Syracuse faced it’s biggest test of the season and came out on top 59-54 over Pittsburgh to remain unbeaten for the 2013-14 season. The Orange outscored the Panthers 10-2 over the last four minutes to run their record to 19-0. They also are the last unbeaten in ACC play and one of only three Division I schools without a loss.
Tyler Ennis made the go-ahead field goal with 1:48 remaining and Pitt never led again. The freshman guard had 14 second half points and 16 for the day. C.J. Fair scored 13 points, Jerami Grant 12 points and Rakeem Christmas added 10 points.
The Orange led by 10 in the second half but the Panthers slowly chipped away the Syracuse lead until they found themselves on top 52-49, but Pitt didn’t hit a field goal the rest of the game.
“I thought it was a tremendous defensive game,” said Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. “I thought offensively, we played as well as we could play. You don’t shoot 50 percent against Pittsburgh, not many teams do. I thought offensively we really played well. Unfortunately we stopped rebounding. They had 19 second-chance points.”
The Syracuse defense was excellent holding Pittsburgh to 38% shooting. However, the Panthers out-rebounded the Orange 35-24 and created second chances that kept them in the game.
Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 18 points while Talib Zanna chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“It feels pretty good, but it made me a little nervous going down the court. We have got to play a better forty minutes.” – Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis