Syracuse vs. High Point final score: Orange use big 2nd half to blow out Panthers, 75-54

Rich Barnes

Syracuse only led by three at halftime, but a dominant showing in the second half ensured there would be no upset on Friday night.

It wasn't as easy as No. 2 Syracuse expected, but the Orange used a big showing in the second half to defeat High Point on Friday night, 75-54.

High Point came out firing early and only trailed Syracuse by three going into halftime. The Orange's vaunted 2-3 zone got the best of the Panthers in the final 20 minutes, though, holding them to just 20 points in the second half while seldom giving them a clean look at the basket. 'Cuse seemingly couldn't miss on the other end; the Orange finished the game shooting 53.7 percent from the floor and 7-of-13 from behind the arc.

C.J. Fair continued his impressive run this season with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Trevor Cooney led the Orange with 17 points, hitting 5-of-6 from deep. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis continued to be a terrific floor general with 10 points and nine assists, coming close to the first double-double of his collegiate career.

Next up for Syracuse is a showdown with No. 8 Villanova on Dec. 28. High Point's next game will come on the road against Arkansas on the 28th, as well.

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