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Big East Tournament 2011: Fab Melo Carries Syracuse To 79-73 Win Over St. John's

St. John's couldn't use the homecourt magic at the 2011 Big East Tournament to carry them this time. After advancing to the quarterfinals with the help of a series of questionable calls, the Red Storm's run ended with a 79-73 loss to No. 4 seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals. The game was tight late, but much-maligned Syracuse freshman Fab Melo made a couple nice plays to carry Syracuse to the win in the end.

Syracuse moves on to face Connecticut, who upset No. 1 seed Pittsburgh thanks to a buzzer beater by Kemba Walker (which you can see here!). St. John's drops to 21-11 and will await its NCAA Tournament seed.

Melo ended with 12 points, but he made his big plays count. His layup off a nice pass from Brandon Triche broke a 68-all tie with just under two minutes remaining and gave Syracuse the lead for good. He then put the game away with a second layup with 31 seconds left. 

Triche led Syracuse with 22 points, while Dwight Hardy had 22 to lead St. John's.