Best of both nations? Syracuse tops Canadian National Champion Carleton in overtime
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 02:50:09 GMT —
Jim Boeheim intended this exhibition trip to Canada as a way to build team chemistry before the Orange's first season in the ACC.
That goal was absolutely achieved on Friday night.
Trailing by 15 points at 47-42, Syracuse forged a 14-0 run and eventually forced overtime in a 69-65 exhibition win over Carleton in Ottawa, Canada.
Carleton is the definition of a dynasty for Canadian college basketball, winning three national titles in a row and winning nine of the last eleven crowns.
Oh, and they won the 2013 National Championship by a score of 92-42.
Alas, the Orange's newfound team chemistry kicked in with a double digit deficit that really plagued the Orange for the first 25 minutes or so of this game.
Freshman Tyler Ennis played as advertised with 15 points, 5 steals and 4 assists.
CJ Fair left the game after his bruised leg was dinged up, his injury does not appear to be serious.
Jerami Grant scored 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half. None were bigger than when he drove down the lane on the first posession of the extra session and scored a basket to go along with a foul.
Syracuse takes on Ottawa on Saturday night to finish up its Canadian trip.