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SU basketball sweeps three road games

Moving toward the top of the national rankings, the no. 5 Syracuse University men's basketball team maintained their road dominance, winning an impressive three gamesin six days.

It started out on Jan. 13 with an Orange win over Rutgers 81-65.

Midway into the second half, the Scarlet Knights trimmed the deficit to eight. However, when SU needed it, Andy Rautins and Kris Joseph drilled clutch 3-pointers.

And any aspiration of a Rutgers upset was dashed when Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson pounded the Knights into submission by relentlessly scoring points in the paint.

An even bigger game loomed three days later at West Virginia - but the Orange proceeded to conquer the top-10-ranked Mountaineers 72-71.

It was first time in 50 years that two top 10 ranked teams played in Morgantown. In front of 15,271 spectators, the Orange continued their mastery over the Mountaineers by winning its 10 game in the last 11 meetings.

It was a game that came down to the wire, as SU barely staved of a late West Virginia rally that featured five 3-pointers in the last 2:23.

SU shot well from the field - 58 percent, to be exact - but was fortunate to win because in stretch run they committed two turnovers, while only hitting two out of four free throws.

With three seconds remaining, Kris Joseph missed both free throws, but the Mountaineers' last-second heave fell short.

In the end Syracuse posted their most impressive win in the Big East improving to 17-1, 4-1 in conference play.

This road run would climax on Monday, at Notre Dame. Would the win streak come to an end in South Bend?

The answer to that question was yet another hard-fought SU victory in hostile territory, the Oranage prevailing over the Fighting Irish by a score of 84-71. Of SU's 15 wins, 15 have been by double digits.

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