James Southerland made his first appearance for Syracuse in seven games and led the No. 9 Orange to a 77-58 victory over heavy-hearted St. John's in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange pretty much had their way with the Red Storm throughout the game, but it was C.J. Fair's thunderous one-handed slam dunk right before the half that got the home crowd on its feet. Too bad Fair's soaring basket over the Johnnies' Sir' Dominic Pointer was nullified by a charging foul.
Even though the resounding slam wasn't worth 2 points, it's still worth a second look.
The win gave Syracuse (20-3, 8-2 Big East) coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 wins or more. He holds the NCAA record in that category.
St. John's (15-9, 7-5) was without their head coach Steve Lavin — who missed the game due to the overnight death of his father, Cap, leaving Rico Hines in charge.
Fair finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.