Syracuse Orange back on track, crush Western Michigan

Canadian Tyler Ennis takes a shot while Western Michigan's Tucker Haymond defends during Thursday's...

Canadian Tyler Ennis takes a shot while Western Michigan's Tucker Haymond defends during Thursday's Syracuse win. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

BUFFALO - The Syracuse Orange appears to be back on track.

The best team in college basketball for a long stretch of this season, that version of Syracuse reappeared Thursday in an NCAA Tournament-opening 77-53 thorough thrashing of overmatched Western Michigan.

Brampton’s Tyler Ennis controlled the play from the jump in a steady 16-point, six-assist point-guard clinic.

Sick of letting middling teams hang around during a stretch that has seen Syracuse drop 5-of-7 following its 25-game winning streak to start the year, the Orange jumped on Western Michigan early and often.

“We just focus on defence, getting stops. Because we know we’re going to score the ball, we’re going to get into transition if we get stops,” Ennis said.

“We kind of had to close the game as quick as possible.”


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