In their first ACC road game, the Syracuse Orange were able to pull away from the Virginia Tech Hokies for a 72-52 win in Blacksburg.
C.J. Fair led the second ranked Orange, 15-0 (2-0), with 17 points on 8-17 shooting and six rebounds. Fair was one of four players in double figures for the Orange. Tyler Ennis added 13 points and seven assists, Trevor Cooney had 11 points and Jerami Grant posted his second double-double on the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. C.J. Barksdale led the Hokies with 12 points off the bench on 5-6 shooting.
The Orange were able to take a 35-29 lead into halftime. With 14:52 left in the second half, the Orange lead was down to four at 44-40, but Tyler Ennis hit a three on the next possession, which commenced a 16-0 run that opened up the Orange lead to 20.
The Orange shot 50 percent, 14-28, in the second half to close out the Hokies. The Hokies struggled in the second half, going 8-25, and finishing 18-49 from the field, 36.7 percent. The Orange had six steals but only forced eight turnovers. They did, however, dominate the boards, grabbing 41 rebounds to the Hokies 25. Of the 41 rebounds, 17 were offensive.
Michael Gbinije had one of his best performances of the season off the bench for the Orange. He scored eight points on 3-5 shooting, including 2-3 from beyond the arc in just 10 minutes.
The Orange will play their next game at home this Saturday against North Carolina. Tip is at noon.