Syracuse-West Virginia: Orange Snap Skid With Impressive Win Over Mountaineers

Matt ReaganCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

Syracuse, N.Y. The Orange snapped a three game Big East slide with an inspired 74-61 win in the Dome Wednesday night.

Eric Devendorf and Jonny Flynn combined to score 44 points and Paul Harris snapped out of a slump with 14 points and 13 boards. Syracuse played inspired defense, forcing West Virginia to commit 12 turnovers and, more importantly, shoot just 35 percent from the field.

Syracuse defenders seemingly had a hand in the face whenever the Mountaineers attempted a three-point-shot. They ended up only seven for 27 from long range for the game. The Orange didn't exactly light it up from three either, finishing just three of 14 from long range.

The difference came on the boards, where Syracuse out-rebounded West Virginia 40 to 30, led by Harris.

Flynn and Devendorf continued their dominance, and have combined for an astounding 106 points in their last two games.

This was a must-win for the Orange, as they improved to 18-5 on the season.

Next up is surging Villanova, who beat Pittsburg last week. Keep an eye on Paul Harris in that game, as he torched them for a career-high 28 points in a Syracuse win last year.