Syracuse Finds A Way To Win Despite Poor Effort From Top Players

By Mike Smith
Tyler Ennis
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The Syracuse Orange pulled out another close victory on Saturday night. After Tyler Ennis‘ game-winning shot on Wednesday, Syracuse had hoped to come out with a lot of momentum, but it came out flat in its 56-55 win over the NC State Wolfpack.

It was another impressive win for Syracuse, as it continues to find any way imaginable to win games. In the closing seconds of this one, they were down one and NC State had the ball. Rakeem Christmas intercepted a pass, got the ball to Ennis, who made a pass to C.J. Fair for the game-winning layup. NC State would get a final shot off, but it would not go as Syracuse picked up another thrilling victory.

What makes this win so impressive is how poorly Fair and Ennis played, as both players combined to shoot 8-23. Both players are guys that this team looks to down the stretch of games.

Fair is a senior who has been through it all in his time with the Orange, and he missed early and often in this one, even adding an air ball down the stretch. Ennis is a freshman whose last-second bucket on Wednesday is the biggest shot of Syracuse’s season, and he almost lost this game on Syracuse’s second-to-last possession when he drove the lane, but extended his arm and was whistled for a very blatant offensive foul.

Unranked NC State just couldn’t hang with No. 1 Syracuse on the road. It didn’t have that extra gear that Syracuse has in the final minutes. When March comes around, Fair and Ennis need to perform better.

Mike Smith is a writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter.

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