No. 8 Syracuse Dumps No. 18 Baylor

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - C.J Fair scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and No. 8 Syracuse beat No. 18 Baylor 74-67 on Wednesday night for the Maui Invitational title.

The Orange (7-0) delivered three wins in three days, taking control against Baylor midway through the first half and limiting the Bears' hopes of a comeback. Syracuse improved to 9-0 all-time at Maui - it also won the tournament in 1990 and 1998.

"And guess what - I'm never coming back," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim jokingly after the game in a television interview.

Fair won the tournament's MVP, taking home a wooden trophy shaped like a basketball. After the game, he posed for photos with several fans with the hardware before walking off the floor.

Syracuse stopped would-be runs by Baylor several times. The loss snapped Baylor's 11-game winning streak - longest in the nation - dating back to last season's NIT championship run.

Baylor had a 10-2 run to make it 68-62 with Cory Jefferson dunking an alley-oop pass, but Fair responded immediately with a jumper with just over two minutes left.

Earlier, Baylor pulled to within 4 points when Jefferson tipped in a missed shot by Kenny Chery, but Syracuse answered with a 10-point run capped by a steal by Trevor Cooney that led to a fast break and a layup for Tyler Ennis to make it 66-52 with just over five minutes left.

Jerami Grant scored 19 points and also made the event's all-tournament team. Cooney and Ennis scored 11 points each.

Syracuse shot just under 51 percent, hanging on in the second half after shooting 57.1 percent before halftime. Baylor outscored Syracuse by 1 point in the second half.

Jefferson led Baylor (6-1) with 15 points.

Syracuse jumped to a 10-2 lead on 3-pointers by Fair and Ennis and a jumper from Cooney. Baylor quickly closed the gap and took a 16-14 lead on Brady Heslip's 3-pointer.

Fair later scored five straight points to give Syracuse its first double-digit lead of the night midway through the first half. First, he hit a 3 from the left corner. He then thought about shooting a long jumper the next possession, but instead pulled the ball down and drove to the basket, laying it in left-handed.


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