Curbelo, St. John's wins Legends, top Syracuse 76-69 in OT

Andre Curbelo scored a career-high 23 points, Joel Soriano (19 points, 14 rebounds) and David Jones (18 and 13) had double-doubles and St. John’s dominated overtime for a 76-69 win over Syracuse to capture the Empire Classic

ByThe Associated Press
November 23, 2022, 12:15 AM
St. John's Joel Soriano, center right, raises the championship trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning an NCAA college basketball championship game against Syracuse at the Good Samaritan Empire Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in New
St. John's Joel Soriano, center right, raises the championship trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning an NCAA college basketball championship game against Syracuse at the Good Samaritan Empire Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Andre Curbelo scored a career-high 23 points, Joel Soriano and David Jones had double-doubles and St. John's dominated overtime for a 76-69 win over Syracuse on Tuesday night to capture the Vividseats Empire Classic at the Barclays Center.

Soriano had 19 points, a career-high, and 14 rebounds and Jones 18 and 13 and matched Curbelo's six assists for the Red Storm (6-0), who edged Temple 78-72 in their Classic opener.

Both teams had shot clock violations in the final minute of regulation before the Orange missed a contested shot at the buzzer to leave the game tied at 65. The offensive woes continued in the extra sessions before Jones made a layup midway through.

Jesse Edwards quickly got those back with a pair of free throws but St. John's reeled off six-straight points, which was too much for Syracuse to overcome. The Orange went 1 of 4 from the field, missed the front end of a one-and-one and had four turnovers in the extra session.

Four starters scored in double figures for Syracuse (3-2), led by Judah Mintz with 20. Edwards had 18, Chris Bell 12 and Benny Williams 11 with 10 rebounds. Joe Girard had a miserable night with four points on 1-of-10 shooting a night after scoring 31 in an overtime win over Richmond in the opening game of the classic.

Williams had five points and Mintz four in a 9-0 run that gave Syracuse a 19-8 lead midway through the first half. The Red Storm cut the deficit to three on a Curbelo 3-pointer with six seconds left but Mintz converted a three-point play with a second to go and the Orange led 35-29.

Syracuse got the lead back to 10 but St. John's went on a 16-2 for a 56-52 lead when Montez Mathis made two free throws at 8:17.

Syracuse was 3 of 16 from 3-point range and shot 39%. St. Johnson was at 40% and 7 of 23 from 3-point range.

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