St. John's 74

(14-11, 5-7 Big East)

Syracuse 76

(17-8, 6-5 Big East)

2:00 PM ET, February 11, 2007

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

1 2 T
SJU 34 4074
SYR 31 4576

Top Performers

St. John's: A. Mason Jr. 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Syracuse: D. Nichols 37 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

Syracuse 76, St. John's 74

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Demetris Nichols had a career-high 37 points -- 26 in the second half -- and added 10 rebounds, and Syracuse held off St. John's 76-74 on Sunday.

Syracuse (17-8, 6-5 Big East), which had lost four of its last five to fall into the middle of the Big East standings, avenged a 64-60 loss to St. John's (14-11, 5-7) three weeks ago.

Nichols, the leading scorer in the Big East, also had a career-high seven 3-pointers and was 14-for-24 from the field. Andy Rautins finished with 14 points, Darryl Watkins had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Devendorf had a career-high nine assists.

Anthony Mason led the Red Storm with 21 points, Eugene Lawrence and Lamont Hamilton 14 apiece, and Avery Patterson 12.

St. John's led for much of what was a close game throughout, but the Orange finally caught up on consecutive 3s by Rautins, the second from the top of the key giving Syracuse a 62-57 lead with 6:52 left.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Hamilton and Lawrence gave St. John's a 63-62 lead with 5:02 remaining, but Watkins converted two free throws and Nichols made two more before hitting his final 3 of the game to put Syracuse ahead for good, 69-63, with 3:32 left.

After Nichols hit a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Mason along the baseline, Mason came back with a 3 from the right corner with 49 seconds to go to move the Red Storm back within 71-68.

When Josh Wright missed two free throws with 44 seconds left, Syracuse seemed ready to collapse as it has so frequently this season. But Watkins grabbed the offensive rebound after Wright's second miss and made two free throws, and Devendorf and Wright combined to make three more foul shots to save the game and make Hamilton's 3 at the final buzzer meaningless.

St. John's held a 34-31 halftime lead, and after Terrence Roberts was called for goaltending on the first possession of the second half, Nichols went on one of his amazing scoring sprees. He hit three 3-pointers and netted 19 points in just over eight minutes, his fadeaway jumper along the baseline over Lawrence putting the Orange up 53-50 at 11:39.

Early in the season, Nichols outscored Colgate 24-22 in the second half despite sitting the last seven minutes of the game, and he also had 15 straight in a win over Villanova last month.

Mason and Lawrence each scored 11 points for the Red Storm in the tight first half, which was tied five times. St. John's had the biggest lead of the period, 34-28, on Patterson's free throw after a technical against Roberts, his third foul of the game, with 63 seconds remaining.

Nichols swished a 3 at the buzzer to pull Syracuse within 34-31. It was Syracuse's first basket in nearly four minutes.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 74 76
FG Made-Attempted 28-67 (.418) 26-53 (.491)
3P Made-Attempted 13-30 (.433) 12-25 (.480)
FT Made-Attempted 5-6 (.833) 12-23 (.522)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 6

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