Syracuse 84, Seton Hall 61
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Dwayne Washington scored a season-high 28 points, including nine during an 11-point run late in the second half, as eighth-ranked Syracuse downed Seton Hall 84-61 in a Big East Conference game Wednesday night.
It was a close game for 30 minutes with Seton Hall clinging to a 49-47 lead following a basket by Frank Torruella with 9:58 to play.
Then Washington took over, hitting a three-point play just 14 seconds later, driving the baseline for a layup and converting the foul shot to put Syracuse ahead 50-49.
Washington added a second three-point play with 8:56 to go, then stole the ball and fed Sherman Douglas for a layup and a 55-49 Syracuse edge. He followed with another layup 14 seconds after Douglas’ layup and converted one of two free throws to cap the surge at the 7:41 mark, giving Syracuse a 58-49 lead.
Syracuse, which also got 15 points from Douglas off the bench, was never threatened after that as it won its fifth in a row and raised its record to 18-2 and 9-1 in the league.
Mark Bryant topped Seton Hall with 14 points. The Pirates now are 11-12 and 1-8 in the league.
Syracuse took 7 1/2 minutes to get untracked in the first half, falling behind 13-8.
However, Washington ignited a 12-4 spurt over the next six minutes with a pair of layups, and the Orangemen opened a 20-17 edge. Wendell Alexis, who had 18 points, capped the run with a long jumper and finger-roll layup.
The Orangemen maintained that slim advantage until the closing minutes of the half, but two Ricky Burton layups and another by Martin Salley one second before intermission sent the teams to the locker room tied 31-31.
Andre McCloud, the Pirates’ leading scorer, sprained his right ankle and missed the final four minutes of the first half. He finished with 12 points.