Fayetteville, AR, United States (4E Sports) – James Southerland fired a career-high 35 points to carry No. 6 Syracuse to a 91-82 triumph over Arkansas Friday in the SEC/Big East Challenge at Bud Walton Arena.
The 6-8 senior buried nine of 13 shots from three-point range to tie Syracuse’s all-time record held jointly by Gerry McNamara and Andy Rautins and carry the Orange to a 5-0 record.
Southerland went 12-for-17 from the field while Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams contributed 17 markers each while BJ Fair added 14 for Syracuse.
Carter-Williams also had eight rebounds and seven dimes for Orange, who have won 47 consecutive regular season games against non-Big East opponents.
B.J. Young scored 25 points and Marshawn Powell added 19 for the Razorbacks (3-3), who saw their home winning streak against non-conference foes end at 25 games.
The Orange clinched the win despite having several key players in foul trouble in the second half. Southerland picked up his fourth foul with 15 minutes left, with Syracuse leading, 57-47.
Arkansas quickly took advantage, pulling within 57-52, but Triche scored 10 consecutive points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to pad Syracuse’s lead to 69-56.
Southerland’s ninth three-pointer of the game gave the Orange an 82-70 lead with 3:34 left in the game and Syracuse was able to hold on from there.
Overall, Syracuse shot 48.5 percent from the field compared to Arkansas’ 38.7 percent. The Orange had more rebounds, 37-32, assists, 17-11 and blocks, 6-2.