No. 7 Syracuse vs. Villanova final score: Orange outlast Wildcats, 72-61

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse overcame a halftime deficit against Villanova with a big second half from C.J. Fair.

The No. 7 Syracuse Orange defeated the Villanova Wildcats, 72-61, on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Orange used a big second half to pull away from the Wildcats, who held a 29-27 halftime lead. C.J. Fair came alive after the break, scoring 16 points to lead Syracuse to a 45-32 second-half advantage. Fair finished the game with 22 points, which led all scorers. Jerami Grant added 13 points, while Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams pitched in 10 apiece.

Villaova's JayVaughn Pinkston came off the bench to score seven first-half points, helping the Wildcats make the Orange sweat it out for a while. He finished with a team-leading 12 points. Meanwhile, Mouphtaou Yarou chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Syracuse (16-1) extended its record in Big East play to 4-0 with the victory. Villanova (11-5) fell to 2-1 in conference action. The Orange will hit the road for a huge meeting with No. 3 Louisville next Saturday, while the Wildcats return home to face Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.