Fair Leads No. 2 Syracuse Over St. John’s
C.J. Fair scored 21 points and had three big shots late as the Syracuse Orange held of the St. John's Red Storm 68-63 on Sunday afternoon.
SU jumped out to an early lead and had a 12 point advantage at the half. Tyler Ennis who also had 21 points in the contest, scored 15 of them in the first half.
St. John's came out blazing in the second half and not only erased the defect, but briefly went ahead. Fair was able to tie the game at 58 with under seven minutes to play and hit two more in the final three minutes as the Orange began to pull away.
"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."
The No. 2 ranked Orange are now 10-0 and set their sights on the Panthers of High Point on Friday evening.