SAN JOSE — Syracuse overcame poor shooting and a partisan crowd to earn a return trip to the round of 16.
C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and the fourth-seeded Orange survived a second-half drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal to beat No. 12 seed California, 66-60, on Saturday night in the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse (28-9) frustrated the Golden Bears with its zone defense to overcome a dismal shooting night when it made just 39 percent of its shots and missed 15 of 41 free throws.
It was enough to send the Orange to Washington, D.C., for the East Regional where they will play Thursday against the winner of Sunday’s game between top-seeded Indiana and Temple.
Richard Solomon scored 22 points for the Golden Bears (21-12), who were trying to make it to the round of 16 for the first time in 16 years and just the third time since 1960.