Syracuse defeats Seton Hall, moves on to Big East quarterfinals

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Updated: March 13, 2013

James Southerland was lights-out from beyond
the arc and No. 19 Syracuse snapped out of its funk with a strong second half
to down Seton Hall, 75-63, in second-round play of the Big East Tournament.

Syracuse (24-8) had dropped four of its final five regular-season contests,
but Southerland tallied 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range
to get the fifth-seeded Orange back on track and set up a quarterfinals
matchup with fourth-seeded Pittsburgh on Thursday.

C.J. Fair had 14 of his 16 points over the final 20 minutes for Syracuse,
while Brandon Triche donated 17 points and Michael Carter-Williams facilitated
the offense with 14 assists in the victory.

The Pirates (15-18) jumped out to an early lead, but struggled to keep pace
in the second half. Aaron Cosby scored a game-high 22 points, Eugene Teague
added 13 and Fuquan Edwin finished with 11 points in defeat.

The Orange got out to a slow start, but rallied to tie the score at 34-34 by
the break after Southerland’s fifth triple sparked a 9-2 push to close out the
half.

Syracuse carried the momentum out of the locker room and ran away with the
contest following a 21-4 run. Fair scored eight points during the surge and
bookended it with a pair of jumpers, staking the Orange to a 67-50 lead that
all but sealed the victory.

Edwin and Cosby were the only scorers for the Pirates through the initial 18
1/2 minutes of the second half, with the duo combining for 24 of Seton Hall’s
29 points.

The Pirates got out to a fast start, leading 16-6 following Kyle Smyth’s third
3-pointer in the first six-plus minutes of the contest.

They kept a 10-point advantage following an 8-0 surge midway through the
period, but after the Orange tied the game by halftime, Seton Hall never led
again.

A pair of free throws from Cosby tied the contest at 46-46 prior to Syracuse’s
decisive run.

Game Notes

The Orange shot 56.3 percent from the field, including 9-for-15 from long
distance … The Pirates were 10-for-20 from 3-point range … Syracuse
outrebounded Seton Hall, 29-18.