NEW YORK (AP) 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.
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 Conference game. Syracuse is now a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and St. John's remained in the Big East. The majority of the crowd of 16,357 was rooting for Syracuse, something they used to get to do during the Big East tournament. Now, it will be a rare visit to Madison Square Garden for the Orange.
This was Syracuse's first true road game this season. It was the Orange's ninth straight win in the series that Syracuse leads 51-37.
The Red Storm missed their first 10 attempts from 3-point range and were 1 of 15 overall. They were coming off a 104-58 victory over Fordham in which they shot 60 percent on 3s.
St. John's came into the game leading the nation in blocked shots at 10.5 per game. The Red Storm had five Sunday, one more than Syracuse.
Chris Obekkpa of the Red Storm, who leads the nation in blocked shots at 5.5 per game, had three.
Jerami Grant scored 14 points for the Orange.
Jordan had a career-high 13 points for the Red Storm and JaKarr Sampson added 12.