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Jackson, Syracuse top Indiana State 77-60

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine (11) tries to drive past Indiana State's Jake Kelly in the first half of an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament second round game Friday, March 18, 2011, in Cleveland.

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine (11) tries to drive past Indiana State's Jake Kelly in the first half of an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament second round game Friday, March 18, 2011, in Cleveland.

March 18, 2011

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— Defensive stopper Rick Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, C.J. Fair added 14 and Syracuse began taking care of "unfinished business" in the NCAA tournament with a 77-60 win over Indiana State in a second-round game Friday night.

The third-seeded Orange (27-7) want to make up for last season's disappointing tourney appearance, when their title run as a No. 1 seed ended with a loss to upstart Butler in the round of 16. Jackson, the Big East's top defensive player, scored six straight during a crucial stretch in the second half when Syracuse finally pulled away from Indiana State (20-14).

Syracuse will play Big East brethren Marquette on Sunday in a third-round game. The Golden Eagles won the regular-season matchup between the schools.

Jake Kelly scored 12 to lead the Sycamores, who got within four in the second half but had no answer for Jackson.

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