Despite a slow start on the defensive end, Syracuse turned up the pressure in the second half outscoring High Point by an 18 point margin and winning their 11th straight victory 75-54.
"You have to play defense," said head coach Jim Boeheim. "They made some difficult threes but that happens sometimes."
High Point shot six for 12 from beyond the arc in the first half and 50-percent from the field. The Panthers hit just two of their eight three-point attempts in the second and their field goal shooting dropped to 35-percent.
C.J Fair, Trevor Cooney, Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant each scored in double digits. Cooney brought the modest Christmas break crowd to their feet sinking five of his six attempts from three-point range. It was his sixth game of the season scoring five or more 3-pointers.
Grant left the game in the second half with a sprained left ankle after turning his ankle on a High Point player's foot. Grant is expected to return for Syracuse's next match up with No. 8-ranked Villanova on the 28th.