Syracuse vs Baylor

No. 8 Syracuse beats No. 18 Baylor, wins Maui Invitational


LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Jim Boeheim and Syracuse remained perfect in Maui.

C.J. Fair scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and No. 8 Syracuse beat No. 18 Baylor 74-67 on Wednesday night for the title.

The Orange (7-0) delivered three wins in three days, taking control against Baylor midway through the first half and limiting the Bears' hopes of a comeback. Syracuse beat Minnesota on Monday and California on Tuesday, improving to 9-0 all-time at Maui. The Orange also won the tournament in 1990 and 1998.

''And guess what - I'm never coming back,'' said Boeheim jokingly after the game in a television interview.

He later told reporters: ''The next time I come to Maui I will have my golf clubs.''

Fair won the tournament's MVP, taking home a wooden trophy shaped like a basketball. After the game, he posed for photos with several fans with the hardware before walking off the floor.

''I'm still in the moment, so I'm good to go,'' Fair said. ''Tomorrow at practice, it'll hit me then.''

Syracuse stopped would-be runs by Baylor several times. The loss snapped Baylor's 11-game winning streak - longest in the nation - dating back to last season's NIT championship run.

''I thought we left here becoming a better team,'' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. ''Obviously there's not much time to work on anything but I'm pleased with our players, how they battled.''

Baylor had a 10-2 run to make it 68-62 with Cory Jefferson dunking an alley-oop pass, but Fair responded immediately with a jumper with just over two minutes left.

Earlier, Baylor pulled to within 4 points when Jefferson tipped in a missed shot by Kenny Chery, but Syracuse answered with a 10-point run capped by a steal by Trevor Cooney that led to a fast break and a layup for Tyler Ennis to make it 66-52 with just over five minutes left.

Jerami Grant scored 19 points and also made the event's all-tournament team. Cooney and Ennis scored 11 points each.

Syracuse shot just under 51 percent, hanging on in the second half after shooting 57.1 percent before halftime. Baylor outscored Syracuse by 1 point in the second half.

''We are figuring out how to make plays. Three nights in a row against good teams - this was a really good tournament for us,'' Boeheim said.

Jefferson led Baylor (6-1) with 15 points. Brady Heslip and Chery had 12 points each.

''There is always room for improvement win or lose no matter what happens,'' Jefferson said. ''We're just going to go back, watch film of the games, over this whole tournament. Look at the things we did wrong and improve it.''

Syracuse jumped to a 10-2 lead on 3-pointers by Fair and Ennis and a jumper from Cooney. Baylor quickly closed the gap and took a 16-14 lead on Brady Heslip's 3-pointer.

Fair later scored five straight points to give Syracuse its first double-digit lead of the night midway through the first half. First, he hit a 3 from the left corner. He then thought about shooting a long jumper the next possession, but instead pulled the ball down and drove to the basket, laying it in left-handed.

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Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange celebrate their Maui Invitational title after beating Baylor. (USATSI)
Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange celebrate their Maui Invitational title after beating Baylor. (USATSI)
Syracuse #8 (7-0) «383674
Baylor #18 (6-1)303767
CUSE:C. Fair 24 Pts
CUSE:R. Christmas 5 Reb
CUSE:T. Ennis 9 Ast
BAYLOR:C. Jefferson 15 Pts
BAYLOR:C. Jefferson 8 Reb
BAYLOR:K. Chery 8 Ast

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C.J. Fair
Cory Jefferson
Syracuse Orange
T. Ennis, G404-112-309011
C. Fair, F3810-172-221124
T. Cooney, G334-112-224111
R. Christmas, F313-31-15137
D. Coleman, F100-20-02010
J. Grant, F308-123-331219
B. Keita, C91-10-00042
M. Gbinije, F90-20-03110
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 30-5910-1117171374
Baylor Bears
K. Chery, G335-90-028112
C. Jefferson, F317-81-280215
G. Franklin, G211-50-02112
I. Austin, C214-53-431411
I. Wainright, G-F141-30-01122
B. Heslip, G284-70-021012
R. O'Neale, F233-31-433310
R. Gathers, F180-21-27011
T. Prince, F111-50-02012
L. Lowery, FDid Not Play
C. Rykhoek, F-CDid Not Play
A. Freeman, GDid Not Play
J. Motley, FDid Not Play
J. Heard, FDid Not Play
Totals 26-476-1230151567
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Georgia Tech3-110-7135
N. Carolina3-214-45
Notre Dame3-213-550
Boston College3-313-683
Miami (Fla.)2-313-420
Va. Tech2-313-573
NC State2-312-668
Florida St.2-413-541
Wake Forest1-48-9126

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Texas Tech4-115-215
W. Virginia4-215-316
Kansas St.2-312-591
Oklahoma St.2-412-681
Iowa St.1-410-6107
Other games
WISC 70 Final
WVU 63