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No. 2 Syracuse pulls away from Boston College, 69-59

Created: 01/14/2014 3:32 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Jerami Grant added 16 and No. 2 Syracuse fought off pesky Boston College for a 69-59 victory Monday night.

C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each had 12 points for the Orange (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Grant added eight rebounds for Syracuse, one of four unbeaten teams in Division I.

Lonnie Jackson scored 18 points - all on 3-pointers - for the Eagles (5-12, 1-3), Ryan Anderson had 14 and Olivier Hanlan finished with 13 points and six assists.

The Orange, who also started 2011-12 by winning their first 17 games, outrebounded Boston College 28-24, collecting half on the offensive glass, which helped them pull away for the win.

BC went 9 for 21 from 3-point range.

Trailing 51-46 with just over 10 minutes to play, the Orange started take advantage of their size inside during a 16-1 run over the ensuing 3 1-2 minutes. Grant had a dunk and conventional three-point play. Cooney scored on a putback on the third offensive rebound and nailed a 3 from the right wing, capping the run.

Following Hanlan's two free throws, Baye Moussa Keita had a one-handed putback slam, making it 60-51 with 6:01 left.

The Eagles were never closer than six points the rest of the way.

Jackson's sixth 3-pointer of the game, coming off Joe Rahon's long arcing pass over a double-team from corner to corner, had given BC a 50-44 lead with 11:56 left. But, after that shot, the Eagles went 11:12 without a field goal, turning the ball over on a handful of trips, before Eddie Odio had a dunk in the closing minute.

The Eagles, who trailed 32-30 at halftime, opened the second half by outscoring the Orange 15-3 to take a 45-37 lead on Anderson's dunk with just under 16 minutes to play. BC ran plays through the lower part of Syracuse's zone that led to consecutive 3-pointers from the right corner by Jackson and Rahon before Anderson collected a feed inside for his dunk.

With a nearly half-filled building of Syracuse fans breaking into a chant of 'Let's Go Orange,' Cooney had three breakaway dunks off turnovers - two coming off his steals - as they took a 32-23 lead with 2 1-2 minutes left in the half. It looked like they were ready to break the game open.

The Eagles then scored the final seven points of the half, with Jackson's third 3-pointer triggering the run.

It was the first time the schools - both charter members of the Big East - met as members of the ACC.



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