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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney was mired in a shooting slump, and his woes coincided with a late-season swoon by the Orange. Say goodbye to both. Cooney scored 18 points, fellow guard Tyler Ennis of Brampton, Ont., had 16, and the Orange defence clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Cooney hit 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and Ennis had six assists with one turnover to spark the Orange, who shot 28 of 57 (49.1 per cent) from the field and hit 7 of 17 from long range. "It was just good to see one go in," Cooney said. "It adds to your confidence a little bit, and I was able to get into a good rhythm and guys found me in good spots. The ball just went in today." Since matching a school record with nine 3-pointers that keyed a six-point win over Notre Dame last month, Cooney had hit just 10 of 51 (19.6 per cent) from beyond the arc. That abysmal shooting came during Syracuses swoon, which included a three-point loss to North Carolina State in the ACC tournament last week. Thats all forgotten now. "Same guy," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "Hes just got to get his looks and take them. Hes definitely stayed up the whole time. Hes played the other parts of the game. Its a big difference when he makes shots." Syracuse (28-5), the third seed in the South Regional, will play 11th-seeded Dayton (24-10) on Saturday. Dayton beat Ohio State 60-59 on Thursday. The Orange won their first 25 games and were ranked No. 1 for three weeks before losing five of seven in that late-season skid. Western Michigan (23-10), the Mid-American Conference champion, had won 14 of 16 games and was in the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade. The Orange forced 11 turnovers in the opening half and scored 13 points off them in running out to a double-digit lead before the midpoint of the period. Syracuse used an 18-4 spurt over 10 minutes to take control and led 40-21 at halftime. The Broncos took care of the ball in the second half, losing it only twice, but the deficit was much too daunting to overcome as Syracuse dominated the glass 41-25 and scored 15 second-chance points. "We ran into a buzz saw today," WMU coach Steve Hawkins said. "We made too many mistakes in the first half. We had 11 turnovers in the first half and thats what staked them out to that lead. I felt like after we started taking care of the ball in the second half, we got a few better looks." Jerami Grant finished with 16 points, while C.J. Fair, double- and triple-teamed nearly every time he touched the ball, finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Shayne Whittington and Tucker Haymond led Western Michigan with 11 points apiece. David Brown, the MAC scoring champion, finished with a season-low nine points on 2-of-12 shooting, 2 of 10 from long range. Syracuse rode its defence to the Final Four a year ago and the zone was stellar from the opening tip against the Broncos. The Broncos split two games with Eastern Michigan during the season, learning the nuances of the zone defence employed by Eagles coach Rob Murphy, an assistant at Syracuse for eight years before taking over at EMU. "We hope its a help," Hawkins said. It wasnt. Same system, maybe, but different personnel. "Theyre long and athletic, and they make you second-guess where you want to throw the ball," Brown said. "I feel that we were hesitant. We turned the ball over way too much." The Syracuse defence had to focus on WMUs fifth-year seniors Whittington and Brown and did the job. Whittington was hounded in the lane, unable to generate much, taking just seven shots. And while Brown was his usual self at the free throw line, he had only four chances, hitting three. "We came out playing pressure defence," Fair said. "We werent going to let them get comfortable." They didnt. The Broncos committed four quick turnovers as Syracuse took a 7-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Cooney just over 3 minutes in. Brown led the MAC at 19.4 points per game and earned MVP of the conference tournament after scoring a career-high 32 points that included five 3-pointers in the final against Toledo, and he makes a good living at the free throw line. Brown was 196 of 254 (77.2 per cent) from the line, most of the fouls coming while he was attempting one of the 237 shots he took from behind the arc. He found no room to roam against the Orange, missing three times from well beyond the 3-point line before finally hitting near the midpoint of the opening half. Whittington is a hulking figure in the lane at 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, but Grant easily spun around him and slammed home a ferocious two-handed dunk to boost the Syracuse lead to 12-4. Cooneys second 3 and a layup by Ennis had the Broncos 13 points behind and reeling. Fairs three-point play and a 3-pointer from the wing by Ennis off a feed from Grant inside gave Syracuse a 31-13 lead with 4:08 to go in the half. Whittington shook off a foul by Grant and hit a pretty hook in the lane that he turned into a three-point play and Brown followed with two free throws and his first 3 to give the Broncos a glimmer of hope. Syracuse responded with a slam dunk by senior centre Baye Moussa Keita, another 3 from Cooney, and a putback by Fair off a miss by Ennis to gain the 19-point halftime lead. If the Broncos hoped to make a comeback in the second half, that idea was quickly squashed. After a layup by Connar Tava -- Grant was called for goaltending on the play -- and a free throw by Haymond closed the gap to 16 points, Syracuse responded with an 8-2 spurt that Cooney started with a four-point play. Vapormax Bianche Saldi . Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist as Phoenix held on to snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Vapormax Flyknit Scontate . MacArthur scored two goals, and the Senators outlasted Detroit in a testy third period to beat the Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night. http://www.vapormaxscontateoutlet.it/va ... utlet.html . The injury will keep the Finnish forward out of the Olympics. The 29-year-old has 20 goals and 41 points in 56 games this season, his first with Tampa Bay. Vapormax Saldi . In the last race before the Sochi Olympics, Bjoergen followed up her win in the 10-kilometre classical race on Saturday by beating World Cup sprint leader Denise Herrmann of Germany by 0.43 seconds for her fifth victory of the season. Vapormax Scontate . -- Manchester United thrilled a record crowd with a brilliant opening goal -- and even Cristiano Ronaldos unexpected entrance proved futile for Real Madrid.Harry Kane can revitalise Tottenhams Champions League campaign, says Hugo Lloris, but Mauricio Pochettino may not risk the striker. Pochettino insists Spurs Champions League tie against Monaco on Tuesday is the clubs priority, despite his side facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, but he will set fitness limits on his selection. Spurs trail Monaco by four points and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by two in Group E following successive home defeats at Wembley, and realistically must win if they are to avoid an early exit. Its clear that tomorrow is the most important game, Pochettino said. Our selection for tomorrow will be if the players that are fit or not, that can play 90 minutes or not. Dele Alli also faces a late fitness test ahead of the trip to Monaco We need to assess Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli, if they can play 90 minutes and dont take any risks that can affect for the next games.We have one day less than Monaco to recover because they play Friday, we play Saturday. Today is a very important day to assess and see if the players are fully recovered to play tomorrow. Kane scored twice in Tottenhams 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday Kane scored two goals while playing the full 90 minutes of Spurs 3-2 win against West Ham on Saturday, having not featured for England during the international break after beinng named in the squad by Gareth Southgate.dddddddddddd The 23-year-old had previously made just one appearance - in the north London derby against Arsenal on November 6 - since injuring his ankle against Sunderland on September 18.And Tottenham captain Lloris believes Kane is pivotal to turning around his sides Champions League results. One thing is very important - the return of Kane, Lloris said. He is bringing a lot of positive energy as we saw against Arsenal and West Ham. He is a very important player for us. Tomorrow he is going to be decisive hopefully. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! Its simple. He is one of the leaders and tomorrow is an important moment for Tottenham this season so we need all our top players at the top level.Its our responsibility tomorrow to play at that level.Monaco surprised Spurs with a counter-attacking performance that inspired a 2-1 victory in September and Pochettino admits Tottenham must guard against over-committing at the Stade Louis II.Its a game that we must win but we need to find a way how, Pochettino said.We have a good team in front, we know Monaco very well. We always want to win every game we play but its not about taking more or less risks but to be clever, follow the plan and try to win after 90 minutes.Thats our idea, our challenge. Its not about risks, its about balance in football. Hugo Lloris says there is no need to worry about his Tottenham future Lloris also eased concerns about his future at Tottenham with the France international yet to extend his current deal, which expires in 2019.There is nothing to worry about, Lloris said. Lets see what will happen but I feel fully committed to the club, Im enjoying my time here but at the moment Im only focused on tomorrows game.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! Also See: Kane hopeful over new deal Monaco v Tottenham preview Champions League permutations Kane deserves more money ' ' '