NEW YORK (AP) — Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds and No. 5 Syracuse closed the game on a 15-3 run in a 69-63 victory over Stanford on Friday night to win the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
The Orange (6-0) were never able to make a run against Stanford until the game’s final 4 minutes, when they made all five of their shots from the field and five of seven free throws. They were able to force the Cardinal (5-1) into turnovers all game, with three of their 24 coming in the closing stretch.
Joseph had 38 points and 19 rebounds in the two games and was selected the MVP.
Aaron Bright had 13 points for Stanford, which led 60-54 with 4:27 to go on two free throws by Chasson Randle.
Brandon Triche, who finished with 11 points, started the Orange’s big run with a drive.