Orange squeeze out tough win at Providence

Updated: January 9, 2013

C.J. Fair scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the seventh-ranked Orange survived the quick start by Bryce Cotton and the Providence Friars for a 72-66 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Michael Carter-Williams filled the box score with 17 points, six assists, six
rebounds and five steals, while Rakeem Christmas contributed to a dominant
frontcourt with 15 points and eight boards in the Orange’s (15-1, 3-0 Big
East) fifth straight victory.

Syracuse shot just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc, but controlled the glass,
36-22, and had 21 more points in the paint, 46-25.

The Friars (8-7, 0-3) held a nine-point lead in the first half behind Cotton’s
17 points in the opening 12-plus minutes. But Cotton was stifled from there,
finishing with just five more points, and Providence was held to 38 percent
shooting in the second half to drop its fifth consecutive game.

Providence’s second leading scorer, Kadeem Batts, was held to three points
after averaging 16.2 coming in.