SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Buddy Boeheim scored 23 points and older brother Jimmy Boeheim added 14 as Syracuse pulled away in the second half to beat Drexel, 75-60, on Sunday.
Cole Swider and Joe Girard III each scored 11 points for Syracuse (2-0). Girard made three three-pointers and had five assists and three steals and Swider added five rebounds, four assists, and five steals.
Drexel (1-1), an NCAA Tournament team out of the Colonial Athletic Association last season, led 33-32 at halftime but Buddy Boeheim assisted on three-pointers by Swider and Girard — who is 8 for 8 from behind the arc this season — and the found Jimmy Boeheim for a jumper in an 8-0 run to open the second half and Syracuse led the rest of the way.
Mate Okros made 6 of 9 from the field, including four threes, and scored 16 points for Drexel and Camren Wynter had 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Syracuse shot 63% in the second half while flustering the Drexel offense, running shooters off their spots with Jesse Edwards protecting the rim. The 6-foot-11 center had a career-high four blocks to go along with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and four rebounds.
Syracuse had 15 steals and scored 25 points off 20 Dragons turnovers and outscored Drexel 40-16 in the paint.