NCAA Game Summary - Syracuse at Providence
(Wednesday, January 9th)
Final Score: (7) Syracuse 72, Providence 66
Providence, RI (Sports Network) - C.J. Fair scored 23 points and grabbed 11
rebounds as the seventh-ranked Orange survived the quick start by Bryce Cotton
and the Providence Friars for a 72-66 win at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Michael Carter-Williams filled the box score with 17 points, six assists, six
rebounds and five steals, while Rakeem Christmas contributed to a dominant
frontcourt with 15 points and eight boards in the Orange's (15-1, 3-0 Big
East) fifth straight victory.
Syracuse shot just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc, but controlled the glass,
41-27, and had 21 more points in the paint, 46-25.
The Friars (8-7, 0-3) held a nine-point lead in the first half behind Cotton's
17 points in the opening 12-plus minutes. But Cotton was stifled from there,
finishing with just five more points, and Providence was held to 38 percent
shooting in the second half to drop its fifth consecutive game.
Providence's second leading scorer, Kadeem Batts, was limited to three points
after averaging 16.2 coming in.
Syracuse controlled the tempo in the second half and led the final 10 minutes.
On back-to-back possessions late in the game, Fair cleaned up his own miss
with a layup and followed up a Carter-Williams miss with a thunderous dunk for
a 58-53 lead with under five minutes to play.
Cotton made two free throws to get within a possession, but another offensive
rebound at the other end, this time from Christmas, resulted in an easy deuce
for Syracuse. James Southerland made it 62-55 the next time down with a mid-
range jumper, and the Orange made enough free throws down the stretch to hold
off Providence's late charge.
Cotton made his first six shots -- five from long range -- to jump-start the
Friars. By comparison, Syracuse started out 0-for-9 from 3-point range and
trailed 33-24 after a LaDontae Henton layup with five minutes remaining in the
Providence saw its lead dwindle to 33-30 at the break, and Syracuse pulled
even at 38-38 following a pair of Christmas dunks less than five minutes after
The Orange have won the last six meetings ... The Friars' last win against
Syracuse came on Jan. 28, 2009 ... Syracuse shot 17-of-18 from the foul line,
compared to Providence's 15-of-23 effort ... Southerland totaled 13 points and
seven rebounds off the bench.
01/09 22:17:49 ET
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