SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Marcus Hatten demonstrated plenty of thievery, but he could not help St. John's steal a victory at Syracuse.
Freshman Carmelo Anthony collected 21 points and 13 rebounds as the 17th-ranked Orangemen extended their home winning streak to 17 games with a 66-60 Big East Conference victory over St. John's.
Hatten came up with a career-high 10 steals to help the Red Storm (12-10, 5-7 Big East East) create a sloppy game with the favored Orangemen. Syracuse committed 13 turnovers in each half but took advantage of poor shooting by St. John's for a 33-27 halftime lead.
"This was our most physical game since 1985 or something like that," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "When it gets like that, it's going to get pretty ugly. We had to fight for our lives, there was a lot of reaching and banging and pushing. I don't think we reacted well to it."
A 3-pointer by freshman Gerry McNamara tied it at 54-54 with four minutes left and triggered a 7-0 burst that gave Syracuse (18-4, 9-3 West) the lead for good. Hakim Warrick drained a pair at the line and Anthony nailed a jumper for a four-point lead with 2:11 to play.
Anthony, who registered his 14th double-double, felt that the Orangemen's sluggish play was a result of the aftermath of Saturday's emotional victory over Notre Dame.
"Our bodies just weren't right tonight," Anthony said. "I think we were fatigued a little bit from our win Saturday but we just kept playing through it. There was a lot of fouling and pushing going on and the refs weren't calling anything."
The victory allowed the Orangemen to remain in first place in the West division. They are one-half game ahead of Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.
Hatten made 9-of-25 shots and scored 22 points to lead St. John's, which has lost four out of five. Freshman Elijah Ingram managed just eight points on 3-of-22 shooting, including 2-of-20 from beyond the arc.
The Red Storm, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big East, shot 22 percent (9-of-41) from beyond the arc.
"During the game, you don't count shots, you look for good shots," St. John's coach Mike Jarvis said.
Syracuse took a 42-32 lead on Anthony's jumper with just under 14 minutes left. The Orangemen went 5 1/2 minutes without a point as St. John's scored 13 straight for a 45-42 advantage on a 3-pointer by Hatten with 8:41 remaining.
Anthony answered with back-to-back baskets to stop the drought before Kueth Duany scored six of Syracuse's final eight points to cap the rally. The Orangemen also overcame second-half deficits here in victories over Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
"This team has answered the call whenever someone takes the lead in the second half," Boeheim said. "Every time they've answered the call. They've played like that all year. They're young, they don't realize they're in trouble."
Duany finished with 17 points and McNamara added 13 and five assists for Syracuse, which is 15-0 at home for the first time. The 26 turnovers was a season high.
St. John's shot just 29 percent (22-of-75), the seventh time it has shot 40 percent or below. That stomach-turning number was not the worst shooting performance of the Red Storm's season - they shot 28 percent in a loss to North Carolina on December 28.
"Our season is not over," Jarvis said. "We're going to play till our last game is over. We're going to keep battling and we will play with pride and determination."
The Red Storm played without forward Kyle Cuffe, who started the first 16 games. Cuffe got into an argument with Jarvis, was benched for Saturday's loss to Providence and suspended.