Feb. 10, 2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - JaKarr Sampson scored a game-high 21 points and the St. John's shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the field, but Syracuse fired at a 53.7 clip (29-of-54) clip and drained 10 3s to defeat the Red Storm, 77-58, at the Carrier Dome.
Sampson was 10-of-14 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds to lead St. John's (15-9, 7-5). D'Angelo Harrison added 13 points and Phil Greene IV had 10, but St. John's went just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from long range and committed 16 turnovers. Sir'Dominic Pointer was held scoreless, but had six rebounds and five assists, while Chris Obekpa had seven points and five boards. The Red Storm fired at a 48.4 percent clip (15-of-31) clip in the second half, but was limited to 33.3 percent (8-of-24) in the first half.
St. John's head coach Steve Lavin missed the game due to the overnight death of his 82-year-old father, Cap, leaving the reins to assistant coach Rico Hines. Lavin informed his coaching staff around 9 a.m. and then flew to New York City.
C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Carter-Williams had 17 points, eight assists and six steals to lead Syracuse (20-3, 8-2). Brandon Triche added 16 points and seven assists, and James Southerland chipped in with 13 to give the Orange four players in double-figures. Syracuse, which made 10-of-22 3-pointers, fired at a 50.0 clip from the field in the first half and shot 57.7 percent in the second frame.
St. John's trailed for the entire first half, by as many as 15 points on two occasions, but rallied to open the second half. Harrison drained a pair of 3s, including an off-balance attempt as the shot clock expired, to pull St. John's to within 43-34 with 16:05 remaining.
Syracuse pushed the lead back to 12 before Marc-Antoine Bourgault drained a 3-pointer as part of a 9-2 run as St. John's whittled the deficit to just five points, 48-43, at the 11:45 mark.
St. John's would get no closer than eight the rest of the way and Syracuse closed the game on an 11-2 run for the final margin.
The Red Storm trailed 10-8 at the 15:19 mark of the first half before the Orange used a 19-6 run to grab a 15-point lead, 29-14, with 7:05 to play before halftime. A pair of Amir Garrett free throws cut the deficit to 10, but a Triche 3-pointer with nine seconds left gave Syracuse a 37-24 halftime lead.
St. John's next heads west to Louisville's KFC Yum! Center for a Valentine's Day meeting at 9 p.m. on ESPN.