Ennis' Buzzer Beater Keeps Syracuse Perfect
Tyler Ennis saved the day once again. With the Orange down one with 4.4 seconds remaining, he did the unthinkable. The freshman PG took an inbound pass from Jerami Grant, and dribbled a few steps over half court and let one fly. "When it left my hands it felt good" Ennis told syracuse.com, and indeed it was. Ennis sank the half-court shot at the buzzer to give Syracuse a 58-56 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh. "I wanted to get it up early" Ennis said, explaining that he didn't want to make the shot and not have it count. It counted, and Tyler has added to the magic he's provided thus far for the Orange.
Syracuse played one of their worst games of the season tonight. Nobody really got going offensively, however, the defense was very good all night. "Our defense was excellent, our offense just wasn't very good," Coach Boeheim said after the win. "Rebounding hurt us," he continued, "and we only had 17 shots at halftime, and they had 28." The Syracuse coach also chimed in on how he thought junior C Rakeem Christmas played: "Rak was tremendous tonight. He wasn't reckless, and played really well. Hopefully Baye will be back soon, but we don't know yet."
The No. 1 ranked Orange improved to 24-0, 11-0 in ACC play. Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome on Saturday to host North Carolina State. Tip off is at 3:00pm ET on the ACC network.
On the final play, Boeheim wanted Grant to throw it deep, saying: "I wanted to throw it because I thought that was our best chance, but Tyler saved his (Jerami's) ass. He made the wrong play, but it turned out right." The hall-of-famer continued, "I didn't hear Duke say they were lucky when they made their shot. You have to make the play. That's not luck, you have to take and make the shot. He took a good shot, and it went in."
"I honestly thought it was going in," Coach Boeheim said, "It could've rimmed out very easily, but I thought when he shot it, it had a chance to go in."
For a full recap of tonight's win, check out Brent Axe's Rapid Recap: