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             === Balanced attack helps Syracuse edge Seton Hall ===
 
 Newark,  NJ (Sports  Network) - Brandon Triche buried four 3-pointers en route
 to  a  career-high 29  points on  Saturday, as  sixth-ranked Syracuse held off
 Seton Hall, 76-65, at Prudential Center.
 
 C.J.  Fair followed  with 19  points and  11 rebounds,  while Michael  Carter-
 Williams  donated 14  points and  nine boards  for the  Orange (21-4,  9-3 Big
 East), who were coming off a 66-58 setback at Connecticut on Wednesday.
 
 "I  think Brandon was  aggressive tonight the way we need him to be," Syracuse
 coach  Jim Boeheim said. "I just thought he really, offensively, kept us in it
 early and then he made plays at the end."
 
 James  Southerland  added 11 points off  the bench in the victory, which moved
 Syracuse  into  a tie  for first  place in the  conference with Georgetown and
 Marquette.
 
 Fuquan  Edwin paced the Pirates (13-13, 2-11) with 21 points and Eugene Teague
 tallied  14 points and nine rebounds in the setback, Seton Hall's seventh in a
 row and 11th in its last 12 games.
 
 "As  much  as I  hate losing, I'm  still optimistic with  where we are going,"
 Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said.
 
 Edwin's  3-pointer  just over four minutes  in sparked a 15-6 Seton Hall surge
 that  Haralds  Karlis capped with  a triple  of his own  to give the Pirates a
 21-12 lead.
 
 Boeheim  quickly called  a  timeout, and  whatever  he told  the  team in  the
 huddle  worked  wonders, as the  Orange ripped off 12  straight to take a lead
 they would not relinquish.
 
 Fair's  three-point  play capped  the Orange  outburst to  give the visitors a
 24-21 lead with just over five minutes left.
 
 Seton Hall cut the margin to one, 29-28, on Karlis' trey with just under three
 minutes left in the half, but Syracuse closed the frame on a 7-2 spurt to take
 a 36-30 advantage into the break.
 
 Syracuse  led throughout the second half, but couldn't pull away until Carter-
 Williams knocked down two free throws on three consecutive possessions to give
 the Orange a 59-47 cushion with 9:39 to play.
 
 The Pirates answered with a 7-1 surge to cut the margin to six before Syracuse
 used  a  12-4 run, capped  by another three-point play  from Fair, to push the
 margin to 72-58 with 2:21 remaining.
 
 Back-to-back  triples  from Seton Hall trimmed  the deficit to eight with 1:00
 remaining,  but Triche's  final 3-pointer  with nine  seconds left  pushed the
 margin above double digits for good.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Syracuse  holds  a 47-17 lead in  the all-time series ... Karlis finished with
 eight  points  for the Pirates ...  Triche's previous career-high of 27 points
 came against Oakland last season  ... Seton Hall shot 43.2 percent (19-for-44)
 from  the field,  while Syracuse  finished 39.3  percent (24-for-61)  from the
 floor.
 
 02/17 00:41:03 ET

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