SYRACUSE, N.Y. -Freshman forward Donte Greene had 25 points and nine rebounds, Eric Devendorf had 17 points, and Syracuse beat Fordham 80-63 on Friday night.
It was the first meeting between the teams in 25 years, and the Rams (2-2) were no match for the Orange (3-0), who started slowly, built a double-digit lead in the closing minutes of the first half, and steadily pulled away in the second.
Arinze Onuaku had 12 points, Rick Jackson had nine, and point guard Jonny Flynn had six points, eight assists and no turnovers.
Bryant Dunston led the Rams with 20 points and nine rebounds. Brenton Butler had 16 points, and Marcus Stout 12 points and seven assists.
The Rams, who started four seniors, led the first seven minutes of the game as their methodical attack struck for four 3-pointers, two each by Stout and Butler. A basket off the glass by Dunston gave Fordham its largest lead, 11-5, at 16:52.
Greene converted a four-point play and hit a layup off a pass from Paul Harris, and Devendorf sank a 3-pointer from left wing and then fed Onuaku for a layup to tie it at 16-all with 12:48 left, and then the Orange took off on a 15-5 run.
Jackson converted a pair of layups to start the spurt and Flynn finished it with a steal from the 6-foot-8 Dunston and a fast-break, one-handed dunk to put the Orange up 30-21 with 7:09 left.