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Freshman guard Brittney Sykes hit a miraculous 50-foot buzzer-beater to defeat the Red Storm 60-57.
Even in a season marked by several blowout wins, the SU women's basketball team (16-2, 4-1) is finding ways to win in tight situations.
With 2.8 seconds left and the score tied at 57, St. John's guard Keylantra Langley inbounded the ball. SU's Brittney Sykes promptly stole the inbounds pass near halfcourt and banked in a miraculous game-winning three.
Sykes scored a team-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds. The freshman guard began the season as a contributing player, but has become a central figure in SU's offense. In the last six games, Sykes is averaging 13.8 ppg.
Senior Kayla Alexander scored 14 points, leaving her 2 away from Nicole Michael's school record of 1,787 points. The senior had a disappointing performance against UConn, but played a prominent role in SU's comeback on Wednesday.
Alexander stepped to the free throw line with 1:23 left in the game and the Orange down 57-53. She made both attempts. Alexander was fouled again with 46 seconds left and again converted both free throws, evening the score at 57.
Syracuse got 21 bench points, compared to only 5 by St. John's. Reserve Shakeya Leary scored 14 points and grabbed three offensive rebounds.
Syracuse has now won all four games this season decided by five points or less. The Orange completes its three-game road trip on Saturday at 6 p.m. SU takes on Villanova (15-2, 4-0), ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Poll.