No. 5 Syracuse beats Cal-State-LA 79-49

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fab Melo had 14 points and eight rebounds, Kris Joseph added 11 points, and No. 5 Syracuse beat Division II Cal State-Los Angeles 79-49 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.

Syracuse, which hosts Fordham in its season opener next week, led by as many as 15 points in the first half. It let the Golden Eagles back in the game with some sloppy play, then took charge in the second half as coach Jim Boeheim substituted often, giving the entire bench some court time.

Quinton Watkins had 15 points and Carl Hoffman added 11 points and eight rebounds for Cal State-Los Angeles, which is coached by Stephen Thompson, the Orange’s seventh career leading scorer. He played for Syracuse from 1986-90 and is in his seventh season with the Golden Eagles.