College basketball: All is Fair for No. 2 Syracuse
Syracuse’s Jerami Grant dunks in front of St. John’s Orlando Sanchez during the first half of Sunday’s game.
NEW YORK – C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory over St. John’s Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Fair hit three big shots from the same spot – about 15 feet from the basket on the right baseline. The smooth left-handed shooter tied the game from there at 58 with 6:51 to go, then he made two more in the final 3 minutes as the Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.
Ennis had 15 points in the first half as Syracuse took a 39-27 lead. The Red Storm (6-3) chipped away and were able to tie it at 53 on three free throws by Rysheed Jordan with 9:16 to go. There were then four lead changes and three ties as Syracuse became the second highly ranked team to escape this weekend.
No. 1 Arizona beat Michigan 72-70 Saturday.
D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s with 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
Since 1979, this had always been a Big East game. Syracuse is now a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and St. John’s remained in the Big East. The majority of the crowd of 16,357 was rooting for Syracuse.
No. 10 Villanova 73, La Salle 52: Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting undefeated Villanova past La Salle.
The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38. The Wildcats have now thumped city rivals Penn, Saint Joseph’s and the Explorers (5-5) by at least 20 points in each game.
West Virginia 74, Marshall 64: Juwan Staten scored 19 points and West Virginia used a late 12-1 run to beat Marshall 74-64 in CHarleston, W.Va.
West Virginia (7-4) won its third straight over its intrastate rival and the seventh out of the last eight tries. The Mountaineers improved to 31-11 all-time in the series.
Marshall (4-6) led 54-48 with 9 minutes left but fell flat down the stretch. West Virginia took its first lead of the game, 63-62, on Staten’s 3-point play with 3:41 remaining.
Marshall was held without a field goal over the final five minutes.
Terry Henderson added 13 points for West Virginia. Brandon Watkins and Gary Browne had 12 apiece and Eron Harris scored 11.
Marshall redshirt freshman Kareem Canty scored 16 points and Chris Thomas and TyQuane Goard had 11 apiece.
West Virginia looked flat coming off an 80-76 home loss to No. 20 Gonzaga Tuesday night. The Mountaineers had a season-high 16 turnovers and Harris, West Virginia’s leading scorer averaging 19.3 points per game, was held to his second-lowest output of the season.
But Marshall shot 42 percent (25 of 60) from the floor and continued a season-long slump from the line, making 10 of 24 free throws.
West Virginia didn’t trail again after Staten’s go-ahead basket.