The 2-game losing streak is over for SU, but not before more trips to the ER for fans of the Cardiac Cuse. In their first game since falling from the top spot in both polls, the Orange take a 12 point lead with 8 minutes left but are once again unable to finish off an inferior opponent until the last possible second. Maryland cuts the lead to 56-55 at the :48 second mark, and a Baye Keita block in transition is the only thing that prevents the Terps from taking the lead. Trevor Cooney’s missed free throw with four seconds left gives Maryland one last chance but a miss at the buzzer clinches the 57-55 win for SU.
C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis carry the Cuse offense, combining for 37 of the team’s 57 points, and Cooney adds 9 despite continuing his shooting slump with a 3-13 effort. In fact, Cooney knocks down his first 2 attempts from deep, and then misses his final 8. Ennis takes a career high 18 shots, connecting on half of them en route to 20 points, and also tallies 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Seth Allen (who knocks down 6 triples for the Terrapins) and Dez Wells combine for 37 points on the Maryland side, as the only Terps in double figures. Maryland owns a huge edge at the free throw line, going 19-27 as opposed to the Orange going a measly 3 for 6, but 18 turnovers hurt the overall offensive efficiency for the home team.
Syracuse is now 26-2 overall and 13-2 in the ACC. Virginia leads the conference with a 14-1 mark and the Cavs host Miami Wednesday before hosting the Orange Saturday. That 4 o’clock game with the ACC crown on the line can be seen on ESPN.