SYRACUSE (WBNG BINGHAMTON) No. 2/t2 Syracuse used a 28-3 run that lasted nearly 13 minutes in the middle of the second half to pull away from High Point and win 72-52 on Friday, Dec. 20.
SU extended its non-conference, Dome winning streak to 49 games.
Trailing 40-39, Syracuse (11-0) scored 11 unanswered points to take the lead for good and, after a three by the Panthers, ended the run with 17 in a row to go up 67-43 with 5:49 left in the contest. In all, the spurt spanned 12:45 with senior C.J. Fair, redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney and freshman Tyler Ennis each scoring six points.
Cooney led the Orange with 17 points and was one of four players to finish in double-figures. He was 5-of-6 from long range and 6-of-7 overall, marking the sixth time this season the sharpshooter has hit five threes in a game. Fair added 15 points and a team-best five rebounds.
Ennis and sophomore Jerami Grant both contributed 10 points. Ennis just missed out on a double-double with nine assists to go along with a career-best five steals and turned the ball over just twice.
For the second straight outing, the Orange shot above 50-percent, finishing at 53.7 (29-54). Syracuse was equally impressive from beyond the arc, going 7-of-13 (53.8%). High Point (3-7) stuck with hosts in the first half thanks to a shooting percentage of 50.0-percent from both the field (14-28) and three-point range (6-of-12). However, SU limited the Panthers to 35.0-percent (7-20) overall and 25.0-percent (2-8) in the second half while pulling away.
Syracuse held a large advantage in points off turnovers at 27-4, thanks in part to 12 steals – tied for second most this season. Points in the paint also favored the Orange at 38-18.
SU scored the first four points of the game to help build a 10-2 lead early on and a pair of Cooney three's extended the Orange advantage to 16-6. High Point responded with an 8-1 run to close the gap to 20-17 with 8:19 to go in the half.
With SU clinging to a three-point edge, Devante Wallace drilled a shot from long range to tie the score for the first time at 24-24 with 5:37 remaining. The Panthers knotted the game again at 31-31 following a trifecta from Adam Weary and took their first lead of the night on the next possession on a three by Anthony Lindauer.
Ennis answered right back with a jumper from the elbow and sophomore Jerami Grant converted two from the line with 4.6 seconds remaining to send Syracuse into the locker room on top, 37-34.
After senior C.J. Fair opened the second half with a basket, High Point scored six straight to regain the lead at 40-39. It wouldn't last long as the Orange put the game away with a 28-3 run over the next 12:45 to go ahead for good at 67-43. Syracuse ultimately took its largest margin at 72-46 following baskets by freshmen Ron Patterson and B.J. Johnson.
High Point had a balanced scoring attack with six players scoring at least six points. Devante Wallace was the only Panther in double-figures with 10 points. Preseason Big South Player of the Year Josh Brown was held to just six points and six rebounds.
The Orange resumes its non-conference schedule on Saturday, Dec. 28 when Syracuse plays host to former BIG EAST foe No. t8/12 Villanova at 2 p.m.
(Courtesy: SU Athletics)