The Syracuse Orange traveled down to Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday to face the 12th ranked Virginia Cavaliers with a possible share of the ACC Regular Season Championship in the balance. However, Virginia would claim their first ACC Regular Season Championship with a 75-56 victory over the Orange.
After the Orange jumped out to an early 8-3 lead from jumpers made by CJ Fair and Tyler Ennis, the Cavaliers went on a 9 point run and continued to dominate the Orange throughout the first half, leading 22-15 with 6:41 to go in the half. Akil Mitchell would lead the Cavaliers with 8 points in the first half followed by Mike Tobey with 7 points. However, the Orange would rebound and take a 28-27 lead into the half thanks to three pointers from Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis.
The two teams would keep the score close through the first part of the second half. However, the Cavaliers would go on a 34-16 run to end the game. Malcom Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 19 points while Justin Anderson scored 11 points, and went 3 for 4 from behind the arc.
Tyler Ennis and CJ Fair would be held to 13 points each with Ennis fouling out with 1:35 left in the game. Jerami Grant played 13 minutes in the first half, but sat out the second half with a lingering back injury.
The Orange are now 26-3 with a 13-3 record in the ACC, which clinches them a two-seed in the ACC tournament. They face Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 7pm in their home finale.