Wed November 27, 2013
SU Basketball One Win From Maui Title
Maui, HI - Syracuse (6-0) remains undefeated all-time in the Maui Invitational (8-0) with a 92-81 win over California (5-1) on Tuesday afternoon at the Lahaina Civic Center. The #8 Orange moves on to the Championship game of the Tournament where it will take on 6-0 #18 Baylor. The Bears have knocked off host school Chaminade and came from behind to beat Dayton on Tuesday to advance to the finals.
Against California, freshman PG Tyler Ennis led the charge. The Canadian had a career-high 28 points in the SU victory. Ennis also added four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Ennis was also 9-12 from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line.
Trevor Cooney was right behind Ennis in the point total category. The redshirt sophomore dropped 23 points on the Golden Bears and went 5-8 from three-point range. As a team, the Orange shot 50% from behind the arc.
"They're virtually face guarding Trevor," Coach Boeheim said. "I mean, he doesn't get many shots. The ones he gets, he's knocking down."
On the team's 23-24 performance from he free throw line, Boeheim commented: "Oh, good. Let's not talk about it and maybe it will stay that way."
C.J. Fair added 14 points and Jerami Grant had a new career-high with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Baylor comes in undefeated and has so far ran through the competition here in Maui. The Bears are led by Cory Jefferson, who averages close to 13 points per game and 8.7 rebounds a contest.
The championship game tips at 5 PM in Hawaii at the Lahaina Civic Center, which is 10 PM EST. With a win, Syracuse could capture its 3rd Maui Invitational Title. You can follow the action on WAER starting with Countdown to Tip-off at 9:30 PM EST, with the game to follow on the Original Home of the Orange.