The Bearcats led 52-48 on Gates' three-point play with 11:34 left, but Ohio State responded by scoring 17 of the next 18 points to put it away.
Now the Buckeyes face a tougher Big East opponent.
"We stay right there level-headed. We believe in each other," Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said. "When you've got a team like that, no matter what, we're capable of winning games no matter who we're playing against or what the circumstances are in every game."
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