NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Triche scored a career-high 29 points to go with six rebounds and five assists, leading No. 6 Syracuse to a tougher-than-expected 76-65 victory over reeling Seton Hall on Saturday night.
C.J. Fair added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and nine boards as the Orange (21-4, 9-3) rebounded from a loss to Connecticut earlier this week and remained tied with Marquette and Georgetown for first place in the Big East Conference.
Fuquan Edwin had 21 points and Eugene Teague added 14 points and nine rebounds for Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11) in its seventh straight loss and 11th in 12 games. Aaron Cosby was the only other Pirate in double figures with 10.
The banged-up Pirates put a little scare into Syracuse, opening a nine-point lead in the first half before wilting under the Orange's talent and depth. James Southerland added 11 points for Syracuse, which gave coach Jim Boeheim his 911th career win despite getting points from only five players.
Triche was the difference in eclipsing his season high of 25 against Rutgers and his all-time best of 27 against Oakland as a freshman in 2009-10. He hit 10 of 18 shots from the field and put an exclamation point on his performance with a final-minute 3-pointer, his fourth of the game.
The Pirates proved pesky, limiting Syracuse to 38.7 percent shooting from the field. They trailed by six at the half and they were still within 53-47 almost midway through the second half. Carter-Williams then made six straight free throws in a one-man run that coincided with a fan at courtside being ejected for saying something to referee Michael Stephens.
The free throws pushed the lead to 12 and the closest Seton Hall got after that was 60-64 when Teague hit two free throws with 5:51 to go. Over the next three minutes, Rakeem Christmas made 3 of 4 free throws and Triche added two free throws, a one-hand push shot and a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.
Seton Hall, which was outrebounded 42-32, came in coming off a two-point loss to Rutgers and coach Kevin Willard probably wasn't thrilled knowing the Orange had been beaten earlier this week at Connecticut.
The Pirates, however, shot lights out in the first eight-plus minutes, hitting 7 of 10 shots and opening a 21-12 lead against a talented team that had scouts from the Nets, Jazz and other NBA teams sitting among the media. Four of those makes were from long range, with Haralds Karlis' shot from the corner giving them their biggest lead at 21-12.
It didn't last long as Syracuse closed the half with a 24-9 run. Triche, Fair and Southerland scored all but one point in the outburst with Triche and Southerland collecting eight points and Fair seven.