TOP 25 ROUNDUP: Syracuse holds off old rivals
C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory over St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Fair hit three big shots from the same spot — about 15 feet from the basket on the right baseline. The smooth left-handed shooter tied the game from there at 58 with 6:51 to go, then he made two more in the final 3 minutes as the Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.
Ennis had 15 points in the first half as Syracuse took a 39-27 lead. The Red Storm (6-3) chipped away and were able to tie it at 53 on three free throws by Rysheed Jordan with 9:16 to go. There were then four lead changes and three ties as Syracuse became the second highly ranked team to escape this weekend.
No. 1 Arizona beat Michigan, 72-70, on Saturday.
D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s with 21 points on 6 of 19 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
Since 1979, this had always been a Big East game. Syracuse is now a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and St. John’s remained in the Big East.
NO. 10 VILLANOVA 73, LA SALLE 52: Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting undefeated Villanova past La Salle. The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38. The Wildcats have now thumped city rivals Penn, Saint Joseph’s and the Explorers (5-5) by at least 20 points in each game.
NO. 24 MISSOURI 66, WESTERN MICHIGAN 60: Jabari Brown scored 15 points to help Missouri beat Western Michigan. Missouri (10-0) stretched its NCAA-best home-court winning streak to 25 games and has won 80 straight games against non-conference opponents at Mizzou Arena dating to the 2005-06 opener. St. Louis native David Brown led Western Michigan (5-4) with 18 points.