We have seen many classic games between the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange in their long and storied history’s, but Saturday afternoon’s clash at the Carrier Dome was the first time the two have met as members of the ACC.
Syracuse outlasted the Panthers in the 59-54 win with Tyler Ennis leading the team with 16 points and three assists in showing poise beyond his years.
While the conference was different, this game resembled the old school meetings from their time in the Big East as the No. 2 Orange and No. 22 Panthers played a back-and-forth game until back-to-back layups by Syracuse freshman phenom point guard Ennis who put the game on his shoulders.
Ennis gave the Orange a one-point lead in the final two minutes, then after the patented Orange zone defense forced two missed shots by Pitt on the other end, Ennis put the Orange up by three in the final seconds and showed the poise of a senior when he sank two free throws with 4.8 on the clock and the Orange up by a lone point to ice it.
Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon carried with him a 5-1 record at the Carrier Dome and a 10-4 vs. Jim Boeheim and Syracuse, but his team falls to 16-2 while the Orange remain undefeated at 18-0.