The Syracuse mens basketball team used an extended second half run to remain unbeaten Tuesday.
C.J. Fair had 17 points and Tyler Ennis had 13 points and seven assists and the Associated Press No. 2 Orange held host Virginia Tech without a point for eight and a half minutes in a 72-52 victory.
Ben Emelogu hit a jumper at the 14:52 mark of the second half that pulled the Hokies to within 44-40. Fair and Ennis had six points each as Syracuse followed with a 16-0 spurt to go up 60-40 with just under seven minutes to play.
Jerami Grant chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse, which improved to 15-0 and 2-0 in the ACC. The Orange were playing at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum for the first time since losing in January, 1978. The teams were once Big East Conference rivals and with the Orange joining the ACC this season are again league foes.
C.J. Barksdale led the Hokies (8-6, 1-1) with 12 points off the bench.
A look at the rest of Tuesday’s SEC and ACC action….
Tennessee 68, LSU 50
The Volunteers used a strong stretch late in the first half to pull away and win the SEC opener for both schools.
Tennessee (10-4) led just 20-18 with seven minutes until halftime, but Antonio Barton hit three 3-pointers, part of his 14-point night, during an 18-6 run to close the half. LSU (9-4), which lost for the sixth consecutive time in the series, last winning in January, 2009, shot just 36 percent from the field, including a 2-of-14 performance from three-point range.
Jordan McRae had 19 points and Jarnell Stokes added 15 for the Vols, while Jordan Mickey led LSU with 14 points.
Alabama 68, Vanderbilt 63
Trevor Releford scored 16 points to lead four in double figures as the Crimson Tide won their SEC opener.
Retin Obashan and Shannon Hale added 15 points each for Alabama (7-7, 1-0), which turned a 20-20 game at the seven-minute mark of the first half into a 36-26 halftime lead. The Tide, which shot 56 percent from the field in the second half, then led by as much as 16 points over the final 20 minutes. Vanderbilt (8-5, 0-1), which made 51 percent of its shots in the second half, got as close as 63-60 with 2:26 to play on two free throws by Rod Odum (game-high 20 points), but Obasohan drained a 3-pointer and Releford hit a pair of free throws to put the game away.
Alabama defeated Vanderbilt at home for the first time since March, 2008.
N.C. State 77, Notre Dame 70
The Wolfpack had four in double figures to win in the first meeting between the teams since 2005.
Steve Vasturia hit a 3-pointer, the freshman guard’s only basket of the night, to get the host Irish to within 69-66 with 1:29 left in the game. T.J. Warren, who led N.C. State (11-4, 1-1) with 17 points, hit two free throws, and though Garrick Sherman converted a lay up to once again make it a three-point game, the visitors made 6-of-8 free throws over the final 41 seconds to preserve the victory.
Sherman had 21 points and 18 rebounds for Notre Dame (10-5, 1-1), which hit half of its field goal attempts in the first half, but just 33 percent in the final 20 minutes. Anthony Barber scored 16 points, while Desmond Lee and Ralston Turner added 12 each for N.C. State.