Tonawanda News — That's all forgotten now.
If the Broncos hoped to make a comeback in the second half, that idea was quickly squashed.
After a layup by Connar Tava — Grant was called for goaltending on the play — and a free throw by Haymond closed the gap to 16 points, Syracuse responded with an 8-2 spurt.
Cooney started it, slipping sideways on the wing and making a 3 while being fouled by Austin Richie. He hit the free throw for a four-point play at 17:09.
Fair then converted a reverse layup and Ennis fed Grant for a resounding slam dunk that elicited oohs and aahs from the crowd. Grant's layup gave Syracuse a 56-32 lead with 12:33 left and the Broncos were finished.
Syracuse is only a three-hour drive away, and the Orange faithful made their presence known. Pockets of orange-clad fans were in every corner of the First Niagara Center, but the Broncos had a vocal contingent, too, and the screaming began in the warmups.