Syracuse has struggled from the free throw line all season. They entered their first game in Maui shooting only 62% from the charity stripe. In a back and forth game against Minnesota on Monday, the Orange made the most of their opportunities.
Syracuse finished 22-27 from the line, led by Tyler Ennis' 10-11 performance. Jerami Grant, C.J. Fair and Michael Gbinije combined to go 8-8 from the line as well. For a Syracuse team that had kept inferior opponents in the game with poor foul shooting, it was a welcome relief to perform so well.
As the Orange go deeper into the season and the competition level improves, free throw shooting could be the difference between winning and losing in many of those contests.
On this night, it was a huge reason why Syracuse was able to hold off a sharp shooting Golden Gophers squad.