No. 4 Syracuse rolls past Indiana as ACC has good start in Challenge

Associated PressDecember 3, 2013 

— Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis added 17 points and eight assists, and No.4 Syracuse beat Indiana 69-52 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.

Syracuse (8-0) has won 46 straight nonconference games at home, and there was no love lost in this rematch from last season’s East Regional semifinal won handily by the Orange.

Indiana was called for two flagrant fouls Tuesday, the second coming in the second half as the game was slipping away. Syracuse used a 25-4 surge to break open a tie game.

The youthful Hoosiers (6-2) had only lost, 59-58, to No.12 Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

Noah Vonleh had 17 points for Indiana and Yogi Ferrell added 12, but only three in the second half – on a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 59 seconds remaining.

After Vonleh tied it at 33-all early in the second half, Syracuse went on a 12-0 run to begin to take command and incite the crowd in the Carrier Dome to a deafening roar.

Dajuan Coleman started the run with a putback and Cooney followed with a steal and 3-pointer, then went 3 of 3 from line after being fouled on another 3-point attempt. C.J. Fair’s driving layup with 13:18 gave the Orange a 45-33 lead. Ennis had three steals during the spurt and the Orange forced the Hoosiers into a shot-clock violation as they could muster nothing offensively.

Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64: Georgia Tech closed the game with a 19-4 run to rally from a 12-point deficit and beat visiting Illinois, giving the Illini their first loss.

Illinois (7-1) led 60-48 before Georgia Tech (6-3) began its comeback. Marcus Georges-Hunt’s drive with 1:48 remaining tied the game at 60-all. Daniel Miller’s layup with 21 seconds remaining gave Georgia Tech a 65-64 lead.

Illinois forward Joseph Bertrand, who had 10 points, missed a jumper and Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter Jr. sank two free throws with three seconds remaining.

Carter led Georgia Tech with 21 points and nine rebounds. Georges-Hunt had 20 points.

Rayvonte Rice scored 24 points, including 13 in the second half, to lead Illinois.

Georgia Tech became the first team to score more than 63 points against the Illini this season.

Pittsburgh 78, Penn State 69: Talib Zanna scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and host Pittsburgh pulled away late.

James Robinson added 10 points for Pitt (8-0), including consecutive fast-break layups with less than 3 minutes to play to turn aside one final rally by the Nittany Lions (6-3).

Tim Frazier led Penn State with 27 points but the Nittany Lions fell to Pitt for the sixth straight time. DJ Newbill chipped in 18 but Penn State couldn’t keep up when Pitt turned up the pressure down the stretch.

The Nittany Lions took a 59-58 lead on a layup by Donovan Jack with 5:15 left but Pitt responded with an 11-3 burst to take control.

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