Orange find stroke from free throw line

Syracuse has historically struggled from the free throw line. Through their first four games this season, that trend continued. But over the last two nights in Maui, the Orange have reversed their fortune.

Syracuse isn't supposed to be able to shoot free throws well. The Orange entered the Maui Invitational hitting only 62% of their attempts from the charity stripe.

With stiffer competition on the horizon, the concern was missed foul shots would cost Syracuse a win in a close contest.

All Syracuse has done over the last two nights is hit 45 of their 51 free throws, good for a sizzling 88%.

Leading the charge is Tyler Ennis, who has hit 18 of his 19 attempts. That includes drilling clutch free throws down the stretch of games to help the Orange protect the lead.

With the ability of Ennis to penetrate, and Grant and Fair to attack the rim, Syracuse should be able to get to the line frequently all season.

If the Orange continue to hit shots consistently from the spot that has been their achilles heal historically, it gives a talented squad yet another weapon as they look to make another Final Four run.

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