No. 8 Syracuse pulls away in second half to beat California in Maui

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 26, 2013
Tyler Ennis scored 28 points and led two key second-half runs that carried No. 8 Syracuse past California 92-81 in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday. The win put the Orange in the tournament title game Wednesday night against Dayton or No. 18 Baylor. Syracuse scored 51 points in the second half, shooting 55 percent and making five of seven 3-point attempts. Ennis had 17 points and Trevor Cooney scored 20 of his 23 after the break. Jerami Grant finished with 19 points while C.J. Fair had 14 points and seven rebounds. Ennis hit a layup during a nine-point run started by Grant's putback dunk. The spurt lasted more than 2 minutes and gave Syracuse (6-0) its first double-digit lead with less than 8 minutes left. Justin Cobbs scored 18 points for the Golden Bears (5-1), who will play the Dayton-Baylor loser in the third-place game. The game was close until midway through the second half, with 10 ties and 12 lead changes. Cal tied it at 41 going into halftime when Tyrone Wallace hit two free throws after being fouled on a rebound by Ennis. David Kravish then hit a layup to start the second half, but Ennis responded with his own layup 30 seconds later. Cobbs gave Cal a four-point run to tie the game at 54. He made a nifty pass in traffic to set up Jordan Mathews for a dunk, then stole the ball from Cooney on the next possession and scampered for a dunk. Grant responded with a jumper and Syracuse led the rest of the game. Jabari Bird scored 17 points for Cal and Kravish had 15. The Bears played without Richard Solomon because of an abrasion on his right eye. Solomon started Cal's previous five games.
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