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Syracuse vs St. John's

Fair, Ennis go for 21 each, Syracuse dumps St. John's

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- C.J. Fair didn't have many chances to be the main option for Syracuse last season.

Now he has plenty.

The 6-foot-8 forward has gone from the Orange's fourth option to No. 1, and he showed why Sunday in a 68-63 victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

"We went to C.J., and he made a couple of tough plays. Shots that had to be made," coach Jim Boeheim said. "He's been a key player. He wasn't our first option last year but he's always made big shots, big plays for us. We had other guys but he was developing. He's going to get the ball and these opportunities, and he's prepared for that."

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 second-ranked Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.

"I'm very comfortable on the baseline. I guess that's what you say is my sweet spot," he said.

Since 1979, this had always been a Big East Conference 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, something they used to get to do during the Big East tournament. Now, it will be a rare visit to Madison Square Garden for the Orange.

"It was a great game at the Garden," Boeheim said.

Fair and freshman guard Tyler Ennis both scored 21 points to lead the Orange.

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 on Saturday.

Ennis was "really unbelievable" in the first half, Boeheim said.

"In the second half they did a much better job on him," he said. "As a freshman point guard, he is playing better than any I ever had, and I've had a few pretty good freshman guards. If he played like a freshman, we'd be 7-3. He's been the difference in our team."

D'Angelo Harrison led St. John's with 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range. Jordan had a career-high 13 points for the Red Storm and JaKarr Sampson added 12.

Jerami Grant scored 14 points for the Orange.

This was Syracuse's first true road game this season. It was the Orange's ninth straight win in the series that Syracuse leads 51-37.

The Red Storm missed their first 10 attempts from 3-point range and were 1 of 15 overall. They were coming off a 104-58 victory over Fordham in which they shot 60 percent on 3s.

"The last four minutes of a game is where Syracuse separates itself," St. John's coach Steve Lavin said. "I was very disappointed with the first half, happy with the first 16 minutes of the second half, and I really didn't like the finish. We didn't execute and didn't play with any purpose at all."

Lavin referred to turnovers, forced shots and some missed free throws. The Red Storm missed four straight foul shots after taking a 60-58 lead. They were 20 for 26 from the line overall.

"It hurts to lose but it hurts to lose to Syracuse in particular," Harrison said. "Certain things that you can take away from the last four minutes of the game, that's what we will watch the most."

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C.J. Fair drives the baseline on Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's at the Garden.  (USATSI)
C.J. Fair drives the baseline on Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's at the Garden. (USATSI)
Scoreboard
Syracuse #2 (10-0) «392968
St. John's (6-3)273663
CUSE:C. Fair 21 Pts
CUSE:J. Grant 7 Reb
CUSE:T. Ennis 6 Ast
STJOHN:D. Harrison 21 Pts
STJOHN:O. Sanchez 7 Reb
STJOHN:R. Jordan 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
SyracuseSt. John's
CUSE
Tyler Ennis
STJOHN
D'Angelo Harrison
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
21362162
Syracuse Orange
T. Ennis, G395-1210-1036221
C. Fair, F369-173-752421
T. Cooney, G270-30-03120
R. Christmas, F203-32-23148
D. Coleman, F102-20-14034
J. Grant, F345-74-772414
B. Keita, C190-00-03020
M. Gbinije, F150-00-13000
R. DeRemer, GDid Not Play
N. Hart, GDid Not Play
A. Nassar, FDid Not Play
B. Johnson, FDid Not Play
C. Obokoh, CDid Not Play
R. Patterson, GDid Not Play
T. Roberson, FDid Not Play
Totals 24-4419-2831122168
 54.5%67.9% 
St. John's Red Storm
D. Harrison, G356-198-1062121
R. Jordan, G312-89-963413
C. Obekpa, F-C250-21-21121
J. Sampson, F246-100-260412
P. Greene IV, G181-60-05102
S. Pointer, G-F293-40-02156
O. Sanchez, F283-70-17236
J. Branch, G60-02-20032
M. Hooper, G-F40-00-00000
J. White, GDid Not Play
G. Achiuwa, FDid Not Play
S. Sealy, FDid Not Play
F. Balamou, GDid Not Play
M. Bourgault, G-FDid Not Play
C. Jones, FDid Not Play
K. Ndiaye, FDid Not Play
D. Lipscomb, GDid Not Play
Totals 21-5620-2633102263
 37.5%76.9% 
ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Miami (Fla.)0-06-015
Duke0-05-023
Virginia0-05-042
Louisville0-04-057
N.C. State0-04-055
Georgia Tech0-03-024
N. Carolina0-03-035
Notre Dame0-04-1114
Syracuse0-04-1144
Clemson0-03-2346
Pittsburgh0-03-2119
Wake Forest0-03-298
Va. Tech0-02-2288
Boston College0-02-353
Florida St.0-02-3140

Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Creighton0-05-0169
Providence0-05-064
Villanova0-05-0100
Seton Hall0-04-02
Xavier0-04-087
Butler0-03-0163
Georgetown0-03-078
St. Johns0-03-0227
DePaul0-02-0107
Marquette0-02-2157
 
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