The Syracuse defense faced one of the most athletic teams on their schedule to date on Sunday. St. John's featured several talented scorers who would test the vaunted 2-3 zone.
The Orange proved more than up to the task as they put together a strong defensive effort, leading them to a big road win.
Syracuse held St. John's to 37.5% shooting from the floor, including just 1-15 from beyond the arc. The Orange only forced nine turnovers, but blocked four shots and forced the Red Storm into a bunch of long three point attempts.
D'Angelo Harrison is the best scorer on St. John's, and the Orange held him in check on just 6-19 shooting from the field. He was only 1-5 from three-point range. In fact, the three starting St. John's guards combined to go just 9-33 from the field or just 27%.
The defense was especially strong over the final 5:05 of the game, holding St. John's to 0-10 shooting from the floor. With the Red Storm clinging to a two point lead at that point, the Orange took the zone to a different level.
Rotations were more crisp, the length became a problem for St. John's, and the Orange got a hand in the face of Red Storm shooters. As Syracuse looks to finish non-conference play undefeated, it is the defense that continues to lead the way for the Orange.