The Syracuse Orange wanted to run, but it refused to hurry.

Not against Clemson.

The Clemson Tigers' methodical offense can drive some teams to the point of distraction. The Tigers want their opponents to try to speed up the game with hurried shots on the offensive end.

Syracuse refused to give into temptation.

"You know shots are going to be limited,'' Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said. "When you know that, you've got to take your time a little more.''

The No. 1-ranked Orange maintained its poise on offense and its focus on defense for a 57-44 victory over Clemson in front of 25,931 fans at the Carrier Dome on Sunday.

Clemson leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 55 points per game. The Tigers also rank first in the ACC in field-goal percentage defense. But the Tigers use a slow-it-down offense to milk the clock and then watch teams lose their patience on offense.

"You have to be patient,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "You have to make sure you get a good shot. They're going to take 30 seconds. You don't want to come down and run into something. If we can get something on the break or a transition shot; a good one, we'll take that. But we're not going to try to do anything too fast.''

Syracuse turned the ball over just five times, a season-low for the Orange. Clemson led the ACC in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.8 percent shooting.

But the Orange made 44.4 percent (24 out of 51) of its shots.

"It's very disciplined,'' Clemson coach Brad Brownell said of the SU offense. "Some teams would have players that would want to go crazy in transition.''

The win improved Syracuse's record to 23-0 overall. The victory increased Syracuse's record for most wins to open a season. It also tied the all-time school record for consecutive wins. Syracuse won 23 straight games between the 1916-17 and 1917-18 seasons.

Syracuse leads the ACC with a 10-0 record. It's the first time that Syracuse has ever been 10-0 in conference play, including its 34 years in the Big East.

C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 19 points, while Jerami Grant added 12 points and eight rebounds.

The lone downside for Syracuse on Sunday was an injury to reserve center Baye Moussa Keita. The 6-10 senior sprained his right knee with about seven minutes left in the first half. He sat out the remainder of the game.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he hoped that Keita's injury wasn't severe. The loss of Keita left Syracuse with Rakeem Christmas at center. Dajuan Coleman, a 6-9 sophomore who started the first 12 games of the season, is out for the year after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

K.J. McDaniels scored 19 for Clemson, which fell to 15-7 overall and 6-4 in the conference.

Syracuse became just the second team this year to beat Clemson while scoring 60 points or less. Clemson had been 15-1 in those games with the only loss being a 56-41 setback against to Florida State on Jan. 9.

"You have to value your opportunities and your possessions,'' said Fair, who went 8-for-13 from the field. "If you have a good opportunity, you take it but you can't really force anything. It keeps you disciplined.''

Fair said a rushed shot resulting in a miss would just give the ball back to Clemson and put the Orange on defense for another 35 seconds.

"It's hard to pass it back out when we haven't had the ball in a minute,'' Fair said, "and we don't want to go back on defense for another minute.''