New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Freshman Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair combined for 12 points in the final seven minutes to help No. 2 Syracuse escape with a 66-61 victory over St. John’s Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
With the victory, the Orange improved to 10-0 for the fourth straight year and have won their last nine meetings with the Red Storm. Syracuse won 15 of its last 16 and improved its series record against the Red Storm to 51-37.
Fair and Ennis scored 21 points each while Jerami Grant provided the offense off the bench with 14 points for the Orange.
D’Angelo Harrison tallied 21 points but struggled from the field, making just six of 19 shots, for the Red Storm, who slipped to 6-3.
Rysheed Jordan added a career-best 13 points, Jakarr Sampson had 12 and Orlando Sanchez tallied six points and seven boards for the Red Storm.
Overall, the Orange made 24 of 44 shots for 54.5 percent while the Red Storm sank 21 of 56 attempts for 37.5 percent.
In the first, Fair sank two foul shots while Grant added a layup to give the Orange a 33-21 edge.
After a four-point swing by the Red Storm, Ennis sank six foul shots to give the Orange their biggest lead, 39-25, before Jordan made a layup to make it a 12-point lead at the break.
Midway through the second half, the Red Storm unleashed a 7-1 run to take a 55-54 lead but it was short-lived as Grant retaliated with a layup.
St. John’s last tasted the lead at 60-58 lead with 5:48 remaining in the game on a layup by Sanchez but they were held without a field goal from there while Ennis and Fair finished the job for the Orange.