Newark, N.J. • Brandon Triche scored a career-high 29 points to go with six rebounds and five assists to lead No. 6 Syracuse to a tougher-than-expected 76-65 victory over reeling Seton Hall on Saturday night.
C.J. Fair added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and nine boards as the Orange (21-4, 9-3) rebounded from a loss to Connecticut earlier this week and remained tied with Marquette and Georgetown for first place in the Big East Conference.
Fuquan Edwin had 21 points and Eugene Teague added 14 points and nine rebounds for Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11) in its seventh straight loss and 11th in 12 games. Aaron Cosby was the only other Pirate in double figures with 10.
The banged-up Pirates put a little scare into Syracuse by opening a nine-point lead in the first half before wilting under the Orange's talent and depth.
James Southerland added 11 points for Syracuse, which gave coach Jim Boeheim his 911th career win despite getting points from only five players.
Triche was the difference in eclipsing his season high of 25 against Rutgers and his all-time best of 27 against Oakland as a freshman in 2009-10. He hit 10 of 18 shots from the field and put an exclamation point on his performance with a final-minute 3-pointer, his fourth of the game.