The Syracuse Orange had to rely on a second half run to beat the Boston College Eagles 69-59.
Trevor Cooney led the Orange with 21 points on 8-13 shooting, including 2-5 from three, after a 4-17 outing against North Carolina on Saturday. Tyler Ennis added 12 points, five assists and six steals, while Jerami Grant had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Lonnie Jackson led the Eagles with 18 points on 6-9 shooting from three.
The second ranked Orange, 17-0 (4-0), almost suffered a huge setback in Chestnut Hill. The Orange took a slim 32-30 lead into halftime, but the Eagles came out firing in the second half, hitting five of their first six shots to open up a 45-37 lead. With around 11 minutes left, the Eagles had a 50-44 lead, but a C.J. Fair jumper sparked the Orange. The Orange then went on a 16-1 extended run to open up a 60-51 lead, and they never gave it up.
A close game wasn’t what the Orange expected against the Eagles, who fall to 5-12 (1-3). Fair struggled Monday night, scoring 12 points on 4-13 shooting with two turnovers. The Orange allowed the Eagles to shoot 50 percent (17-34) from the field, but they forced 16 turnovers, including 13 steals. The Orange shot 45.3 percent (24-53) from the field and also made 17 of their 21 free-throw attempts.
The Orange play again on Saturday against familiar foe, number 22 Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome. Tip is at 4 p.m. ET.