Just Like Old Times: 4 Takeaways from Syracuse’s 59-54 Win Over Pittsburgh

No. 2-ranked Syracuse wins a thriller over no. 22 Pittsburgh in the Dome.

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The 30,046 fans that filled the Carrier Dome this afternoon would probably agree it felt like the Big East had resurrected for two and a half hours. SU and Pitt reunited inside the Loud House, this time as members of the ACC, and the undefeated Orange remained unbeaten with a 59-54 win over the Panthers.

Tyler Ennis continues to impress and open eyes nationwide. The young freshman title can absolutely go away after Ennis’s performance this afternoon. Ennis led all Syracuse scorers with 16 points and had two huge layups in the final minute to seal the game . The calm and collected body of work he carries is truly admirable. C.J. Fair joked with the stud point guard after the game, telling Ennis he “isn’t a freshman.” Syracuse fans can only keep watching freshman stardom before their eyes.

Boeheim praises Ennis big-time. SU’s head coach has been high on Ennis since he was a young kid in high school. Prior to Michael Carter-Williams’ decision to declare for the NBA Draft, Boeheim said several times the Orange needed Ennis regardless of MCW. Tonight, Coach Boeheim reaped praise on Ennis:

“Tyler made some of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time. He won the game for us down the stretch. He’s a mature player. We try to run an open offense. He just has a knack for getting there.”

Quietly, Rakeem Christmas is coming into himself as a threat down low. Christmas has received tons of criticism once fans realized he wasn’t playing like the McDonald’s All-American that he had been coming out of high school.  He’s been mediocre over the course of two and a half years up On the Hill. But today, Christmas was very active offensively. He finished 4-of-4 from the field with 10 points. His shooting percentage, amazingly, is in the low 80s, percent-wise. That’s insane. Defensively, he’s also been a force sporadically on the floor. Tonight, Christmas added four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Yes, a win’s a win, but SU’s defensive and offensive rebounding has to get better. Boeheim lavished praise but couldn’t help mentioning the horror story on the glass. Thankfully for Syracuse, Pittsburgh missed a ton of free throws (13-of-23), which hurt the Panthers in the long run. But failing to rebound off of missed free throws is inexcusable. This has to get better, and hopefully DaJuan Coleman will help out when he returns.

Up next for the Orange is a road trip down to South Beach in a rematch with Miami. Remember, the Hurricanes gave SU a tough one in the Dome back on January 4, which was the team’s first ever game as a member of the ACC. 

Posted by: Brendan Glasheen 

6 Comments on this Post

  1. The big “takeaway” from this Pitt game is that Tyler can score when he wants to score. The thing in the long run is to encourage that want earlier in the game.Christmsas is finally giving something on offense. Coleman looks like a sad sack on the bench. Much like he does on the court Totally useless. and a five star recruit which makes it even worse. he walk-ons next to him contribute more to the team than Coleman.

  2. Let’s go back to the summer when syracuse took a trip to Canada and played 4 different teams that got his team ready for the 2013/2014 season. If any of you had watched those scrimmage games you wou;ld have noticed just how important Tyler Ennis would be to this team,for me he made MCW look like a 6th grader learning how to play the game.

    Look at his accomplishments,he’s led Syracuse to an 18-0 record,two games shy of tying the best start to a season in school history at 20-0.

    I said earlier if Syracuse were to beat UNC that they could run the table in their first year of the ACC,but after yesterdays game I think that I will back off of the statement.

    The game against Miami is going to be real tough,I think we split the two games with Duke,Pittsburgh at their place is going to be a slugfest,and traveling to the University of Virginia is going to be real tough. We have 13 more games left in the season. I think Syracuse finishes with a 28-3 or better regular season record.

  3. saltine44

    T. Ennis allows SU to win in half court offense. In years past, all big east coaches knew slowing down transition could beat the orange. Things are different now being able to play in both half court and transition can lead to Championships. Go Orange!

  4. Ain’t it nice now to be winning bb games at the foul line rather than losing them. Also, a first occurred in the ACC a week ago Saturday… all of Tobacco Road lost, Wake, NC St, Duke, and our whipping of UNC.

  5. Well I disagree. Rebounding been our strength all year. One game doesn’t really change that. Think bigger issues be outside shooting and shooting in general has cooled. Cooney needs to get back on track. He is the only real 3 point threat we have

  6. Ennis is the real deal!! Just watching him shows that he really understands the game mentally and physically!! Real talent there!!

    Do not forget the kids of PSABUSEDU!! THE NCAA DID!!

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