College basketball: No. 2 Syracuse beats St. John's
Top 25 basketball • Forward C.J. Fair leads undefeated Orange to victory.
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New York • C.J. Fair didn't have many chances to be the main option for Syracuse last season.

Now he has plenty.

The 6-foot-8 forward has gone from the Orange's fourth option to No. 1, and he showed why Sunday in a 68-63 victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

"We went to C.J., and he made a couple of tough plays. Shots that had to be made," coach Jim Boeheim said. "He's been a key player. He wasn't our first option last year but he's always made big shots, big plays for us."

Fair hit three big shots from the same spot — about 15 feet from the basket on the right baseline. The smooth left-handed shooter tied the game from there at 58 with 6:51 to go, then he made two more in the final 3 minutes as the second-ranked Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.

Fair and freshman guard Tyler Ennis both scored 21 points to lead the Orange.

No. 10 Villanova 73, La Salle 52 • In Villanova, Pa., Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting undefeated Villanova past La Salle.

The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38. —

Top-25 scores

• No. 2 Syracuse 68,St. John's 63

• No. 10 Villanova 73,La Salle 52

• No. 24 Missouri 66,Western Michigan 60