Four players scored in double figures Saturday night, as the No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange routed the Providence Friars, 78-55, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Carrier Dome. Senior guard Scoop Jardine tallied 10 points and dished out nine assists for the Orange (19-0, 6-0), who tied a school record of 19 consecutive victories to being a season. SU will have a chance to set the school mark Monday when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers in a "Big Monday" showdown (7:30 p.m. on ESPN).
Syracuse will also remain atop of the college basketball rankings for the six straight weeks, which also will tie a school record that was set during the 1989-90 campaign.
Senior forward Kris Joseph ended the game with a team-best 13 points for Syracuse, which trailed 17-16 with 5:57 to go in the first half, but used a 15-0 run to take a commanding 38-21 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Orange used runs of 23-0 and two 19-0 runs to collect their second victory over the Friars in just nine days.
Providence (12-7, 1-5) played without their top scorer and passer, junior guard Vincent Council, and dropped their fifth game in six tries.
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