SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Alexis Peterson scored 19 points and No. 24 Syracuse broke away in the second half to defeat Fordham 59-42 on Sunday.
Peterson scored the last two baskets of the half to give the Orange (1-0) a 22-21 lead and opened the second half with a pair of free throws to steadily pull away from the Rams.
Taylor Ford came off the bench to add 11 points for Syracuse, which struggled from long range, making just 4 of 20 3-pointers, and the foul line, going 11 of 22.
Reserve G'mrice Davis led Fordham with nine points as the Rams shot just 28.6 percent and had 22 turnovers.
After Alina Gjerkes' jumper pulled Fordham within 24-23 with 19:12 remaining, the Rams did not score again until Britt Zappeij's 3 at the 12:57 mark. Fordham also had a drought of 4 minutes as Syracuse went up by 17 with 6 minutes to play.