Instant Juice: Syracuse 67, Wake Forest 57

A quick take on Syracuse’s 67-57 win against Wake Forest Wednesday night in SU’s first-ever appearance at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., the victory matching the school record of the 2011-12 team with a 20-0 start:

WHAT HAPPENED: Up 26-23 after a poor first half of shooting (12% at one point) in which the Orange went almost 9:00 without a FG and made just a pair of three-point baskets, the ‘Cuse broke open a close game (42-39) just under the halfway point of the second half to pull away for the win, handing Wake its first home defeat, and having an opportunity to go for 21-0 start Saturday night versus Duke in the Dome.

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Syracuse moved to 20-0 for just the second time in school history

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ANALYSIS: On a night when the Syracuse outside shooting (36%) was uncharacteristically as cold as the unseasonably chilly weather outside “The Joel”, the Orange (20-0, 7-0) dominated on the glass at both ends (55-35 edge overall) for second chance opportunities on offense, and holding the Demon Deacons (14-7, 4-4) to one shot often on the defensive end.  Baye Moussa Keita had five of the eight Orange blocked shots.

HERO: Once again the second half story of the Orange offense was Tyler Ennis, and all he did was play the entire 40 minutes even on a sore ankle he seemed to twist with under 5:00 to play.  Ennis finished with 18 points, four assists, five rebounds and a steal.

ZERO: As in the point total scored by Trevor Cooney the first 38 minutes plus of the game, as he finished a 2-9 shooting night.  Cooney’s all around hustle, however, was again on display with six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse returns home Sat. night, Feb. 1,  to play its most anticipated game of the season in front of a likely new on-campus record crowd of well over 35,000 against No. 16/17 Duke (17-4, 6-2).  Game time: 6:30 p.m. ET / TV: ESPN.

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Brad Bierman

About Brad Bierman

Now in his fifth decade of covering SU sports, Brad was sports director of WSYR radio for eight years into the early 1990s, then wrote the Orange Watch column for The Big Orange/The Juice print publication for 18 years. A Syracuse University graduate, Brad currently runs his own media consulting business in the Philadelphia suburbs. Follow him on Twitter @BradBierman.
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