It wasn’t pretty, but the Syracuse Orange came back to beat the Miami Hurricanes 49-44 in their first ever ACC game.
C.J. Fair led the second ranked Orange (14-0) with 15 points and six rebounds, and Tyler Ennis added 10 points to go along with seven assists and three steals, with only two turnovers.
The Orange took a 25-21 into halftime, but the Hurricanes controlled the pace of the game, keeping a very slow tempo and making five of 10 first half three-point attempts. The Orange came out slumping in the second half, missing its first 11 shots of the second half before a Fair three just under nine minutes into the half. The Hurricanes started the half on a 19-10 run, but after a hook shot from Rakeem Christmas, the Orange finished the game on a 14-4 run to shut the door on the upset bid.
The Orange struggled from the field all day long against the 1-2-2 zone played by Miami. They shot 17-47 from the field, their second lowest percentage on the season, including 2-18 to start the second half. During the 14-4 run, the Orange shot 5-7 to close out the game, including six points from Ennis in that final six minutes.
The Orange were able to force 14 turnovers and hold the Hurricanes to 42.5% from the field, and in the second half forcing their opponent to just 2-9 shooting from the behind the line in the second half.
Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney had a rough night, scoring 11 points on 2-12 shooting from three. His struggles affected the Orange’s half court offense, but he did make some key free throws, going 5-6 from the charity stripe on the game.
The Orange play their next game on Tuesday in Blacksburg, Virginia against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Tip is at 9 p.m.