Fair helps No. 2 Orange hold off Red Storm

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NEW YORK — C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis both scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory over St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Syracuse's C.J. Fair (top) puts up a shot against St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer. Fair scored 21 points to lead the Orange to a five-point win Sunday.  SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Syracuse's C.J. Fair (top) puts up a shot against St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer. Fair scored 21 points to lead the Orange to a five-point win Sunday.

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.

D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s with 21 points on 6 of 19 shooting.

BOSTON COLLEGE 67, PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE 50

In Boston, Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points and Boston College overcame a sluggish 30 minutes before pulling away for a win over Division II Philadelphia College.

Alex Dragicevich hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, and Ryan Anderson and Will Magarity each had 10 for the Eagles (4-7), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

NO. 24 MISSOURI 66, WESTERN MICHIGAN 60

In Columbia, Mo., Jabari Brown scored 15 points while Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross both added 12 to help Missouri defeat Western Michigan.

St. Louis native David Brown led Western Michigan (5-4) with 18 points and Shayne Whittington added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

WOMEN

NO. 16 GEORGIA 91, KENNESAW STATE 32

In Athens, Ga., Merritt Hempe scored a career-high 18 points, 14 in the first half, as Georgia routed Kennesaw State.
Georgia only made two field goals in the first 4:30 of the second half, but then went on a 25-0 run and took a commanding 74-20 lead.

Tiaria Griffin made three 3-pointers during the stretch that saw six different players score. Shacobla Barbee and Griffin had 13 apiece for Georgia (10-0) while Khaalidah Miller and Halle Washington added 12 each.

The win gave Georgia its eighth-best start in the program’s history and its 20th all-time 10-game winning streak.

NO. 5 KENTUCKY 73, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 56

In Lexington, Ky., Janee Thompson and Samari Walker each scored 12 points to lead fifth-ranked Kentucky to a win over East Tennessee State.

NO. 13 LOUISIANA STATE 58, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 51

In Little Rock, Ark., Theresa Plaisance scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds as No. 13 Louisiana State erased a first-half deficit to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Lady Tigers have now won six in a row after a loss to No. 5 Louisville on Nov. 14.


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