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College basketball Top 25 recap: Syracuse beats Florida State 74-58

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The Syracuse Orange scored the second most points in their ACC history on Sunday. The Orange used a quick tempo, great rebounding, and hot shooting to knock off Florida State 74-58.

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The return of Jerami Grant provided a much needed punch for the struggling Syracuse offense. Grant returned to the starting lineup from a back injury with a solid 16 points and eight rebounds. His ability on the floor gave other Syracuse players some space to work.

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In a game that Florida State sorely needed on Senior night, Syracuse played their best offensive game in over a month. The Seminoles were more than willing to run up and down the floor, and for awhile, it looked like their strategy would beat the zone before it set up.

Syracuse trailed briefly at 18-17 with 7:50 left in the first half. Then the Orange went on a 14-2 run to take 31-20 lead late in the first half. The Seminoles hit a flurry of shots to end the half, including a rebound slam by Okaro White, who had 20 points. The score cut the lead to 33-27 at the half.

In the second half, C.J. Fair caught fire with his midrange game. Fair hit numerous jump shots that led to a 22 point night.

Although Syracuse kept trying to pull away early in the second half, the Seminoles had another run to keep the game close.

Florida State cut the lead to a single point when Trevor Cooney made a huge appearance on the biggest stage. On back to back possessions, Cooney hit 3-pointers to put the lead right back to seven. Before you knew it, Syracuse was up 65-52, and the game was in hand.

Tyler Ennis also scored 16 points for Syracuse.

Florida State had huge contributions from Aaron Thomas’ 14 points and Ian Miller’s 16 points. However, the rest of the team combined for eight points.

Florida State (18-11) was coming off of a three game winning streak and need a few more wins to earn a shot at an At-Large bid.

Syracuse (27-4) stopped their two game skid and earned second in the ACC.

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