Syracuse had a week to ponder its first loss of the season. The Orange nearly thought about it too long.
C.J. Fair scored 13 points, Trevor Cooney added 12, all in the second half to key a late surge, and ninth-ranked Syracuse beat Alcorn State 57-36 on Saturday night in the final game of the Gotham Classic.
''Our defense was good. I think sometimes what happens when you lose your first game you come back and you start thinking about things,'' Orange coach Jim Boeheim said after the 901st win of his career moved him within one of Bob Knight for second place all time among Division I men's coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski leads with 939 wins. ''I think we got frustrated offensively, really, most of the night.''
Especially in the second half.
The fans in the Carrier Dome don't sit until Syracuse scores its first basket of each period, and they were still standing when Cooney finally drained a 3-pointer with 11:20 left after the Orange had missed nine consecutive shots and watched t...