Tyler Ennis had one of the worst games during his young career in Saturday night's loss to Duke. But the Syracuse point guard responded with a strong performance at Maryland as the Orange squeaked out another close win.
Ennis was back to his old self, running the show with poise and efficiency for the Orange. He finished with 20 points, the fourth time this season he has hit that mark, on 9-18 shooting. Ennis even hit two shots from three-point range, including a buzzer beater at the end of the first half.
Ennis was aggressive right from the start, taking the smaller Seth Allen off the dribble over and over. Once in the lane, Ennis hit pull-up jumpers, floaters and muscled a couple in at the rim.
His footwork was spectacular, using a strong pivot foot to fake one way and shoot from the other. After going just 2-13 from the floor against the Blue Devils, this was a much needed lift for Syracuse.
As the Syracuse offense continues to struggle at times, they need someone to step up and be a consistent threat to pair with C.J. Fair. With Jerami Grant sitting out the second half with injury, Ennis fulfilled that role to perfection.
The college game is largely a guard's game, and Ennis is one of the best in the country. As he becomes more aggressive looking for his own shot, it helps open things up for the rest of the team. Over the last two games specifically, Ennis has shown flashes of becoming that consistent scorer.
With a huge game coming up on Saturday, Ennis' offensive game could be rounding into form at the perfect time.