Fair, Carter-Williams star as No. 9 Syracuse downs St. John’s
Syracuse, NY, United States (4E Sports) – C.J. Fair and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points each as No. 9 Syracuse led from start to finish en route to a 77-58 win over rival St. John’s Sunday, extending its home court winning streak at Carrier Dome to 37, the longest active stretch in Division I.
Fair also grabbed nine rebounds while Carter-Williams issued eight of the team’s 20 assists and had six steals as the Orange (20-3) cruised to their second straight win after a two-game losing streak.
Brandon Triche contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists while James Southerland had 13 off the bench as the Orange solidified their hold on the Big East lead with their eighth win in 10 conference games.
Jakarr Sampson scored 21 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field, D’Angelo Harrison added 13 points and Phil Greene IV had 10 for the Red Storm (15-9, 7-5 Big East), who lost two of their last three outings.
Triche buried a three-pointer and Baye Moussa added a jumper to give Syracuse a 21-20 advantage midway through the first half.
The Orange extended their lead to 15, 32-17, before the Red Storm retaliated with five straight points to cut the deficit to 10, with 3:41 remaining in the opening half.
However, Triche drained a three just before the buzzer to give Syracuse a 37-24 cushion at the break.
In the second half, the Red Storm chipped away at the deficit, trimming it to just seven points, 48-41, with 12:40 remaining in the game.
Then, Syracuse responded with a 10-4 run, including back-to-back three-pointers from Southerland for a 55-43 advantage.
The Orange closed out the victory with two foul shots from Triche and four points from Carter-Williams.