Maryland gave Syracuse quite the scare last night at Comcast Center. The Orange were just a missed Seth Allen three pointer away from losing their third straight game. As fate would have it, and has had it for much of the season, Cuse held on for the 57-55 win.
The biggest take-away was that Maryland played pretty flat for the majority of the game. They had 12 turnovers in the first half and finished with 18, despite that they were able to make a game out of it. Seth Allen led the game with his 22 points on 6-9 from behind the arc. But he also led the game with his five costly turnovers.
Syracuse had an incredible game from Tyler Ennis who hit a huge three at the end of the first half to give Syracuse an eight point lead over the Terps. Ennis finished with 20 points and six rebounds. CJ Fair also had an impressive game, though he struggled through the middle of the second half. He hit a huge three late in the game at the end of the shot clock that gave Cuse a 10 point lead with under five minutes left. Tyler Cooney struggle for Syracuse, shooting just 2-10 from three and finishing with nine points. He also hit a huge shot to beat a shot clock buzzer late in the 2nd half.
Comcast Center didn’t fill up until halfway through the first half due to a large amount of traffic on Baltimore Ave/Route 1, but even a full Comcast Center was relatively quiet throughout most of the game, a consequence of an under-.500 ACC season and the heartbreak loss to Duke. It was loud and energetic for the last three minutes of the game but it never reached Duke status in there.
Timely shooting for Syracuse and Maryland turnovers were the difference in this game. If Maryland had a legitimate point guard and had been able to limit turnovers, this season would have gone in a completely different direction. Now they are fighting for an NIT spot, while the win gave Syracuse a much needed positive note.