SU remains undefeated in the season with a 57-44 victory over Clemson Sunday.
The Syracuse Orange extended its best ever start to a season Sunday, defeating the Clemson Tigers 57-44. C.J. Fair bounced back after struggling in SU’s game against Notre Dame Monday, leading No. 1 Syracuse (23-0, 10-0) with 19 points over Clemson (15-7, 6-4).
In the Orange’s last game, Fair had just six points on 2-for-11 shooting. Tonight, though, he shot 8-for-13 to lead all scorers.
“It’s all about going to the next game,” Fair said. “You can’t dwell on a good or bad game.”
Trevor Cooney scored a career-high 33 points and tied a school record with nine three-pointers in the win.
Every time Notre Dame looked like it was going upset No. 1 Syracuse, the unlikeliest of heroes swooped in to save the day.
Rather, he swished in.
Trevor Cooney, who averaged 13.2 points-per-game going into Monday’s game, shot 9-of-15 from behind the arc to lift the Orange (22-0, 9-0 ACC) past a scrappy Fighting Irish quad, 61-55. Cooney scored a career-high 33 points and tied a Syracuse record with nine three-pointers in the game, also a career best.
Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas pumped up a crowded SU student section eight and a half hours before the Orange take on Duke at 6:30 p.m.
If the Syracuse-Duke game Saturday night is the main course, than ESPN College GameDay was the appetizer. Hundreds fans packed the stands behind the GameDay desk, cheering and screaming with signs and banners, creating one of the loudest and entertaining atmospheres on ESPN's weekly college basketball morning show.
"I don't know how many people there were," Jay Bilas said after the show, "but there were a lot."
The No. 2 Orange host No. 17 Duke Saturday in a match-up of perennial basketball powerhouses.
It’s the game most basketball fans have waited for since Syracuse first announced it was joining the ACC in 2013.
Friend versus friend. Boeheim versus Krzyzewski. Syracuse versus Duke.
Between the coaches, there have been over 1,800 wins, five NCAA Division I National Championships, and two gold medals in the last two summer Olympics.
But on Saturday, the two long-time friends will be on opposite sides of the court for the first time since Duke knocked Syracuse out of the Sweet Sixteen in 1998. The Blue Devils bested the Orange then, 80-67.
Freshman guard Tyler Ennis played well in the final two minutes of Saturday's match-up to keep SU's undefeated season alive.
SU’s freshman point guard Tyler Ennis remained cool, calm and collected in the final two minutes of No. 2 Syracuse’s 59-54 victory over No. 22 Pittsburgh. During that stretch, Ennis scored six of his 16 points, which helped secure the victory for the Orange (18-0) over the Panthers (16-2) Saturday afternoon.
In a highly anticipated ACC-Big East match-up, Trevor Cooney, Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair carried the Orange to its biggest victory of the season.
For the first 10 minutes of Saturday's game, No. 2 Syracuse (12-0) did not look like the second-best team in the country. Slow and sloppy, SU was out of sync on both ends of the court and the Orange even managed to accumulate seven team fouls in only seven minutes.
The No. 8 ranked Wildcats (11-1), on the other hand, came out swinging.
Villanova started out strong, playing a quick and clean game. The smaller but more agile Wildcat offense skirted Syracuse’s famously tall, zone defense, and four out of 'Nova's first five baskets were three-pointers.
Tyler Ennis dominated the first half to give the Orange a big lead, but C.J. Fair finished strong to push Syracuse past St. John's.
Playing at Madison Square Garden for the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange was able to pull out a 66-61 victory over former Big East foe, St. John’s. SU finished with a 10-3 scoring run to end the game, thanks to the hot hands of senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis.