As soon as Syracuse's beleaguered basketball team got back inside the Carrier Dome, the Orangemen took it right back outside.
Seventh-ranked Syracuse, this time showing no ill effects from its recent off-the-court turmoil, switched strategy Tuesday night and beat Providence 101-83.In their first home game since seven players were briefly suspended, the Orangemen disdained their usual power game. Rather than relying on the front line of Billy Owens, LeRon Ellis and Dave Johnson, Syracuse matched its best-ever three-point effort by making 10 shots from long range.
"We just came out to play and we started hitting threes. Then it was just one after another," Syracuse guard Michael Edwards said. "I don't even know where the three-point line is. I just shot when the shot is there."
Last Saturday, a day after Owens and six others were suspended and then reinstated, Syracuse struggled for a one-point victory over an overmatched Notre Dame.
Owens finished with 25 points and Johnson and Edwards each added 19 as the Orangemen (21-3, 8-3) extended their lead in the Big East to a full game over Georgetown.
Providence (14-9, 5-7) had won four of its previous six games, including victories over Syracuse and No. 13 St. John's. Marques Bragg led the Friars with 20 points and Marvin Saddler had 17.
No. 11 Kansas 74, Missouri 70
After both teams spent most of the game missing foul shots, Terry Brown made three free throws in the final 45 seconds to lift Kansas to its ninth straight victory.
Seton Hall 83, No. 22 Pittsburgh 73
Terry Dehere scored 25 points, Anthony Avent had 21 and Seton Hall shut down Pitt's Brian Shorter to win at East Rutherford, N.J.
No. 24 Texas 65, Rice 64
Texas, back in the national rankings this week for the first time since December, survived a last-second scramble to win its 10th straight game.