The Orange didn't make a three-pointer and only converted one shot outside the paint in a 55-53 loss to the Flyers.
BUFFALO-Tyler Ennis drove four straight times in the final two minutes of Syracuse loss to Dayton Saturday night. And four straight times, the freshman scored, bringing the Orange to within one point of the Flyers’ lead.
With 13 seconds left in the game and a 54-53 score on the board, head coach Jim Boeheim said he wanted to get the Ennis the ball so he could drive the ball to the basket. Instead, the freshman opted for the free throw jump shot.
Trevor Cooney scored 18 points and the No. 3-seeded Orange blew past the No. 14 seed Broncos.
BUFFALO - Trevor Cooney’s first shot was a miss.
But he shook it off, and less than a minute after that attempt, and only three minutes into the game against Western Michigan, the sophomore sharpshooter whistled in his first three-pointer, igniting a pro-Orange crowd of over 19,000 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
“It was just good to see one go in,” Cooney said. “I was able to get into a good rhythm and guys found me in good spots.”
How do the No. 3 Orange stack up against the No. 14 Broncos?
Just two and a half hours west of Syracuse and the Carrier Dome, No. 3 Syracuse will take on No. 14 Western Michigan Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Despite the gap in seeding, the two teams come into the tournament going in the completely opposite directions.
No. 4 Syracuse failed to score more than 63 points for the ninth consecutive game in the 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim’s message after the game was short and simple: “We have to score,” he said. “That’s the problem.”
Coming off a brutal 67-62 home loss to Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12 ACC), No. 4 Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 ACC) has not scored more than 62 points since its dramatic 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Feb. 1. That win was over a month ago, and the Orange only averaged 58.4 points-per-game since then.
The Cavaliers scored 48 second-half points to beat the Orange, 75-56.
Syracuse came into Charlottesville, Va., determined to prove that it was the best team in the ACC. Unfortunately for the Orange, they did not spoil the Cavalier’s Senior Day, falling 75-56. The loss extended the No. 12 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 ACC) win streak to 13 games and gave the Cavaliers their first outright ACC regular season championship since 1981.
“From what I’ve seen, Virginia has been the best team in the league so far this year,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “They proved that today.”
The Orange fell to No. 5 Duke in a controversial ending.
Syracuse was on top of the college basketball world after a 25-0 start to the season and No. 1 ranking. Now the Orange (25-2, 12-2 ACC) are amid a two-game losing streak and facing a drop in the polls after a 66-60 loss at Duke (22-6, 11-4 ACC) Saturday.
A rematch of one of the best games of the year lacked the offensive firepower of the first contest at the Carrier Dome. The Orange shot just 38.7 percent, hitting 24-of-62 field goals. The Blue Devils hit 47.9 percent of their shots, but were relatively quiet from three-point range, hitting 7-of-21 shots from beyond the arc.
An inefficient C.J. Fair combined with a deadly three-point barrage by the Golden Eagles ended SU's undefeated season.
Luck isn’t everlasting, and Syracuse found that out the hard way Wednesday night when it lost in overtime Boston College, 62-59. The loss is the first for the Orange after they started the season winning the first 25 games in a row, one of them coming against the Golden Eagles last month.
“I’m really happy that we’ve won 25 games,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That’s a great thing, but we can’t be thinking about that.”
In 100 simulations, the Orange beat the Shockers by an average 1.6 points.
The nation thinks No. 1 Syracuse (25-0, 12-0 ACC) is the best team in country, but the Orange isn’t the only team left without a number in the loss column. The Wichita State Shockers, number three in AP poll, join SU as the only remaining unbeaten team. The Shockers (27-0, 14-0 MV), out of the Missouri Valley conference, have breezed through their conference, averaging about 75 points-per-game.