The Syracuse Orange basketball team won again this afternoon, beating St. John’s 68-63 to improve to 10-0.
The Orange traveled to Madison Square for a non-conference game against their longtime rival and came away with a close win. Senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis both led the way with 21 points for the Orange. Jerami Grant added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the Orange off the bench.
The Orange came out hot and took a 39-27 lead into half behind 15 first half points by Ennis. The second half was a different story and the young Red Storm were able to take a 60-58 lead around the four minute mark, but a couple of timely missed free throws and a couple of big jumpers by Fair helped the Orange finish the game on a 10-3 run. A huge two-handed block by Grant with less than a minute left all but sealed the deal for the no. 2 ranked team in the nation.
The Orange continued their hot shooting as they finished the game at 24-44, 54.4%, from the field. They had another bad performance from the free throw line, making just 19 out of 28 attempts and only shooting 1-8 from beyond the arc. Guard Trevor Cooney had his worst outing on the season, going 0-3 from the field, all three-point attempts, in 27 minutes.
St John’s head coach Steve Lavin said that the Orange dominated for 24 minutes and the Red Storm had their run for 16 minutes, but it wasn’t enough. The Red Storm struggled from the field, just shooting 21-56 from the field and an atrocious 1-17 from three. Junior D’Angelo Harrison led the team with 21 points on 6-19 shooting. The Red Storm, however, only turned the ball over nine times and also grabbed 11 offensive rebounds which allowed them to keep the game close. The Orange finished the game with only six steals, five less than the 11 they have averaged per game this season.
The next game for the Orange will be in the Carrier Dome on Friday, as they host the High Point Panthers at 7 p.m.