COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory against 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.
Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, left, pushes past St. John’s Rysheed Jordan on Sunday.
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. The majority of the crowd of 16,357 was rooting for Syracuse.
NO. 10 VILLANOVA 73
LA SALLE 52
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - 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 nonconference opponents at Mizzou Arena dating to the 2005-06 opener.
St. Louis native David Brown led Western Michigan (5-4) with 18 points.