Syracuse falls 75-65 to No. 1 Duke, game set on-campus attendance record

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SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 23: Tyus Battle #25 of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket against the defense of Tre Jones #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the second half at the Carrier Dome on February 23, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. Duke defeated Syracuse 75-65. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse lost 75-65 to No. 1 Duke at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night in front of a record-breaking crowd.

Syracuse led Duke, who was without their superstar Zion Williamson, 39-24 at half, but were unable to hold on in front of 35,642 fans.

Tyus Battle led the Orange in scoring with 16 points. Marek Dolezaj chipped in 10 points off the bench including an emphatic one-handed slam in the first half.

Duke forward RJ Barrett scored 30 points on an efficient 14-of-20 shooting night. Guard Alex O’Connell knocked down five 3-pointers for the Blue Devils.

35,642 set the new NCAA college basketball on-campus attendance record previously set when 35,446 fans filled the Dome in 2015.

Syracuse (18-9, 9-5 ACC) will take to the road for a Tuesday night matchup against North Carolina.

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