Boxscore
Syracuse 74, Rutgers 64
Sunday, February 19, 2012 1:00 PM
Location - Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey
Officials - Jim Burr, Ed Corbett, Mike Nance
Attendance - 8093

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Syracuse 40 34 74
Rutgers 34 30 64

Recap


SYRACUSE 74, RUTGERS 64: C.J. Fair scored a career-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and Scoop Jardine hit a pair of big shots down the stretch as visiting No. 2 Syracuse escaped Rutgers for its seventh straight victory.

Jardine collected 17 points, seven assists and three steals for the Orange (27-1, 14-1 Big East), who pushed their lead in the Big East to 2 ½ games over Marquette and Notre Dame with three to play.

The Scarlet Knights (12-15, 4-10) squandered a chance to take down their third ranked opponent this season. They have dropped five in a row.

Rutgers pulled to within two points on seven different occasions in the second half but could never manage to sneak past the veteran Syracuse squad.

The Scarlet Knights cut it to 64-62 with 3:09 left but Jardine came down and buried a jumper on the ensuing possession. Fair grabbed steals on each of Rutgers’ next two trips and Jardine supplied the dagger, nailing a 3-pointer with 1:12 on the clock to push it to 69-62.

The Orange sealed it at the free throw line.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Rutgers F Gilvydas Biruta matched a career high with 21 points … Scarlet Knights leading scorer Eli Carter was held to seven points on 3-of-13 shooting … Syracuse can clinch the Big East regular season title with a home win over South Florida on Wednesday.

Syracuse Orange

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rakeem Christmas 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Scoop Jardine 37:00 7-13 2-4 1-5 1 3 4 7 1 3 3 0 17
Kris Joseph 37:00 5-10 2-3 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 1 2 1 14
Fab Melo 28:00 2-5 0-0 6-8 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 2 10
Brandon Triche 16:00 2-4 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 5
C.J. Fair 38:00 6-8 1-1 8-8 4 4 8 0 1 2 0 1 21
Baye Moussa Keita 10:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0
Dion Waiters 27:00 2-7 0-3 3-6 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 1 7
James Southerland 3:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-48 5-12 21-31 7 19 26 11 15 9 10 6 74
  50.0% 41.7% 67.7% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 10

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Gilvydas Biruta 30:00 9-14 0-0 3-4 4 3 7 1 4 1 1 0 21
Eli Carter 35:00 3-13 1-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 1 3 0 7
Myles Mack 28:00 3-7 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 4 3 1 1 0 8
Dane Miller 32:00 2-3 0-0 2-2 4 2 6 5 1 0 3 1 6
Jerome Seagears 32:00 1-4 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 3 0 4
Mike Poole 20:00 5-11 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 5 1 0 1 10
Derrick Randall 10:00 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 5
Kadeem Jack 13:00 1-7 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 0 3
TOTAL 200 26-62 3-18 9-11 10 21 31 15 21 6 12 2 64
  41.9% 16.7% 81.8% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 12
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