The SFA Lumberjacks faced a tough challenge in their first NCAA tournament appearance.
The 14th seeded Lumberjacks matched up against the third seed Syracuse.
Syracuse's Jonny Flynn scored 16 points, Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku each added 12 and the Orange beat the Lumberjacks 59-44 Friday morning in Miami.
Benson Akpan led Stephen F. Austin (24-8) with 12 points. The Southland Conference champion Lumberjacks missed 12 of their first 13 shots, plus started 0-for-15 from 3-point range.
The Orange will meet either Arizona State or Temple in Sunday's second round.
All week long, SFA head coach Danny Kaspar said he was worried his team would be overwhelmed. Early in the game it appeared first time jitters got the best of the Lumberjacks.