Orange hold off feisty Hurricanes to remain undefeated

Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair, Trevor Cooney and Jerami Grant played well down the stretch to help SU advance to 19-0.

For the second time in four weeks, Syracuse played a difficult, grind-it-out game against a tough Miami team. For the second time in four weeks, Syracuse used a late run to put Miami away.

The No. 2 Orange (19-0, 6-0) remained undefeated thanks to a 15-3 run to close out a 64-52 win over Miami (10-9, 2-5).

In the first match up between these two teams, the Hurricanes kept the game close by competing on the glass and holding the Orange to a low shooting percentage from the field. This time, though, Syracuse was the team holding its opponent in check, limiting Miami to 39.1 percent shooting and outrebounding the Hurricanes 39-24.

Syracuse came out strong in the early going and led 26-8 with less than eight minutes left in the first half. However, Miami used an 18-5 run to close out the half and only trailed 31-25 at the break.

The Hurricanes slowly crept back into the game during the second half, eventually tying it up at 49 with 5:24 to play. However, Syracuse withstood Miami’s second big run of the game with another run of its own. Clutch shots from Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair, and Trevor Cooney kept the Hurricanes at an arm’s length, and the Orange sealed the deal at the free throw line down the stretch.

Jerami Grant led the Orange in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and eight boards. Davon Reed had 16 points for the Hurricanes off the bench.

Syracuse hits the road again Wednesday when it plays at Wake Forest.

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