Returning starters Girard, Edwards lead Syracuse past Lehigh

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Joe Girard scored 19 points, Jesse Edwards had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Syracuse beat Lehigh 90-72 on Monday night in a season opener.

Girard and Edwards are the only two returning starters for Syracuse after the Boeheim brothers and swingman Cole Swider moved on. Girard made four 3-pointers and Edwards only missed three of his eight attempts.

Syracuse closed the first half on a 15-3 run to take a 44-26 lead behind double-digit scoring from Edwards, Girard and Judah Mintz. Syracuse took its largest lead at 81-57 with 5:30 remaining.

Mintz finished 16 points and Symir Torrence scored 10 for Syracuse. The Orange shot 54.5% from the field and outrebounded Lehigh 39-26.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is at 999 wins for the second time — 101 of his wins were vacated in 2015 by the NCAA. The Orange’s next game is on Nov. 15 at home against Colgate, which beat Syracuse 100-85 last season.

Evan Taylor made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Lehigh.

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