SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- In the second half, Syracuse's Billy Edelin carried the load on both ends of the court.
Edelin scored 14 of his 17 points after halftime and helped on a strong defensive effort against Luis Flores as No. 21 Syracuse rallied for a 69-63 victory over Manhattan.
The Jaspers (3-2) built a surprising 42-34 halftime lead behind 15 points from Flores, the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Manhattan shredded Syracuse's trademark 2-3 zone, shooting 59 percent (16-of-27) from the field.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim ditched his famed defense in the second half, switching to a conventional man-to-man. That allowed the physical Edelin to match up with Flores.
"Our zone was stagnant in the first half, they attacked our zone well," Boeheim said. "We were determined that we were going to play man-to-man in the second half. Our man-to-man was as good as it could be."
Edelin also got his offense going in the second half, scoring four straight points that gave Syracuse (4-1) the lead for good at 52-48 with 12:39 remaining. His layup with just over five minutes remaining was the Orangemen's last basket of the game and opened a 62-56 advantage.
Flores, a Rutgers transfer, managed only seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in the second half.
"When we went man-to-man in the second half, it changed the course of the game," Edelin said. "It threw a monkey wrench into their plans. We made them turn the ball over and I just tried to play Flores tough."
The Orangemen held on by converting 7-of-12 from the line over the final five minutes to notch their ninth straight victory over the Jaspers. Manhattan's last victory in the series came in the 1964-65 campaign.
The contest was a rematch of last year's 76-65 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament that started Syracuse on its championship run.
"Edelin did a great job with Luis Flores," Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "We don't have a matchup for Billy Edelin. He hurt us in the NCAA Tournament and he hurt us tonight."
The Jaspers were a frigid 26 percent (6-of-23) in the second half and finished with 19 turnovers - five by Flores. Edelin, limited to nine first-half minutes, played the entire second half.
Syracuse committed 14 of its 22 turnovers in the first half, leading to easy baskets for Manhattan. The Jaspers scored 10 of the first 12 points and used the combination of Flores and Jason Benton, who made all six shots for 14 points, to thwart the zone.
"We have a long ways to go," Boeheim said. "Obviously, we have a whole lot of room for improvement."