No. 2 Syracuse Vs. Rutgers: Scoop Jardine, Orange Avoid Upset

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - FEBRUARY 19: Scoop Jardine #11 of the Syracuse Orange looks to pass in the first half against Gilvydas Biruta #55 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Louis Brown Athletic Center on February 19, 2012 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Scoop Jardine kept No. 2 Syracuse from an upset at Rutgers.

Scoop Jardine scored 17 points, including five big ones in the final three minutes, and No. 2 Syracuse escaped Louis Brown Athletic Center with a win against Rutgers, 74-64.

The Scarlet Knights hung tough with the Orange. But with Syracuse clinging to a 64-62 lead, Jardine hit a jumper and a three-pointer give a cushion and Syracuse hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

The Orange bigs, Kris Joseph and Fab Melo, contributed at the offensive end combining for 24 points. But Rutgers forward Gilvydas Biruta finished with 21 points and seven rebounds to power the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers outrebounded the Orange, but the Scarlet Knights might have shot themselves out of a win, finishing just 3-of-18 from behind the three-point arc (16.7 percent).

For more on Syracuse, head over to our blog Troy Nunes Is an Absolute Magician; for more on Rutgers, check out On The Banks.

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