True freshman point guard Tyler Ennis had his worst game of his young career the last time Syracuse took the floor. That was in a close win over St. Francis. After traveling to Maui, Ennis was looking to bounce back with a strong performance.
He may not have shot well from the floor, finishing just one for nine on his field goal attempts. But Ennis was steady in every other aspect of the game. He finished the game with 12 points, hitting 10 of his 11 free throw attempts.
Ennis also ran the half court offense well, getting Syracuse into their sets and giving the Orange flow throughout most of the game. He finished the game with a solid five assists. Ennis was able to find players inside for open shots with gorgeous passes and excellent court vision that is beyond his years as a true freshman.
More importantly, he did not turn the ball over. Ennis also added four rebounds.
When the game was still in doubt late, Ennis came up with two of his five steals and hit clutch free throws to help Syracuse clinch the victory. Ennis is still developing, and will be a much better player at the end of the season than he is now.
And he's pretty darn good right now.