SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- No. 15 Syracuse tries to maintain a share of first place in the West Division of the Big East Conference when it hosts West Virginia on Wednesday.
Syracuse (19-4, 9-3 Big East West) is tied with Pittsburgh for the top spot, one-half game ahead of Notre Dame. The Panthers visit Virginia Tech on Wednesday, while the Fighting Irish are idle.
The Orangemen, who have played just seven road games, are 15-0 at home this season. They have excelled at winning close games in the last three games, prevailing by an average of three points.
Freshman Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and nailed all five 3-pointers as Syracuse stepped out of conference and posted a 76-75 victory at Michigan State on Sunday. Hakim Warrick added 17 points as the Orangemen survived three missed attempts in the final seconds by the Spartans.
Syracuse won for the sixth time in seven games against West Virginia by claiming a 94-80 victory on February 8. Anthony collected 29 points and 12 rebounds and Warrick and freshman Billy Edelin each added 18 points.
Drew Schifino scored 25 points and freshman Kevin Pittsnogle added 24 for West Virginia, which built a 15-point lead in the first half. The Mountaineers shot just 37 percent in the second half.
West Virginia (13-11, 4-8) lost for the fourth time in five games with a 68-64 defeat to Seton Hall on Saturday. Schifino scored 19 points and Pittsnogle added 11.
The Mountaineers are only 2-7 on the road and are 3-15 at Syracuse. They are trying to avoid finishing last in the West Division, which means they would not qualify for the Big East tournament. West Virginia is 1 1/2 games ahead of last-place Rutgers.