Providence led by as many as nine points late in the first half and Syracuse did not take the lead for good until midway through the second period.
Fair made 7-of-13 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. Syracuse shot just 41 percent as a team and connected on a mere 3-of-21 from 3-point range.
Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East Conference.). Syracuse has won five in a row.
Bryce Cotton led Providence with 22 points, 17 of which came in the opening half. The Friars dropped their fifth in a row, falling to 8-7 and 0-3 in league play.