SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Last March, Syracuse shut down Indiana in the NCAA tournament with coach Jim Boeheim's signature 2-3 zone defense.
Different season, same result for the Hoosiers.
The Orange backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 38 points, nine assists and eight steals, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Indiana 69-52 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.
"Because it's Indiana, it's kind of like a rivalry, and they're a really good team," said Cooney, who scored 21 points. "We wanted to come out and prove to everyone that we're a good team."
Syracuse, fresh from winning the Maui Invitational, registered seven blocked shots, 10 steals and matched the nation's top team on the glass with 29 rebounds with just a 12-11 deficit on the offensive glass. Indiana shot 15 of 41 (36.6 percent) and was 6 of 13 from the field in the second half in getting outscored 36-23.
"We finally got our offense going a little bit, made a couple of baskets, but our defense was really the difference for the first time this year," Boeheim said. "Coming back from Hawaii, I thought the way everybody held their legs was pretty good. Our energy level was pretty good."
So, too, was that of the crowd of 26,414, whose deafening roars in the second half rocked the Carrier Dome as the Orange assumed control.
"We just get up for these games," Ennis said.
Syracuse (8-0) has won 46 straight nonconference games at home, and there was no love lost in this rematch from last season's East Regional semifinal won handily by the Orange. Indiana was called for two flagrant fouls Tuesday, the second coming in the second half as the game was slipping away.
Syracuse used a 25-4 run to break open a tie game after holding just a 33-29 halftime lead despite scoring the game's first 10 points.