Two Big East Conference squads soon to be rivals of the Atlantic Coast Conference faced off in a rematch from an earlier contest this season.
Syracuse broke a 14-14 tie with Pittsburgh at 8:07 thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Brandon Triche and would not give up the lead for the rest of the opening half.
Fellow senior, forward James Southerland, who was unavailable due to off-the-court issues the last time the Orange faced the Panthers, made sure eveyone knew he was available for this game. He was 6-for-7 in the first half, making all five of his attempts from distance. Southerland finished the first 20 minutes tying his output from the first half versus the Seton Hall Pirates, with 17 points.
Despite Pittsburgh cutting into Syracuse's lead in the second half, bringing it below double-digits, as low as one point, the Orange did not let up offensively, charging forward into the Big East Tournament's final four.
Sophomore guard went 4-for-4 from the free throw line with under 30 seconds to play to secure the victory for the Orange, 62-59.
Syracuse will move on to play Georgetown tomorrow in yet another rematch at 7pm ET.