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Rakeem Christmas’ dunk after a Syracuse timeout quieted the crowd, but only for a minute because Anderson made a 3-pointer from the right side, Brogdon followed an Orange miss with a jumper and then followed another miss with a jumper. The lead was 56-45 with 5:15 remaining and fans sensed that the Cavaliers were in the process of putting away the game.
Ennis, playing with four fouls, hit a pair of free throws to slow the run, but Harris hit a free throw, and then followed a Syracuse miss with a 3-pointer, his first basket in nine tries, causing the crowd to erupt in appreciation for the four-year starter. Harris was removed with 38.9 seconds left to a deafening cheer at Jones Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia had first-half runs of 9-0 and 8-2 in building a 22-15 lead, but a jumper by Fair and Ennis’ 3-pointer — the first of the game — with 5:14 left in the half sparked 13-2 burst for the Orange.
Cooney, who had missed 22 of his last 27 3-point shots, and Richmond native Michael Gbinije then connected back-to-back from beyond the arc for Syracuse, and Christmas’ dunk made it 28-24.
Justin Anderson hit a 3, Virginia’s first, with 47 seconds left and it was 28-27 at the half.
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