.

Leading 40-36 with 12:46 remaining, Sykes drove to the basket before grabbing her leg and screaming. The Orange stayed strong without their top scorer, using a 52-36 rebounding edge to stretch the lead to 10 with 2:33 left before withstanding a late Chattanooga rally featuring three 3-pointers from Taylor Hall.

Syracuse (23-9) hit 24 of 31 free throws to seal the victory that also snapped Chattanooga's 25-game winning streak. Shakeya Leary made 7 of 8 from the line to finish with 15 points.

Brianna Butler was just 2 of 11 from the floor but hit 9 of 10 free throws for 13 points.

Chattanooga (29-4) hit just 4 of 14 from the foul line. Hall led the Lady Mocs with 19 points and 10 rebounds.