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As scandal swirls in Syracuse, Orange edge Gators

By John Kekis

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 7:15 p.m. MST

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim yells instructions to James Southerland during the first half against Florida in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

Kevin Rivoli, Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 4 Syracuse remained unbeaten with a 72-68 win over No. 10 Florida on Friday, as coach Jim Boeheim maintained a stoic facade amid an intense federal investigation into his program.

Former associate head coach Bernie Fine was fired Sunday night after a tumultuous weekend of new revelations in the investigation of child molestation allegations against him.

Just as he was on Tuesday's home win over Eastern Michigan, Boeheim was greeted by a nice ovation when he was introduced to a crowd of 24,459. It was the largest on-campus attendance in the nation so far this season, and it included former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony and former Orange assistant Rob Murphy, in his first year at EMU, in front-row seats.

Syracuse (8-0) breezed to its first seven wins with an average margin of victory of 26 points, but the Gators (5-2), whose only previous loss was by seven at No. 2 Ohio State, figured to provide a stiff challenge and they did in a game that seemed like a midseason encounter in the Big East.

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