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Syracuse overcomes 15-point second-half deficit to beat Canadian power Carleton in overtime

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Syracuse knew it’s Friday night game against three-time defending Canadian champion Carleton would be tough as Carleton had already gone 3-0 against American competition this summer.

But the Orange rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat the Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions  69-65 in overtime after Carleton had defeated TCU, Towson and Wisconsin earlier this summer.

Sophomore Jerami Grant led the Orange with 18 points and nine rebounds while Tyler Ennis (15 points), Trevor Cooney (12 points) and C.J. Fair (11 points) also finished in double figures.

Obviously an exhibition game against a Canadian team doesn’t mean a whole lot for the upcoming season, but Carleton has won nine of the last 11 CIS titles and handily defeated some other D1 opponents this summer.

The biggest takeaway from this game is Syracuse fighting back after losing for much of the game and rallying to tie the game in the second half and force overtime against a good and prepared opponent.

Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis scoring 15 points is also a positive sign as the Orange will need him to contribute immediately this season.

Syracuse finishes their Canadian trip on Saturday night with one more game against Ottawa.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.