No. 8 Syracuse tops California 92-81 in
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[November 27, 2013]
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Syracuse is
used to winning at the Maui Invitational. One more victory for the
Orange and it will be three titles in three trips.
Tyler Ennis scored 28 points and led two key second-half runs that
carried No. 8 Syracuse past California 92-81 on Tuesday night in the
The Orange will play for the championship Wednesday against No. 18
Baylor, which edged Dayton 67-66. Syracuse won the Maui Invitational
in 1990 and 1998.
"These two games out here have been great games, great for our
team," coach Jim Boeheim said.
Syracuse scored 51 points in the second half, shooting 55 percent
and making five of seven 3-point attempts. Ennis had 17 points and
Trevor Cooney scored 20 of his 23 after the break.
"Our guards were unbelievable today and I didn't even know that
until I looked at the stat sheet," Boeheim said. "I knew they were
pretty good, but they were better."
Jerami Grant finished with 19 points while C.J. Fair had 14 points
and seven rebounds.
Cooney said it's different to shoot in a small gym.
"We play in a dome, it's open, different backdrop and this is
totally different for us," Cooney said. "The gym is warm, the legs
get going and you can get into a rhythm here and that's what we have
Ennis hit a layup during a nine-point run started by Grant's putback
dunk. The spurt lasted more than 2 minutes and gave Syracuse (6-0)
its first double-digit lead with less than 8 minutes left.
"We probably lost our focus momentarily, and
just kind of turned and got careless with the ball," California
coach Mike Montgomery said.
Justin Cobbs scored 18 points for the Golden Bears (5-1), who
will play the Dayton-Baylor loser in the third-place game.
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The game was close until midway through the second half, with 10
ties and 12 lead changes.
Cal tied it at 41 going into halftime when Tyrone Wallace hit
two free throws after being fouled on a rebound by Ennis.
David Kravish then hit a layup to start the second half, but
Ennis responded with his own layup 30 seconds later.
Cobbs gave Cal a four-point run to tie the game at 54. He made a
nifty pass in traffic to set up Jordan Mathews for a dunk, then
stole the ball from Cooney on the next possession and scampered
for a dunk.
Grant responded with a jumper and Syracuse led the rest of the
Jabari Bird scored 17 points for Cal and Kravish had 15. The
Bears played without Richard Solomon because of an abrasion on
his right eye. Solomon started Cal's previous five games.
"With Solomon being out it was just a different team," Boeheim
said. "I thought watching Cal yesterday that their team this
year is much better than last year's team that we played (in the
Syracuse beat Cal last season to reach the Sweet Sixteen on the
way to the Final Four.
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