SYRACUSE (WBNG BINGHAMTON) No. 2 Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 ACC) ended the game on a 15-3 run and pulled away from Miami (10-9, 2-5 ACC) late for a 64-52 win in an Atlantic Coast Conference road game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Bank United Center.
The Orange tied its second-best start in program history with 19 straight wins to begin the season. Syracuse will look to match the school record of 20 wins on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Wake Forest at 9 p.m.
With the score knotted at 49-49 with 5:25 remaining in the game, freshman Tyler Ennis hit a floater in the lane and senior C.J. Fair followed with a baseline jumper to put SU in the lead for good at 53-49. After a Hurricane free throw made it a one possession game, Cooney knocked down a triple with 2:25 to go and the Orange made all eight of its free throw attempts in the final minute to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore Jerami Grant finished with game high honors of 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Ennis had a solid all-around game with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists and Fair added 13 points and seven boards. Redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney also reached double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from long range.
The Orange converted its first four shots, including three from beyond the arc to open up a 13-7 lead five minutes into the game. Syracuse padded its margin by outscoring Miami 13-1 over the next seven minutes to cap a 22-4 run and take its largest lead of the game at 26-8 with 8:21 left in the half. During the stretch, Fair scored seven straight while the SU defense held the Hurricanes without a basket for 8:19.
Miami countered with 11 unanswered points to help close out the final 7:22 of the half on an 18-5 run and pull within 31-26 at the break. The Hurricanes went 4-of-5 from three point range to end the half.
After Miami got within 33-31 early in the second, the Orange tallied six consecutive points to push its lead back up to 39-31 seven minutes into the half. With the score at 44-37 in Syracuse's favor, the Hurricanes went on a 10-2 run to take their first lead of the second at 47-46 with 8:20 left behind a pair of three-point plays from Davon Reed. The last time the hosts were in front was at 2-0 following the opening basket.
Ennis answered with a layup and free throw a little more than two minutes later before James Kelly tied the game one last time at 49-49. The Orange's final run was very balanced as Cooney scored five while Ennis and Fair each had four.
The game ended similar to the teams' first meeting earlier this month. SU finished the game on a 14-4 run to comeback and defeat Miami 49-44 at the Carrier Dome on Jan. 4 for the fourth straight win over the Hurricanes.
After a hot-shooting first half (55-percent), the Orange cooled off, but still managed to shoot 44.7-percent (21-47). Miami's 39.1-percent (18-46) effort was aided by going 52.9-percent (9-17) from long distance. The Hurricanes were just 31-percent (9-29) from inside the arc.
Syracuse dominated the glass to the tune of 39-24, including 14-5 on the offensive end which paved the way for a 13-3 advantage on second chance points. The visitors also held a wide margin in points in the paint at 24-8.
Miami had two players in double-figures after failing to have anyone reach that plateau in the first meeting. Reed posted 16 points and Rion Brown wound up with 13 points and eight rebounds.
(Courtesy: Syracuse University)