Zone stifles St. John's

The Syracuse zone has a reputation as one of the nation's best defense. In Sunday's road win, it came up with another strong performance.

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.


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