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.