2:37 PM ET, March 10, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Syracuse is back in the Big East tournament semifinals. The players who came up big for the Orange in the quarterfinals don't have any experience in those kind of games.Sophomore guard Brandon Triche had a season-high 22 points and freshman center Fab Melo scored a career-high 12, including two layups in the final 2 minutes, and No. 11 Syracuse beat St. John's (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 79-73 on Thursday.The fourth-seeded Orange (26-6) will meet ninth-seeded Connecticut (24-9) in the semifinals Friday night. The Huskies beat top-seeded Pittsburgh 76-74 on Kemba Walker's buzzer-beating jumper Thursday.
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• Brandon Triche scored 22 points and Fab Melo chipped in with an unexpected career-high 12 as the Orange advanced to the semifinals.
• Syracuse and Connecticut will meet in the tournament for the first time since their six-overtime marathon two years ago.
• Dwight Hardy scored 22 points for the Red Storm, who finished the season 8-2 at Madison Square Garden. Both losses came against Syracuse.
• Syracuse won its 46th Big East tournament game, second only to Georgetown's 49.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-57 (.474)||26-59 (.441)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-14 (.286)||7-19 (.368)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-24 (.625)||20-29 (.690)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|