Southerland's return aids SU to 37th straight home win
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – #9/9 Syracuse (20-3, 8-2) extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 37 games and defeated BIG EAST Conference foe St. John's (15-9, 7-5), at the Carrier Dome on Sunday.
With the triumph, head coach Jim Boeheim recorded his 35th 20-win campaign in 37 seasons, a Division I record. He has guided SU to at least 20 wins in 16 straight years.
Syracuse had four players produced double-digit scoring, led by junior C.J. Fair and sophomore Michael Carter-Williams, who each scored 17 points. Carter-Williams added a career-high six steals and eight assists, while Fair grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Senior Brandon Triche contributed 16 points, and matched his personal-best seven assists. Fellow senior James Southerland made his return to the court against the Red Storm, posting 13 points after missing the last six matchups due to an eligibility issue.
Syracuse picked up its first double-digit lead of the game at 21-10, after junior Baye Moussa Keita followed a three pointer from Triche with a jumper.
The double-figure cushion reached 15 points at 32-17 before a five-point spurt from St. John's trimmed the lead down to 10 at 32-22 with 3:41 remaining in the period. Triche drained a three just before the buzzer, sending Syracuse into the intermission ahead by 13 points at 37-24.
Following the break, the Red Storm used a 9-2 spurt to jump within five points of the lead at 48-43. Syracuse answered back with a 10-2 run, including seven answered points and back-to-back threes from Southerland, to set the score at 58-45 with 8:31 remaining.
St. John's cut the lead back to eight points once and then had it to 66-56 with 2:59 remaining. The Orange closed things out by scoring 11 of the final 13 points. Carter-Williams had seven during the stretch, including a three-pointer with eight seconds left.
The announced attendance of 27,169 represented the second-largest on-campus crowd in college basketball this season.
SU will hit the road this week, traveling to Connecticut to take on the Huskies in Hartford at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.