FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The #6/5 Orange knocked off Arkansas, for its 47th consecutive regular season non-conference victory. The Orange put an end to the Razorback's 25-game non-conference winning streak at home with a 91-82 triumph in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday evening.
Senior James Southerland led the Orange offense with a career-high 35 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the field and 9-of-13 in three point shooting. His nine threes ties Gerry McNamara and Andy Rautins for the most threes in a game in SU history. He is the first Orange player to score more than 30 points in a game, as Wes Johnson had 31 points against Gonzaga in 2010.
Senior Brandon Triche had 17 points and four steals while sophomore Michael Carter-Williams had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Sophomore C.J. Fair had 12 points and four rebounds.
Trailing the Razorbacks 7-10, the Orange responded with a 10-0 unanswered run in the first half, led by Southerland, who had two threes for six points during the streak, to regain a seven point advantage with 14:22 remaining in the opening frame.
Southerland hit his fifth three-pointer of the opening frame to give SU a 15 point lead, its largest of the half at 30-15, just 10 minutes into the game.
Syraucse held Arkansas to .387 field goal shooting (24-of-62) and .208 three point shooting (5-of-24), holding a 43-35 rebounding advantage over the Razorbacks.
Losing momentum, Arkansas got within nine points of the Orange at 33-24, following a bucket by BJ Good with 9:13 left in the half. Inching closer, Arkansas made it a five-point game at 33-28, but a free throw from DaJuan Coleman and Southerland's sixth three pointer of the half put the Orange back up 37-28.
The Razorbacks cut it back to five points after a dunk from Good set the score at 41-36, but the Orange stunted the scoring streak as Good was called for a technical foul. Southerland responded with two free throws, matching his career-high mark of 22 points to give the Orange a 43-36 lead, before rounding out the opening frame with a 43-38 advantage.
Arkansas jumped within three points of the Orange lead, coming out the locker room with a pair of free throws, making it 43-40. SU responded with a 12-0 run to bring the score back to 57-42, led by Southerland, who hit his seventh and eighth three-balls of the game for six points.
Unable to settle into a rhythm, Arkansas got within five two more times in the second half, leading 59-54, before senior Brandon Triche helped the Orange storm back, hitting back-to-back three's to give the Orange a 67-56 lead with 10:34 remaining in the final frame.
Syracuse did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the half, as Southerland hit his ninth three of the game, to give the Orange an 82-70 advantage, before finishing off the Razorbacks, 91-82.