The Syracuse Orange went into Winston-Salem and beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 67-57, improving to 20-0 on the season.
20 wins to start off the season ties a team record that was set in the 2011-2012 season. Tyler Ennis led the way for the Orange with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jerami Grant added 10 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double on the season, while C.J. Fair put up 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Travis Mckie and Devin Thomas led the Demon Deacons with 12 points each.
The Orange got off to a slow start to the game, making just two of their first 18 shot attempts. A Fair three with sparked a 13-2 run that gave the Orange a 21-14 lead, and they were up 26-23 going into halftime. Grant, Ennis and Cooney were a combined 0-13 in the first half, but they turned things around in the second. Ennis hit six of his eight second half shots and Grant hit three of four to help the Orange keep their lead throughout the entire second half. Cooney found his groove at the end of the game, hitting a long two and then slamming home a breakaway dunk with less than two minutes left to cap off the Orange win.
The Orange shot just 36 percent from the field and made three of their 14 three-point attempts. Cooney had another rough night overall, hitting just two of his nine shots and going 0-5 from three. Luckily for the Orange, the Demon Deacons shot just 34 percent for the game and made only three of their 20 three-point attempts. The Orange dominated the glass, grabbing 55 rebounds compared to 35 for their opponent. The Orange also shot poorly from the free-throw line, going just 22-33.
Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas played well on both sides of the ball tonight. Christmas had six points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Keita also had six points with eight rebounds and five blocks.
The Orange are now 7-0 in their first season in the ACC. They host the 17th ranked Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome this Saturday in their most highly-anticipated game of the season. ESPN’s College Gameday will be in attendance, tip is at 6:30 p.m. ET.