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The Orange wore their one-time-only Nike-designed uniforms, designated for teams who have won a national title. The jerseys were gray -- officially, platinum -- with an orange stripe down each side.
And at first glance, the uniforms weren't the only thing looking unusual about the Orange through the first 10 minutes of the first half. They opened hitting two of their first 14 attempts, and trailed 18-5 after Augustus Gilchrist hit a 10-footer with 9:35 left in the period.
C.J. Fair finished with 13 points and was the only Orange player to hit a field goal -- going 2-for-3 -- before Waiters scored in the post with 9:19 left to prompt the run. Jardine hit a 3-point basket from at least 25 feet to give Syracuse momentum with 5:48, and the crowd erupted 90 seconds later when Jardine drove up the left wing on the transition and fed Kris Joseph for an alley-oop, to cut the Bulls lead to 20-18.
Syracuse was sluggish and stymied by an aggressive Bulls defense. And South Florida also set the pace in the offensive end with a patient halfcourt style.
Down 24-20 at the break, South Florida did hold an opponent to under 30 points in the first half for the 24th time in 28 games. And yet it was their lack of offense that cost the Bulls.
South Florida finished 20 of 52 from the field after opening 9 of 11.
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