Syracuse cruises past Wake Forest 83-55 behind Cooney
Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney (10) congratulates center Chinonso Obokoh (35) during an NCAA college basketball game at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday Jan. 16, 2016. (Bruce Chapman/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT MBI(
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Trevor Cooney scored 25 points with seven 3-pointers and Syracuse cruised past Wake Forest 83-55 on Saturday for its second-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference win after beginning conference play at 0-4.
Cooney scored the Orange's first 11 points and had 19 before the game was ten minutes old. His fifth 3-pointer of the first half gave the Orange (12-7, 2-4) an early 30-11 lead, and the visitors were never seriously challenged, holding a 47-27 lead at halftime.
Tyler Roberson scored 16 points, Michael Gbinije added 15, and Tyler Lydon 11.
Doral Moore led Wake Forest (10-7, 1-4) with 10 points, the only Deacon to reach double figures.
Wake Forest's offense never found a rhythm against Syracuse's signature 2-3 zone defense, shooting 32.6 percent (14 of 43). Any hope of a second-half comeback was quashed as the Deacons shot 16.7 percent (2 of 12) immediately following the intermission.