Watch: Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas swats away a Louisiana Tech attempt
The senior, who leads the Orange in scoring, rebounding and blocks, was the catalyst of a key second-half sequence in the Carrier Dome.
With Syracuse up 39-33 and 16:28 remaining, Louisiana Tech's Erik McCree grabbed a rebound and tried to lead a fast break. But Christmas was waiting on the other end, and sent McCree's floater attempt sailing the other way down the court.
The Orange are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and entered Sunday 5-3 on the season, while Louisiana Tech entered at 7-2.