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2011 Preseason NIT Championship Game Recap: Syracuse Edges Out Stanford Late, 69-63

The Stanford Cardinal nearly pulled off a major upset over the No. 5 Syracuse Orange, but the Cardinal faded during the final few minutes to lose 69-63. The game went back-and-forth for most of the afternoon, and it was looking as if Stanford would get the win when Aaron Bright gave Stanford an eight-point lead on a three-point shot with 6:47 left in the game. That three-pointer capped a 11-4 run over Syracuse and gave Stanford their biggest lead of the game at eight points.

Stanford even led by six points with just under 4:25 left in the game, but from that point on Syracuse pulled it together and started their own run to end the game. Syracuse went on to score 11 straight points in less than two minutes to go up 64-60 to put the game away. Stanford did make one last attempt to get back in the game when Chasson Randle hit a three-pointer to get within one, but that was the last points that Stanford would have on the night.

Stanford did not shoot the ball well as they shot 42 percent from the field and a paltry 8-of-13 from the free throw line, so they had some chances in this game but they ultimately fell by the the score of 69-63. 

Syracuse's Kris Joseph was one of four Orange players in double-figures and he led all players with 18 points. Stanford was led in scoring by Aaron Bright who had 13 points on the afternoon.

For more on the Stanford Cardinal head over to Rule of Tree and for Syracuse news check out Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.