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Third-seeded Kentucky survives Syracuse, 64-59

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    Syracuse's Taylor Ford, right, and Kentucky's Janee Thompson go after a loose ball during the first half in Lexington, Ky.


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    Syracuse's Shakeya Leary shoots as Kentucky's Samarie Walker defends during the first half.


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    Kentucky's Jelleah Sidney, center, gets a shot up over the defensive pressure of Syracuse's Rachel Coffey, left, and Taylor Ford during the first half.


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bria Goss scored 17 points and third-seeded Kentucky survived No. 6 seed Syracuse 64-59 today in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Goss went 11 of 12 from the foul line as the Wildcats (26-8) ground out a victory two days after beating Wright State by 46 points. Syracuse’s physical play and its 2-3 zone defense had a lot to do with disrupting Kentucky’s rhythm and scoring opportunities in a 36-percent shooting performance.

The Wildcats offset those struggles with scrappy defense that forced the Orange into 23 turnovers and held them to 33 percent shooting, culminating with a victory that earned Kentucky a berth in the round of 16 of the Notre Dame Regional.

Syracuse couldn’t follow up its first-ever NCAA tournament win, struggling to score after losing star guard Brittney Sykes to a right knee injury on Saturday. Brianna Butler had 15 points for the Orange.

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