Syracuse went on a 27-9 second half run and held Indiana without a field goal for 12:42 in a 69-52 win at the Carrier Dome in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Trevor Cooney hit five three-point baskets and led the Orange with 21 points. Tyler Ennis added 18 points and 8 assists while C.J. Fair chipped in 15 points despite second half foul trouble. Noah Vonleh was the leading scorer for the Hoosiers with 17 points.
- Syracuse played their best defensive game in the Carrier Dome this season holding Indiana to 37% shooting from the field and forcing 16 Hoosier turnovers.
- The Orange had five players end up with four personal fouls including Fair, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Baye Moussa Keita and Michale Gbinije,
- Syracuse has won 46 straight non-conference home games in the Carrier Dome.
- After shooting the lights out from the charity stripe in Maui, the Orange shot 60% against Indiana from the free throw line.
- The Orange raced out to a 10- 0 lead but outscored the rest of the first half 29-23.
Considering the possibility of some travel fatigue, Syracuse was pretty sharp. Tyler Ennis continues to get better and although he is not as good defensively as Michael Carter-Williams, he is quick and has great hands. Jerami Grant is outstanding physically, but his mental lapses continue to plague him and he also seems to fall asleep on defense sometimes. That will land him on the bench next to Coach Boeheim very quickly. The Orange still have some problems in the low post offensively. Coleman and Keita have trouble even making shots close to the rim and Rakeem Christmas had some mid-range jumpers he passed up.
Overall, a very impressive outing over a decent Indiana team. The Orange will play Binghamton on Saturday before reuniting with former Big East foes St. John’s and Villanova before Christmas. Throw a little High Point in there as well.
What did you think of the Orange performance tonight? Are they earning their No. 5 ranking?