Syracuse, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis scored 16 points to fuel the Syracuse Orange offense in a 59-54 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday at Carrier Dome.
An Ennis 3-point jumper gave No. 2 Syracuse a 37-27 lead with 14:31 to go in the game.
But Lamant Patterson connected on three 3-pointers in a span of 1:05 answered by Syracuse with only by a jumper from Rakeem Christmas to allow No. 22 Pittsburgh to cut the lead to 39-36.
Patterson was also responsible for giving the lead back to Pittsburgh 49-48 with another 3-pointer with 6:02 remaining, and his two free throws beefed up the lead to 52-49.
Syracuse closed in to 52-51 after two free throws by Jerami Grant.
Ennis, encouraged by coach Jim Boeheim to take more shots, won the game by hitting a scoop with 1:47 left and a lefty layup with 30.6 seconds to go.
Patterson led Pittsburgh with 18 points.
The matchup was for first place in the ACC between the two former Big East rivals.