SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Vernon Carey Jr. had 26 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the 10th double-double of his freshman season and No. 9 Duke beat Syracuse 97-88. 

Cassius Stanley keyed an early second-half surge and the Blue Devils won their third straight after a two-game skid. 

It was a crucial game for Syracuse, which had a five-game winning streak snapped on the road at Clemson on Tuesday night and needed a signature win to bolster its resume for consideration for the NCAA Tournament. 

Stanley had 15 points, Tre Jones had 17, Matthew Hurt had 12 and Alex O'Connell 11 for Duke.