CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - #2/2 Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 ACC) outscored Boston College (5-12, 1-3 ACC) 25-9 over the final 12 minutes while limiting the Eagles to just two baskets to rally for a 69-59 win on the road on Monday at Conte Forum.
Boston College opened the second half on a 15-4 run, including 11 unanswered points to go ahead 45-37 less than four minutes in. After Ennis brought Syracuse within 47-44 following five straight points, Lonnie Jackson drilled his sixth three of the game to push the Eagle lead back up to 50-44 just under minutes to go. However, that proved to be the host's last field goal until the final minute.
The Orange recorded the next 14 points to regain the lead for the final time and push the margin to 60-51 with just over six minutes remaining behind seven points from redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney and five from sophomore Jerami Grant. SU went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the last 65 seconds to secure the victory.
With the win, Syracuse is 17-0 for the third time in four seasons which is fourth best start is program history. The game marked a renewed rivalry between the schools that hadn't met on the hardwood since 2005 when Boston College departed the BIG EAST. SU, which now owns a 41-23 lead in the all-time series, won its first game against the Eagles since Jan. 10, 2004. It was also the first victory in Chestnut Hill since Jan. 29, 2000.
Cooney's 21 points led four Orange men in double figures. It was the fifth 20-point outing of the season for the guard, which is tied for the team-high, and the 12th time in 17 games at least four players have reached double-digits.
Grant was next in line with 16 points to go along with a game-best eight rebounds. Freshman Tyler Ennis contributed 12 points, a career-high six steals and five assists while senior C.J. Fair added 12 points, six boards and three steals.
After even play for the first three minutes, the Orange used a 12-3 run for some separation and a 16-8 lead with 12:18 remaining in the opening half. During the stretch, Cooney tallied eight points. Boston College responded with 11 of the next 13 points to go up 19-18 and ahead for the first time since the opening basket.
Following a brief tie, the teams traded the lead on three straight possessions, the last on a layup by Fair that sparked 10 unanswered points and gave Syracuse its largest lead of the half at 32-23 with 2:28 left. Syracuse forced the Eagles to turn the ball over on four trips in a row with Cooney recording two steals and three fast break dunks.
A basket from long range by Jackson ended a scoring drought that lasted nearly six minutes for the Eagles. Olivier Hanlon and Eddie Odio each tallied two points in the final two minutes as Boston College closed the half with seven straight points to cut the Orange halftime lead to 32-30.
Hot shooting kept the Eagles in the game all night. The hosts made 50.0-percent (17-34) of their attempts from the floor, including 42.9-percent (9-21) from long range.
Behind 13 steals, second most this season by SU, the Orange scored 19 points off of 16 Boston College turnovers for a 10-point margin. With a 14-7 edge on the offensive glass, Syracuse outscored the Eagles 17-8 in second chance point and also enjoyed a dominating performance in the paint with a 32-12 advantage.
Jackson finished with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Ryan Anderson had 14 points and five rebounds while Hanlon chipped in with 13 points and six assists.