C.J. Fair scored a career-high 21 points to help guide No. 2 Syracuse (27-1, 14-1) past Rutgers (12-15, 4-10) on Sunday afternoon, 74-64, at the RAC. Fair surpassed his previous career-high of 17 points which he set last season against the Scarlet Knights in the Carrier Dome. He scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half and also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Senior Scoop Jardine had 17 point and seven assists, while Kris Joseph scored in doubles figures for the 23rd time this season with as he also had 14. The first half featured seven ties and nine lead changes, but Syracuse surged ahead by finishing the half on a 10-4 spurt, led by Fair who had six points in that span. The Orange led 40-34 at the break. Syracuse held the lead for the entire second half, and despite the Scarlet Knights getting within two points on five different occasions, they were never able to tie or take the Syracuse lead away. With SU leading 66-62, Jardine iced the game with a three point dagger from the top of the key with 1:12 remaining, pushing the Orange lead to 69-62.
NCAABB: Syracuse Orange vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights