SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - No. 4/5 Syracuse used a 25-4 run that spanned more than 10 minutes in the second half to pull away from Indiana and win the school's inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge game 69-52 on Tuesday.
In a rematch of last season's Sweet 16 matchup between the two schools, Syracuse (8-0) extended its win streak against the Hoosiers (6-2) to five in front of 26,414 fans in the Carrier Dome, the largest crowd to see an NCAA basketball game so far this season.
Redshirt sophomore Trevor Cooney scored a game-high 21 points, including 12 during the Orange's decisive run. He was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and added four steals. Freshman Tyler Ennis and senior C.J. Fair joined Cooney in double figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Ennis tacked on game highs of eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals while only committing one turnover.
SU's big run started on a layup by sophomore DaJuan Coleman 2:31 into the second half and was capped by a Cooney fast break dunk with 7:26 to go in the game – a span of 10:03 – to give SU its largest lead at 58-37. In addition to Cooney's 12 points during the spurt, Ennis added 10 of his own and had three of his four steals. The Orange lead never dipped below 17 points for the remainder of the game.
Syracuse came out of the gate by scoring the game's first 10 points behind two three's from Cooney. A pair of put-backs by Jerami Grant halted a 7-0 spurt by Indiana and pushed SU's lead to 14-7. The Orange went ahead 23-14 on another basket by Grant, but Indiana stormed back with 13 of the next 16 points to take its first and only lead of the night at 27-26 with 3:28 left in the half, getting consecutive trifectas from Yogi Ferrell. Syracuse answered with the next four points and a Cooney three-ball with 38 seconds left sent SU into the locker room ahead 33-29.
Indiana knotted the score at 33-33 just over two minutes into the second half, however that proved to be the last time the score would be tied. Syracuse opened the game up with 12 unanswered points to spark a 25-4 run to put the Orange in front for good at 58-37. The SU defense locked down during the stretch, holding the Hoosiers without a basket for 12:43.
For the third contest in a row, the Syracuse offense shot above 50-percent, finishing 24-47 (51.1-percent) while limiting the Hoosiers to 36.6-percent (15-41). SU forced 16 turnovers, including 11 in the second half, with 19 points coming off the miscues.
Rookie Noah Vonleh posted team highs of 17 points – going 13-of-16 from the free throw line - six boards and three blocks while Ferrell added 12 points.
Syracuse continues its home stand on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. with in-state rival Binghamton.