Jerami Grant returned to action against Florida State from a back that kept him out of Syracuse's loss to Georgia Tech, and prevented him from playing the second half of the Orange's previous two games.
His return was a much needed boost to a Syracuse offense that had been terrible during a recent stretch where they lost four of five.
The sophomore forward was back to his old self, moving fluidly, attacking the basket, and helping control the paint for the Orange. In Syracuse's 74-58 win over Florida State, Grant finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists on 6-11 shooting.
It was a vintage Grant performance.
He was strong inside, attacking the rim at will and using his supreme athleticism to get by defenders. Grant helped get the Florida State bigs in foul trouble in the first half, and led an Orange rebounding attack that controlled the glass 43-24 over the bigger Seminoles.
Grant's length helped on the defense end as well, contributing to Syracuse forcing 11 turnovers and holding Florida State to just 38% shooting from the floor.
Grant gave Syracuse a spark and the team responded. While Cooney still struggled to hit an outside shot, the Orange looked much closer to the team that started 25-0 than they did the one that lost four of five.
As important as a win was for the mental stability of this Syracuse squad, Grant coming back and looking like he never left was far more significant.
Syracuse is whole again and at the perfect time. It could be a sign that the Orange are coming out of their funk and are poised for another postseason run.