No. 7 Syracuse holds off Providence 72-66

No. 7 Syracuse holds off Providence 72-66
January 9, 2013, 9:07 pm
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Providence's Josh Fortune (4) drives past Syracuse's James Southerland (43) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) C.J. Fair scored 23 with 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 with six assists on Wednesday night as No. 7 Syracuse rallied from a nine-point, first-half deficit to beat Providence 72-66.

Rakeem Christmas scored 15 with eight rebounds for the Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their fifth consecutive game since a Dec. 22 loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden that is their only defeat of the season.

Bryce Cotton scored 24 for Providence (8-7, 0-3), which lost its fifth in a row.

Syracuse made just 3 of 21 attempts from 3-point range, while Providence was 9 of 18.