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Steven Senne, Associated Press
Syracuse's Fab Melo (51) and Providence's Vincent Council (32) battle for the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brandon Triche scored 16 points, hitting three straight 3-pointers early in the second half, and No. 1 Syracuse pulled away from Providence to win 87-73 on Wednesday night.

It's the second straight season the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) have opened with 16 straight wins. Last season's team went 18-0 before its first loss.

Scoop Jardine added 10 points and 11 assists for Syracuse.

Gerard Coleman and Vincent Council each scored 17 points for Providence, and LaDontae Henton had 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Friars (11-5, 0-3) were playing the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time since beating top-ranked Pittsburgh 81-73 in Providence in 2009.

Syracuse led by two points at halftime but went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to pull away.