No. 4 Syracuse beats Indiana 69-52
By JOHN KEKIS
the associated press | December 04,2013
Syracuse’s Jeremi Grant, right, shoots against Indiana’s Noah Vonleh during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis added 17 points and eight assists, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Indiana 69-52 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.
Syracuse (8-0) has won 46 straight nonconference games at home, and there was no love lost in this rematch from last season’s East Regional semifinal won handily by the Orange.
Indiana was called for two flagrant fouls Tuesday, the second coming in the second half as the game was slipping away. Syracuse used a 25-4 surge to break open a tie game.
The youthful Hoosiers (6-2) had only lost, 59-58, to No. 12 Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
After Indiana’s Noah Vonleh tied it at 33-all early in the second half, Syracuse went on a 12-0 run to begin to take command and incite the crowd in the Carrier Dome to a deafening roar.
Dajuan Coleman started the run with a putback and Cooney followed with a steal and 3-pointer, then went 3 of 3 from line after being fouled on another 3-point attempt. C.J. Fair’s driving layup with 13:18 gave the Orange a 45-33 lead. Ennis had three steals during the spurt and the Orange forced the Hoosiers into a shot-clock violation as they could muster nothing offensively.
Syracuse registered seven blocked shots, 10 steals and matched the nation’s top team on the glass with 29 rebounds and just a 12-11 deficit on the offensive glass.
Indiana shot 15 of 41 (36.6 percent) and was 6 of 13 in the second half in getting outscored 36-23.
Fair finished with 15 points but had to sit 5 minutes in the second half after picking up his fourth foul.
Vonleh had 17 points for the Hoosiers and Yogi Ferrell added 12, only three in the second half — a 3-pointer with 1:59 remaining.
The first-ever meeting between Indiana and Syracuse was for the 1987 national championship, and Indiana won 74-73 on a baseline jumper by Keith Smart with 4 seconds left. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he never got over that loss until he won the 2003 national championship with Carmelo Anthony, and he’s been perfect against Indiana since, winning five straight.
The last time the teams met was in March in the NCAA tournament, and like most of the nonconference teams on the Syracuse schedule the Hoosiers weren’t used to seeing Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone, and it showed right from the outset. The team that finished third in the country last season in scoring at 79.5 points per game while shooting 48.6 percent had no answer for the zone and lost 61-50 as Syracuse limited the top-seeded Hoosiers to their lowest output of the season while forcing 19 turnovers and blocking 10 shots.
The lineups have changed for both teams, but that zone is still OK.
Indiana led the nation averaging 50.3 rebounds a game and in rebound margin at plus-18.
Indiana was fifth in field goal percentage defense (35.1) and the Orange shot 51.1 percent (24 of 47).
Indiana, which trailed 10-0 to start the game, went on a 15-5 run over a span of about 3 minutes late in the opening half to take its first lead, going 5 for 5 from the free throw line. A three-point play by Will Sheehey and two 3s from the top of the key by Ferrell, the second as the shot clock was about to expire, gave Indiana a 27-26 lead with 3:28 left.
Cooney’s third 3 of the half gave Syracuse a 33-29 halftime lead.
No. 21 UMass beats
Eastern Michigan 69-57
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Raphiel Putney scored 15 points, including two high-flying dunks in the final minutes, and No. 21 Massachusetts won its first game as a ranked team since November 1998, a 69-57 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.
Trey Davis scored 13 points while Cady Lalanne and Chaz Williams added 12 apiece. Lalanne grabbed 12 rebounds for the Minutemen (7-0).
Putney and Williams connected on an alley-oop pass that resulted in a three-point play with 6:14 left that gave UMass a 54-48 lead, its biggest of the game to that point. They connected again with 2:46 remaining when Putney’s one-handed slam gave the Minutemen a 62-55 lead.
UMass, which came in averaging 83.7 points per game, was slowed in stretches by the 2-3 zone defense employed by third-year Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy, a disciple of Jim Boeheim’s who spent seven years as an assistant at Syracuse.
The Minutemen were just 2 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half, which ended with Eastern Michigan leading 35-31. They made 3 of 6 in the second half.
Karrington Ward and Daylen Harrison had 11 points each for Eastern Michigan (5-2), which was hosting its first ranked opponent since Wisconsin visited in 1994.
UMass debuted in the poll at No. 24 after winning the Charleston Classic and moved up three spots this week despite having last week off.