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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Phil Greene IV scored 11 straight points, breaking open a tight game with a trio of 3-pointers and a fast-break layup in the final minutes, and St. John's beat Syracuse 69-57 in a game between two former Big East rivals on Saturday night.
Greene, 4 of 8 from long range, tied what had been a nip-and tuck affair at 55-55 with a 3 from the left wing with 4:04 left, hit again from the right corner to break the tie and followed with the layup off a turnover to send the Orange reeling.
St. John's (6-1), which had lost nine straight in the series, snapped Syracuse's 55-game home nonconference winning streak.
The Orange (5-3) were coming off a 66-63 loss at No. 17 Michigan, a game they had a chance to win until freshmen Kaleb Joseph and Chris McCullough committed turnovers on consecutive possessions in the closing seconds.
D'Angelo Harrison led St. John's with 24 points.