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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Syracuse 76, Seton Hall 65

By Kieran Darcy


NEWARK, N.J. -- A quick take on Seton Hall's 76-65 loss to No. 6 Syracuse on Saturday night at the Prudential Center:

What it means: Syracuse (21-4, 9-3) is now in a three-way tie atop the Big East standings, alongside Georgetown and Marquette. Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11) is second-to-last and has now lost seven straight games for the first time since 2002.

These two teams, conference rivals since 1979, may not play each other again for a very long time, unless they meet in the Big East tournament next month. Syracuse departs for the ACC after this season.

The turning point: Thanks to some early success from beyond the arc, Seton Hall jumped out to a 21-12 lead with 11:17 left in the first half. But then, the Pirates went ice cold, going more than six minutes without scoring a point. Syracuse scored 12 straight to gain the lead and led 36-30 at intermission.

The Orange went up by 12, 59-47, with nine minutes and change remaining. The Pirates didn't fold, whittling the deficit back down to six, but they got no closer. Brandon Triche's trey with 3:08 remaining was the final dagger, making it 69-56 and essentially putting the game out of reach.

Star watch: Triche had a fantastic game with 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Three other players were in double figures for Syracuse -- C.J. Fair (19 points, 11 rebounds), Michael Carter-Williams (14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and James Southerland (11 points).

Fuquan Edwin had a team-high 21 points for Seton Hall.

Number crunch: Seton Hall shot itself in the foot at the foul line. The Pirates made just 17 of 29 attempts from the charity stripe (58.6 percent).

Syracuse outrebounded Seton Hall 42-32, including 20-9 on the offensive glass. The Orange committed just four turnovers in the game.

What's next: Seton Hall hosts No. 18 Marquette Tuesday at 7 p.m. Syracuse hosts Providence Wednesday at 7 p.m.