Syracuse Use Balanced Scoring Effort to Take Out Second Place Villanova

Sam BlumCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2010

ROSEMONT, IL - JANUARY 30: Wes Johnson #4 and Rick Jackson #00 of the Syracuse Orange smile as they walk off the court following a close win over the DePaul Blue Demons at the Allstate Arena on January 30, 2010 in Rosemont, Illinois. Syracuse defeated DePaul 59-57. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In front of sea of orange, Syracuse grabbed a huge win to take home the Big East regular season crown. 

It was a record crowd tonight at the Carrier Dome to see a 95-77 Orange victory. Never has an on campus game been more highly attended than tonight's Big East showdown. 

Every Syracuse player was on tonight, with six out of seven of their regulars scoring in double figures, a number which really speaks about the depth of a Syracuse basketball team. 

The game was not in doubt much of the way as Syracuse solidified their bid as a number one seed in both the Big East tournament coming up on March 9th, and for the NCAA tournament. 

Rick Jackson led all scorers with 19, however it wasn't a one man show. Arinze Onuaku had 17, while Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine both finished with 16. Brandon Triche was the lone man left out of the the party, finishing with just one point. 

Scottie Reynolds had 16 to lead the way for the Wildcats, who will board the bus uncertain of their future. They have lost three out of four, and are just one game up on West Virginia and Pittsburgh with two left to play. They have Cincinnati on the road, and a huge game against the Mountaineers next Saturday. 

Syracuse grabbed the lead for good after finishing the first half on a 17-6 run. The second half, they never looked back. Their shots were going down, and their defense got stops when it needed to in this highly offensive game. Arinze Onuaku had three blocks, while Rick Jackson added two. 

The Wildcats really never got a second half run going. It was as close as eight in the second half, but the Orange just overwhelmed them with their clutch shot making. 

Villanova must get a win in Cincy on Tuesday, or a team formerly ranked No. 2 in the country might be looking at a three or four seed come time for the NCAA tournament. 

Syracuse will close out its home slate Tuesday vs. St. John's. They will have their final test next Saturday in Louisville. The Cardinals are one of just two teams to beat Syracuse. The Orange should be prepared for their remaining games, as both teams can be dangerous.