No. 2 Orange squeeze out first loss for ‘Nova

Updated: December 28, 2013

Syracuse, NY ( – Trevor Cooney scored 21 points and No. 2
Syracuse withstood an early barrage from Villanova before pulling away for a
78-62 victory in a top-10 matchup of former conference rivals from the Carrier

The Orange (12-0) fell behind 25-7 nine minutes in after the Wildcats sank
five of their first seven attempts from 3-point range, but used an improved
defensive effort and big performances from Cooney and Tyler Ennis to overcome
their early deficit and remain unbeaten while dealing Villanova its first loss
of the season.

Cooney knocked down 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and Ennis tallied 20
points to aid the rally. C.J. Fair helped Syracuse’s cause as well by posting
17 points and six rebounds.

Villanova (11-1) went just 5-of-24 on 3-point tries after its early success
and shot only 38 percent overall for the contest. James Bell netted a game-
high 25 points in a losing cause, accounting for six of the Wildcats’ 10 makes
from long distance.