Syracuse used a 33-6 second half run to pull away from a pesky High Point team to remain undefeated with a 75-54 win. Trevor Cooney led the Orange with 17 points while C.J. Fair chipped in 15 points. Tyler Ennis added 10 points and 10 assists.
However, the win might have come with a price. Jerami Grant was forced to leave the game after an apparent leg injury. Grant was driving to the basket when his left leg gave out on him. He initially got to his feet but then collapsed at mid court.
The Orange (11-0) looked to be asleep in the first half and actually trailed 40-39 with 16:39 remaining in the second half before going on their run. Syracuse did lead 37-34 at halftime.
High Point (3-7) was 5 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half and were very patient against the Syracuse 2-3 zone. Cooney hit back-to-back three pointers in the first half that seemed to wake up the Orange. But it was Ennis’ play in the second half that sparked Syracuse to victory.
Syracuse will be off for the Christmas holiday but return to the Carrier Dome next Saturday when they will face unbeaten and No. 8 ranked Villanova. Of course, the Wildcats are an old Big East rival and the Dome should be hopping.