Orange to Advance

Syracuse wins their first match of the Big East Tournament after having to come back early. More inside.

The first half of the match between the Syracuse Orange and Seton Hall Pirates started out all-Seton Hall. The Pirates shot well and led by double-digits, while the Orange took a mere three attempts from the field in the first four minutes of the game.

Then, Syracuse senior forward James Southerland, a starter in the contest, started to look like the deep threat he has been, and that the Orange most desperately needed. Southerland ended the first half 5-for-7 from three-point range, accounting for all but one of Syracuse's long range makes.

Syracuse's superb shooting brought the game even at the break at 34-all.

The Orange got their first lead of the second half immediately, when sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas threw down a dunk for a 36-34 advantage.

Despite ties, Syracuse would hold onto that advantage, getting out to double-digits, winning 75-63.

The Orange made more than half of their attempts from long range, and connected on better than 50% of their tries overall. Southerland led the team with 20 points.

Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams finished with 14 assists.

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