Clutch down the stretch

Syracuse was in a dog fight on the road against a talented team. They answered the ball, like they seemingly always do, with clutch plays down the stretch on their way to their tenth victory of the season.

Seemingly every time a questions is asked of this Syracuse squad, they answer it the next game. Really the only one left was how the Orange would respond on the road when things aren't going their way. On Sunday, they answered that question as well.

With a 12 point lead at the half, Syracuse seemed to be in complete control. Then St. John's came out and made a run in the second half. They forced the Orange to turn it over, made shots, and took a 60-58 lead with under five minutes to play.

That's when Syracuse took control. True freshman Tyler Ennis scored four straight points to give the Orange the lead back, and C.J. Fair followed it up with back to back jumpers (one on an assist from Ennis) to extend the Syracuse lead to five. Ennis capped the 10-1 run with two more free throws.

Adversity in a hostile environment against a talented team that was as up for this game as any they will have all season. Syracuse answered the bell, and the collective question, in the final five minutes of Sunday's game.

Over the final 5:05, Syracuse held St. John's without a field goal on 0-10 shooting and forced three turnovers. As the defense turned up the heat, the offense made big plays as well.

Over that same stretch, the Syracuse offense was 3-4 shooting from the field while only turning it over once. Big shots, defensive stops and big rebounds. This Syracuse team is as talented as any in the country and continues to win in a variety of ways.

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