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Syracuse jacks up St. John's in Southerland's return

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Syracuse jacks up St. John's in Southerland's return
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds and No. 9 Syracuse beat St. John's 77-58 on Sunday.

It was the 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), extending the nation's longest active home streak in Division I. The win also gave coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories. Boeheim holds the NCAA record in that category.

St. John's coach Steve Lavin missed the game due to the overnight death of his 82-year-old father, Cap, leaving the reins to assistant coach Rico Hines. Lavin informed his coaching staff around 9 a.m. and then flew to New York City.

St. John's (15-9, 7-5) had won six of seven, the only loss coming last week at Georgetown, and was 2-2 against ranked teams this season.

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