No. 9 Syracuse beats Colgate 69-50

Updated at: 11/16/2013 5:05 PM
By JOHN KEKIS

(AP) SYRACUSE, N.Y. - C.J. Fair scored 20 points, freshman guard Tyler Ennis hit four 3-pointers for 12 points, and No. 9 Syracuse beat Colgate 69-50 on Saturday.

Michael Gbinije had 11 points in 18 minutes and Trevor Cooney scored 10 for the Orange, who outrebounded Colgate 52-34, including a 26-7 advantage on the offensive glass. Syracuse scored 30 points in the paint and forced 21 turnovers.

Syracuse (3-0) has won 48 straight against Colgate for a 121-45 advantage in the longest-running series for both teams. Colgate (0-2) was coming off an 89-78 road loss to Wake Forest last week in the Raiders’ season opener.

Colgate led for much of its first game and had six players score in double figures. It also led the Orange in the early going before Syracuse used its superior athleticism to take control.

Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with 13 points and Austin Tillotson, a transfer from Monmouth who had 14 points and nine assists against Wake Forest, finished with nine points and four assists.

Syracuse failed to put together two straight consistent halves in winning its first two games against Cornell and Fordham. The Orange dominated the second half against the Big Red after trailing by 14 in the first and pounced on the Rams in the first half Friday night to gain a 25-point halftime lead and won by 15.

They were more consistent this time but still shot just 36.8 percent _ a tick better than the Raiders.

Fair scored 11 of Syracuse’s first 13 points, but the Orange still trailed midway through the first half as the Raiders excelled from beyond the arc and reeled off nine straight points.

Hot-shooting Pat Moore, who sank 5 of 6 from beyond the arc against Wake Forest, made his first two long-range attempts against Syracuse and the 6-foot-11 Jacobs hit another for a 15-11 lead. The Orange missed six of their first seven free throws.

Fair hit five of his first nine shots while the rest of his teammates were 2 for 11.

A follow by Fair and a floater in the lane by Gbinije tied it at 15 and sent the Orange on a 15-0 spurt that was keyed by a pressing defense. Consecutive 3-pointers by Fair and Cooney also played an important role in the spurt.

A pair of 3s by Ennis in the final 3 minutes of the first half, his first 3-pointers of the young season, gave Syracuse a 36-23 lead.

Colgate was called for three shot-clock violations and also was hit with an over-and-back call in committing 12 turnovers to five for Syracuse in the opening half. Although the Raiders were pounded 10-3 on the offensive glass, they trailed just 36-26 at the break due in part to Syracuse’s 9-for-20 start from the free-throw line.

Fair scored twice inside and Ennis hit two more 3-pointers to start the second half, boosting the Orange lead to 46-31 with 16:19 left. Cooney then stole the ball and threw down a resounding two-hand slam dunk over Murphy Burnatowski after a court-long dash.

The Raiders rallied to 51-40 midway through the period behind a pair of 3-pointers by Tillotson and another from Damon Sherman-Newsome.

Syracuse responded with a 10-1 rush to seal the triumph. Cooney set up a fast-break dunk by Gbinije and freshman Tyler Roberson converted a drive off the glass for a 61-41 lead with 6:33 left.

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