Syracuse 72, Providence 66

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Officials - John Cahill, John Gaffney, Mike Roberts
Attendance - 11121

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Syracuse 30 42 72
Providence 33 33 66

Recap


No. 7 Syracuse 72, Providence 66:
C.J. Fair had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Orange survived an early 3-point shooting onslaught by the Friars' Bryce Cotton before holding off pesky Providence.

Michael Carter-Williams, who entered the game leading the nation at 9.8 assists, had 17 points and six assists for Syracuse (15-1, 3-0 Big East), which defeated Providence for the sixth straight time despite finishing 3-for-21 from 3-point range. The Orange, though, shot 56.1 percent from inside the arc while outscoring the Friars 46-25 in the paint.

Rakeem Christmas scored a career-high 15 points and had eight rebounds for Syracuse, which won the battle of the boards 41-27 and were 17-for-18 from the free throw line, including 9-for-10 by Fair. Cotton scored 17 of his 24 points with five 3-pointers in the first half, but Providence (8-7, 0-3) couldn't sustain the momentum en route to its fifth straight loss.

Syracuse began the week No. 9 in the country in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 26.8, but were torched by Cotton, who made his first five from 3-point range to help the Friars take a 33-30 lead at intermission. After the Orange led 16-10, Providence ripped off a 23-8 run before Syracuse scored the final six points of the first half.

The Friars increased their lead to 38-32 before James Southerland's 3-pointer with 11:24 remaining capped a 15-5 run for the Orange. After Providence drew even, Brandon Triche's bucket put Syracuse ahead for good 49-47 with 9:51 to go.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Friars F Kadeem Batts, who was averaging 16.2 points, scored three and was 1-for-8 from the field. ... Syracuse has won 47 of the last 57 meetings, 10 of the last 11 and improved to 23-6 in Providence. ... The Friars fell to 8-2 when leading at halftime.

Syracuse Orange

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rakeem Christmas 38:00 6-8 0-0 3-3 4 4 8 0 4 1 1 3 15
DaJuan Coleman 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brandon Triche 39:00 2-10 0-4 0-0 2 2 4 5 2 1 4 0 4
C.J. Fair 38:00 7-13 0-1 9-10 6 5 11 0 2 0 1 4 23
Michael Carter-Williams 38:00 6-13 2-6 3-3 1 5 6 6 2 5 1 0 17
James Southerland 38:00 5-16 1-8 2-2 3 4 7 3 2 1 0 0 13
Baye Moussa Keita 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Trevor Cooney 3:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jerami Grant 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 26-62 3-21 17-18 16 20 36 14 16 8 8 7 72
  41.9% 14.3% 94.4% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 8

Providence Friars

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Kadeem Batts 37:00 1-8 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 2 4 1 2 1 3
LaDontae Henton 38:00 4-11 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 10
Josh Fortune 24:00 3-8 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 9
Bryce Cotton 40:00 7-10 5-8 5-7 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 0 24
Sidiki Johnson 19:00 2-5 0-0 4-8 5 2 7 0 4 0 1 1 8
Kris Dunn 9:00 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 4
Vincent Council 30:00 3-6 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 8 2 1 2 1 8
Lee Goldsbrough 3:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-50 9-18 15-23 8 14 22 15 15 4 11 3 66
  42.0% 50.0% 65.2% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 11