Triche leads Orange past Pirates
NEWARK, N.J. -- Senior Brandon Triche scored a career-high 29 points to lead Syracuse to a 76-65 come-from-behind victory at Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11) on Saturday. The Orange trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but battled back to improve its record to 21-4 overall. Syracuse is in a three-way tie atop the BIG EAST standings with a 9-3 mark in conference play.
Triche was 10-for-18 from the floor, including 4-for-7 from three-point range, and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. He was one of three Syracuse players to reach double figures in scoring. C.J. Fair posted his eighth double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Carter Williams added 14 points.
Seton Hall shot well from the perimeter early as its first three baskets were from three-point range. Fuquan Edwin's three broke a 6-6 tie and sparked the Pirates on a 10-2 scoring run that gave Seton Hall a 16-8 lead. Fair snapped the Pirates' scoring streak with a jumper from the lane, but Haralds Karlis' three-pointer at the 11:16 mark gave Seton Hall its largest lead of the game at 21-12. The Orange responded with 12 unanswered points to regain the lead, 24-21. Triche and Fair each had five points during the run.
The Pirates wouldn't go away, getting back within one at 29-28 with 2:48 on the clock. Triche answered with a three-pointer and Syracuse outscored Seton Hall, 7-2, to end the half. The Orange equaled its largest lead of the first half on senior James Southerlands' three pointer with 35 seconds remaining, which gave SU a 36-30 halftime lead.
Syracuse built its advantage to nine less than eight minutes into the second half, but five points by Eugene Teague helped the Pirates cut the lead to six at 53-47 at the 10:44 mark. The Orange recorded its next 11 points from the free throw line, including six straight by Carter-Williams as it extended its lead to 64-54 with 4:59 to play.
Seton Hall twice cut the lead to eight points, but that was as close as the Pirates could get. Triche netted seven of Syracuse's final 12 points, including three from behind the arc with nine seconds remaining, as the Orange snapped a three-game road losing streak.
Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome where it will host Providence on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.