VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
CFL
More
Betting Tools

 
Syracuse rallies past Villanova, 78-62

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 Saturday, rallying No. 2 Syracuse past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 in a game between two of nine unbeaten teams left in Division I.

Advertisement
At first, Villanova did little wrong in a game that seemed like an old-fashioned Big East game, even though Syracuse is playing its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But Syracuse, which trailed by 18 points in the first half, used a 20-point run to gain a four-point halftime lead and ran off nine straight early in the second half to build a double-digit lead.

Syracuse (12-0) was the third unbeaten ranked team the Wildcats (11-1) had faced this season. Villanova handed then-No. 2 Kansas its first loss of the season a month ago in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis and came back the next night and defeated No. 23 Iowa in overtime.

Villanova dropped to 13-16 against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the best mark of any team that's played 10 games under the Orange's Teflon roof, and 4-5 since Jay Wright took over as coach of the Wildcats in 2001.

James Bell hit a career-high six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 25 points to lead Villanova before fouling out with 1:42 left.

In the second half, the Wildcats committed four fouls in a 59-second span. Cooney's 3 from the top of the key gave the Orange a 47-37 lead with 16:32 left and Fair's follow slam of a miss by Ennis kept the lead at 10.

Nova took advantage of a flagrant foul whistled against Jerami Grant midway through the period as boos rained down from the Carrier Dome crowd of 28,135, the largest of the season. Bell sank the two free throws and Josh Hart's 3 from the left corner closed the gap to 54-49 with 9:25 to play.

Villanova closed to 56-53 at 7:02 after Bell hit a 3 from the corner Daniel Ochefu's free throw and wouldn't wilt. Another 3 from the corner by Bell moved the Wildcats within 64-59 with 3:25 left, but the Orange made 14 of 16 free throws to thwart the Wildcats.

Syracuse finished 29 of 35 from the free throw line. Grant finished with 11 points for the Orange.

Hart had 10 points, the only other Villanova player in double figures. JayVaughn Pinkston, Nova's leading scorer at 16.5 points per game, had 3 points. Darrun Hilliard, averaging 14.4, finished with five points on 1-of-7 shooting before fouling out in the final minute.

Villanova has six players with at least 10 made 3-pointers this season, and the Wildcats torched the Orange early, hitting four straight from beyond the arc.

Syracuse struggled to create open looks and went nearly 4 minutes without a basket as the Wildcats extended their lead to 25-7.

If the Orange were frazzled by their largest deficit of the season, it never showed. They responded with a 20-0 run over the next 5 minutes to regain the lead as the Wildcats missed seven shots, committed three fouls and were called for a travel before losing the ball out of bounds. Cooney had 11 points and Fair added six in the spurt, which was capped by a driving layup by Ennis at 4:51.

The Wildcats trailed 34-30 at the half, not bad considering Pinkston had only three points on 1-of-3 shooting, his only make coming on a desperation 3 at the shot-clock buzzer in the final minute.

---

Follow Kekis on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Greek1947

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: College Hoops Superlatives
Ex-Memphis G Johnson leaves for Auburn
Hurricanes' Huell to return to school
K-State extends Weber through 2023
NCAA grants FSU's Cofer extra year
K-State's Brown returns for senior year
Tubby Smith hires son as assistant
UNC's Maye returning for final year
Former UNC star has surgery for cancer
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2017 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 6267
Antony Dinero + 2956
Kyle Hunter + 2411
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Marc Lawrence 58 %
Joe Nelson 57 %
Bruce Marshall 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2773
Jimmy Boyd + 1758
Micah Roberts + 1439
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 5769
Micah Roberts + 3736
Kyle Hunter + 3448
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3822
Antony Dinero + 3380
Bill Marzano + 1479
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership