Girard’s steal and fast-break layup, followed by a free throw, gave Syracuse a 60-53 lead with 1:49 remaining. Neither team made another field goal the rest of the way, and Kadary Richmond capped it by hitting two free throws with 20 seconds left.
Buddy Boeheim and Alan Griffin, Syracuse’s top two scoring leaders coming in, were held to a combined two points. Boeheim was 1-of-12 shooting as Syracuse shot just 31.7% from the field, including 2 of 18 from 3-point range. Boeheim entered averaging 19 points per game and Griffin 18.4.
Boeheim's basket gave Syracuse a 2-0 lead.
Marek Dolezaj added 14 points for Syracuse (5-1), which set a program record last week with 16 3-pointers in a victory over Boston College.
Northeastern (1-2) was without starting point guard Tyson Walker for most of the second half. He was helped off the court after appearing to hit his head on the court and did not return. He's averaging a team-high 24.5 points per game, and scored seven against the Orange.
Freshman Jahmyl Telfort led Northeastern with a season-high 16 points.
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