BROOKLYN, N.Y. (seminoles.com) – Cole Swider scored 28 points to led four players in double figures and Syracuse defeated Florida State, 96-57, in the second round of the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center. The Orange advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament where they will meet No. 1 seeded Duke on Thursday at 12 Noon.
Seminole freshman and ACC Sixth Man of the Year Matthew Cleveland led Florida State with 13 points. Redshirt senior Anthony Polite pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Syracuse began the game hot and shot the ball well throughout the game. The Orange led the game, 49-26, at the half after shooting .531 percent from the field and making seven of 15 3-point field goals. Swider total 20 first half points
Redshirt senior Tanor Ngom scored nine points for the Seminoles while Polite contributed eight points. Nine of Cleveland’s 13 points came in the second half.
Syracuse, one of the top three-point shooting teams in the ACC, shot a total .393 percent from beyond the arc and .514 percent from the field for the game. The Seminoles held Syracuse to just four triples in the second half.
The Seminoles had the advantage on blocks with seven and contributed five steals. With a 4.9 bpg average and an 8.5 spg average, the Seminoles are the only team in the ACC that is ranked in the top five for both steals and blocked shots, coming in second for both statistics.