Sophomore guard Brandon Triche scored a team-best 20 points for the Syracuse Orange (No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll), who beat the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers, 63-52, in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome. The Orange (21-6, 8-6 Big East) ended a two-game losings streak and helped head coach Jim Boeheim earn his 850th victory. Boeheim joins Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and Mike Krzyzewski as the only NCAA Division I men's basketball head coaches to accomplish the milestone. Currently, SU sits alone in eighth place in the Big East standings.
Trailing 30-26 at halftime, the Orange (21-6, 8-6 Big East) used a 17-5 run, which included eight points from Triche, to earn a 43-35 advantage with 14:46 to go in the game. From there, SU was able to hang on despite WVU's senior guard netting a game-best 23 points that included seven 3-pointers. West Virginia (16-9, 7-6) went 11-of-22 (50.0 percent) from 3-point land, but couldn't produce anything else on offense.
Junior forward Kris Joseph netted 16 points for SU. Senior forward Rick Jackson added 10 points and nine rebounds, while senior point guard Scoop Jardine had a stat-stuffing performance with nine points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds.
SU finished 23-of-50 (46.0) from the field and 4-of-13 (30.8) from behind the 3-point arc. WVU went 17-of-47 (36.2) from the field. The Orange outrebounded the Mountaineers, 31-26.
The Orange (20-6, 7-6 Big East) did have an early 14-8 lead with at about the 12-minute mark, but SU's offense sputtered and the Mountaineers (16-8, 7-5) stayed close. Finally, WVU took a 30-24 lead after Flowers and Mitchell connected on back-to-back 3-pointers with less than two minutes to play in the first half.
Junior forward Kris Joseph and sophomore guard Brandon Triche each have a team-best seven points for SU, which lost six of its last eight games. Triche has three personal fouls and had to sit out a large chunk of time in the first half. Senior forward Rick Jackson has six points and three rebounds for Syracuse, which leads the rebound margin (14-11). Senior point guard Scoop Jardine has four points and three assists.
The Mountaineers finished the half shooting 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from the floor and 7-of-13 (53.8) from behind the 3-point arc. Syracuse shot 11-of-27 (40.7) on field goals and just 2-of-8 (25.0) from 3-point land.
(Sports Network) -- Valentine's Day tends to inspire a sentimental disposition, but there will be no love lost between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Syracuse Orange (No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll), as the Big East Conference foes meet Monday night at the Carrier Dome.
The Mountaineers (16-8, 7-5) are hoping to persevere through the toughest stretch of basketball in program history, as seven of their final nine Big East opponents sport a national ranking. Never before has West Virginia faced seven ranked opponents in nine games. West Virginia last played on Saturday, downing DePaul 82-71. The triumph halted a two game skid, in which the Mountaineers fell to Villanova, 66-50, on Jan. 5th and to Pitt, 71-66, on Jan. 7th.
The Orange (20-6, 7-6) happen to be one of the seven, securely planted in the top-25. Big East play has not been kind to the Orange of late though, as it fell to ranked foes Georgetown (64-56) and Louisville (73-69) in its last two contests. The recent setbacks halted a two-game win streak that included victories over Connecticut (66-58) and USF (72-49).
With regards to the all-time series, tonight's matchup marks the 49th meeting between West Virginia and Syracuse. The Orange currently holds a 32-16 lead over the Mountaineers.
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