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No. 2 Syracuse Handles Best in Big East

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SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 28: head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange argues the lack of a call following a first half collision at mid court on December 28, 2013 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

It looked ugly early as eighth ranked Villanova (11-0) of the Big East jumped out to an 18-point lead over #2 Syracuse (11-0) on Saturday afternoon; but, the home team would quickly turn things around with 11 minutes left in the first half.

Villanova led 25-7 when the Orange scored 20 unanswered points to take the lead and they never looked back.

Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis added 20 and C.J. Fair punched in 17 as the Orange went on to beat Villanova 78-62.

There was plenty of focus on Tyler Ennis as he faced his brother, Dylan of Villanova.

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SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 28: head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange argues the lack of a call following a first half collision at mid court on December 28, 2013 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

“They’re an amazingly close family,” Villanova coach Jay Wright told NBC Sports, who can’t remember ever coaching another game that pitted two brothers against each other like this.

Villanova came to within three points in the second half, led by James Bell who had 25-points on the day; but, Trevor Cooney (21-points), Tyler Dennis (20-points) and C.J. Fair (17-points) led the Orange to combine for a combined 58-points to lead the Orange to the non-conference victory.

Syracuse will play Eastern Michigan on New Year’s Eve before entering conference play in their new league, the ACC, against Miami on January 4th. Syracuse advances to 12-0.

 

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