No. 4 Syracuse 79, No. 5 St. John’s 73
Records: Syracuse (26-6); St. John’s (21-11)
Syracuse advances to Friday’s semifinal round of the BIG EAST Championship, where the Orange will face No. 9-seeded Connecticut. Syracuse and Connecticut have met 12 times in the BIG EAST Championship, with the Orange holding a 7-5 record against the Huskies.
Syracuse-Connecticut will tie Syracuse-Georgetown as the most-played series in the BIG EAST Championship. Syracuse and Georgetown have played 13 times.
Syracuse and Connecticut will meet for the first time in the BIG EAST Championship since their six-overtime game March 12, 2009, in the quarterfinals. Syracuse won that game, 127-117.
Syracuse will make its 22nd appearance in the BIG EAST semifinals. The Orange are 15-6 all-time in the semifinals.
Syracuse is now 46-26 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship – all under coach Jim Boeheim. Boeheim has won more BIG EAST tournament games than any other coach.
Syracuse is 4-1 all-time against St. John’s in the BIG EAST Championship.
Today’s game featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes.
Syracuse center Fab Melo scored a career-high 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting against St. John’s. Melo has registered a career high in scoring in each of his last two games.
Syracuse had 10 blocks and 13 steals.
St. John’s was playing in its first BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal since 2002.
St. John’s forward Sean Evans registered his 11th career double-double – the first of this season – with 11 points and 12 rebounds.