C.J. Fair scores 19 to lead No. 1 Syracuse past Clemson 57-44 as Orange improve to 23-0

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Syracuse's C.J. Fair, right, drives against Clemson's K. J. McDaniels during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Syracuse won 57-44. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

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Fair responded with a pair of free throws and a pretty runner crossing the lane to boost the lead back to nine with 8:27 left. After Damarcus Harrison's 3-pointer, Grant came back with a baseline drive off the glass at 4:45 to boost the lead to double digits. Cooney's 3 from the top of the key extended it to 15 with 2:03 left.

Clemson entered the game leading Division I in scoring defense, yielding an average of 55 points per game. The Tigers also ranked eighth in field goal percentage defense (.378) and 12th in blocked shot average (6.1). Syracuse shot 50 percent (13 of 26) in the first half and held the Tigers to 6-of-22 shooting (27.3 percent) while blocking three shots to two for the Tigers in gaining a 31-22 lead at the break.

Keita sprained his right leg with just more than 6 minutes left in the opening half and went to the locker room to be evaluated. He did not play in the second half.

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