Syracuse Squeaks By St. Francis To Stay Unbeaten
The ninth-ranked Syracuse men's basketball team pulled out a narrow 56-50 non-conference win against St. Francis (NY) at the Carrier Dome on Monday. In a week that saw #7 Michigan and #12 North Carolina fall at the hands of unranked opponents, the Orange managed to avoid their first non-conference home loss since December 2008.
Terriers held a 50-46 lead with just about four minutes left in regulation but the Orange made a big run and scored the final ten points of the game to seal the comeback victory.
DaJuan Coleman led the Orange with 14 points and 6 boards while Jerami Grant chipped in 13 off the bench. C.J. Fair, the projected ACC Player of the Year, was held to just 7 points and shot an abysmal 2-13 from the field.
Jalen Cannon led the Terriers with 16 points and 8 rebounds. St. Francis falls to 2-2 while Syracuse improves to 4-0 and will be playing in the EA Sports Maui Invitational next week. The Orange will be taking on Minnesota in their first tournament game on Monday.
(Game recap by Tim Best)