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Syracuse was facing a providence team that was hungry for a marquee win since Ed Cooley took over the program. This game was basically tight through the whole game, but after the under 4 of the second half, Syracuse was able to pull away and keep the lead by hitting free throws. Syracuse earns the victory 72 to 66.
  • CJ Fair was again Syracuse's leading scorer with 23 points. He made a lot of mid range shots and got some great tip ins off of teammate's missed balls. He was 7-13 from the floor and 9-10 on free throws. He also had 11 rebounds (leading the team) and 4 blocks. Clearly player of the game.
  • Rakeem Christmas was the guy that really helped Syracuse get a lead late. He also kept the game close with several slams and give and gos. He went 6-8 for 15 points and eight rebounds.
  • Michael Carter-Williams finished with 17 points on 6-13 shooting.
  • James Southerland had 13 points off the bench despite shooting 5-16 from the floor. He was 1-8 from behind the arc, easily his worst performance of the year.
  • Brandon Triche was the only other player that scored in the game with four points. He was 2-10 and 0-4 from the floor. He led the team with four turnovers, half of the Syracuse team total.
  • Syracuse let Bryce Cotton explode for 24 points for Providence. Syracuse's defense never was really able to contain him in this game.
  • There were three key stats in this game. Three point field goals, free throws, and rebounds determined the outcome of this game. Syracuse was 14.3 % (3-21) from behind the arc, while Providence was 50% (9-18). That kept Providence in the game and gave them a first half lead going into the locker room. Rebounds, Syracuse held the advantage 36 to 22. That allowed Syracuse to limit Providence's second chance points and give them the opportunity to take the lead and keep in late in the game. And finally, Syracuse was 17-18 (94.4%) from the free throw line, while Providence was 15-23 (65.2%). This gave Syracuse the win by scoring when Syracuse couldn't from the floor and never let Providence close the game in the last minute.
  • Syracuse shot 41.9% from the floor. Providence shot 42%. Very close, hence why the game was close so long.
  • Syracuse did limit their turnovers to 8, which is one of the better performances of the year, but shot selection was a problem early in the game when shots were not falling and there was a false sense of urgency to get back in the game and score.
  • The officiating in this game was horrendous. You'll probably not see a worse call this season than the five second inbounding violation on CJ Fair. The video, courtesy of John, is here. You can clearly see that the official counts only to three and that CJ also tried to call time out and thought he got it when the whistle blew, only to find out they gave the ball to Providence. Boeheim erupted in the game and rightly so.
  • Syracuse's starters each played at least 38 minutes in the game except for DaJuan Coleman who only played two. Southerland played 38 minutes off the bench. Clearly Boeheim wanted veterans on the floor.
Syracuse ended up hanging on in a close game that they should have pulled away in long before they did. But when you shoot that poorly from outside it isn't that surprising. Either way, Syracuse continues to win in the league. Syracuse managed a win today and John will have the recap on that shortly, but for now Syracuse remains undefeated in league play, despite having close calls.

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