Playing for the first time since an assistant coach was accused of sex abuse, No. 5 Syracuse romped to a 92-47 win over Colgate in the NIT Season Tipoff on Saturday.
It was business as usual for the Orange (4-0) on the court, even as the program was trying to come to grips with molestation allegations against assistant coach Bernie Fine.
Syracuse played Fine on administrative leave ''in light of the new allegations'' that he molested two former ball boys for years. Fine dismissed the allegations as ''patently false,'' and expressed confidence he would be vindicated.
Fine's usual seat behind coach Jim Boeheim was left vacant
At the Carrier Dome, a subdued crowd came to watch hoops, not make protest signs or chant for the absent coach.