Ennis Leads Orange Past Cal, Into Maui Final
Tyler Ennis had 28 points and was key in two second-half runs that led No. 8 Syracuse over California 92-81 in the second round of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
The win puts the Orange into the championship game against No. 18 Baylor on Wednesday night.
Syracuse scored 51 points on 55% shooting the second half, including five from behind the arc. Ennis had 17 of his 28 points in the second and Trevor Cooney 20 of his 23. Syracuse held a double-digit lead with under 8 to play and never let up.
“Our guards were unbelievable today and I didn’t even know that until I looked at the stat sheet,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I knew they were pretty good, but they were better.”
California will play Dayton in the third place game.