Syracuse's backcourt of Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney combined for 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Ennis had 11 points and five assists by halftime, when the Orange held a 40-21 lead.
Sean Keeley of Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician approved:
Ennis now has two "Oh Dear God What Happ…Oh…Awesome!" passes. It's that kind of game.— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) March 20, 2014
Is it me or was that the best half of basketball Syracuse has played, like, all season?— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) March 20, 2014
Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant finished with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, plus five rebounds and two assists. Some of those points were scored rather violently:
Jerami Grant is loose in the city of Buffalo. Please seek shelter, Buffalonians!— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) March 20, 2014
Senior forward C.J. Fair added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Orange, who never trailed in the game.
Forward Tucker Haymond and center Shayne Whittington scored a team-high 11 points apiece for Western Michigan. The Broncos shot 34.7 percent from the field and missed 14 of their 18 three-point attempts against Syracuse's zone.