No. 17 Syracuse defeats West Virginia
Orange's Triche puts up 20 points in victory
The Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Brandon Triche had 20 points, Kris Joseph added 16 and No. 17 Syracuse rallied late to beat West Virginia 63-52 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak at home.
The Orange (21-6, 8-6 Big East) hadn't lost four in a row at home since 1962-63, four years before coach Jim Boeheim enrolled. Syracuse has won 12 of the last 13 in the series with the Mountaineers (16-9, 7-6), who dropped out of the Top 25 earlier Monday.
After Casey Mitchell made his sixth 3-pointer of the game and Kevin Jones hit a jumper from the top of the key to move West Virginia within 51-49 at 8:22, the Orange responded with a 12-3 run to close the game.
Mitchell, who was 7 of 12 from 3-point range, finished with 23 points.
Joseph started the closing run with two free throws. C.J. Fair deflected a West Virginia pass in the lane and scored on a driving layup at the other end off a feed from Scoop Jardine.
Triche, playing with four fouls, followed by stealing an errant pass and scoring on another driving layup, and Fair's bank shot gave the Orange a seven-point lead with 4:54 left.
Joseph then cut behind the Mountaineers along the baseline and slammed home a feed from Jackson with 3:36 left.
The Syracuse defense, victimized repeatedly in the first half from long range, clamped down late, holding West Virginia to one field goal - a 3-pointer by Mitchell - over the final 8 minutes.