Winston-Salem, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Ennis netted all but two of his
game-high 18 points in the second half, as second-ranked Syracuse remained
unbeaten and tied its best start in school history with a 67-57 triumph over
Wake Forest on Wednesday.
C.J. Fair followed with 16 points to go with eight rebounds, while Jerami
Grant tallied 10 points and 12 boards for the Orange (20-0, 7-0 ACC), who
matched the 2011-12 squad for the best start in program history.
Travis McKie and Devin Thomas each scored 12 points to pace the Demon Deacons
(14-7, 4-4), who had a 13-game home win streak halted.
Both teams struggled to find their respective shooting touches in the first
half, with Syracuse shooting just 25.8 percent (8-of-31) and Wake Forest
finishing just a touch better at 26.9 percent (7-of-26) over the opening 20
Despite their poor shooting performance, the Orange carried a 26-23 lead into
the second half and pushed the spread to six early in the frame after Fair
followed an Ennis trey with 1-of-2 from the line for a 36-30 lead.
Back-to-back buckets from Grant shortly after had the margin at eight before
Wake Forest ripped off five straight points to pull within 40-37 with 12:20 to
Ennis scored six during an 8-3 Syracuse swing to make it 48-40 with eight
minutes left, but Coron Williams countered with a triple to get the home team
McKie made two free throws with just over four minutes left to get the margin
back to five, but Trevor Cooney supplied the final six points of an 8-1 run
that gave the Orange a comfortable 62-50 lead with just over a minute left.
Fair scored in double digits for the 19th time in 20 games this season ...
Syracuse shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field overall, while Wake
Forest went 18-of-53 (34 percent) from the floor ... The teams combined to go
6-of-34 from 3-point range, with each team hitting three triples ... Syracuse
won the rebounding battle, 55-35.
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