Joseph, Waiters help No. 1 Orange top Providence

January 14, 2012 - 9:12 PM
Providence Syracuse Basketball

Syracuse's C.J. Fair has his shot rejected by Providence's Bilal Dixson, right, and Brice Kofane during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Dion Waiters had 12 points, seven coming during a decisive first-half run, Scoop Jardine added 10 points and nine assists, and top-ranked Syracuse beat undermanned Providence 78-55 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten.

The victory for the Orange (19-0, 6-0 Big East) matches the school record for wins to start a season, set in 1999-2000. Syracuse will try to break the mark Monday night at home against Pittsburgh. The Panthers (11-7, 0-5) are the only winless team in the Big East after a 62-57 loss on Saturday at No. 25 Marquette — their sixth straight setback.

The win also was the 875th for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, moving him within one of Adolph Rupp for fourth place all-time in Division I.

Kris Joseph led Syracuse with 13 points, seldom-used Mookie Jones had 10, and C.J. Fair added nine.

Kadeem Batts led Providence (12-7, 1-5) with 13 points.