The #7 Syracuse Orange (27-4, 14-4 ACC) beat the Florida State Seminoles (18-12, 9-9 ACC) 74-58 on Sunday in Tallahassee. SU will have the 2-seed in the ACC tournament, earning a double-bye. SU will play on Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC 3.
One of the biggest highlights for the Orange happened before the game even started, as sophomore forward Jerami Grant was back in the starting lineup after missing the Georgia Tech game due to a sore back.
With Grant in the lineup, the Orange started hot, getting a quick 10-4 lead after a Grant three-point play. Florida State senior Okaro White then had a dominating stretch, scoring 10 Seminole points in a row, making it a back and forth battle for much of the half.
After an Ian Miller jump shot made the score 21-20 SU, the Orange went on a 10-0 run, going into the half with a 33-27 lead. White led all scorers at the half with 14 points. For SU, Grant chipped in six points and grabbed four rebounds. The Orange as a whole outrebounded Florida State 23-11 in the first half.
C.J. Fair got the Orange off to a hot start in the second half, scoring six SU points in a row, increasing the SU lead.
Miller continued to produce for FSU, helping to weather the C.J. Fair storm, his three-pointer sparking a Seminole run that cut the lead to one at 47-46.
The slumping Trevor Cooney came alive in the second half, hitting two key three-pointers to give the Orange some cushion with 9:00 minutes to play. The Orange played well after that, coasting to a 74-58 victory.
Fair led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds. Grant finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, Ennis also had 16 points. Rakeem Christmas was also productive, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds. The Orange nearly doubled FSU in rebounding 43-24.
Okaro White led the Seminoles with 20 points.