The record looks pristine, but nothing this ACC season has come easily for Syracuse.

The Orange needed clutch scoring from Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and Trevor Cooney down the stretch here Saturday to separate from the stubborn Miami Hurricanes and emerge from the BankUnited Center with a 64-52 win.

The Hurricanes, riding red-hot 3-point shooting most of the afternoon, tied the score at 46 with 8 minutes, 20 seconds remaining when Davon Reed drove the lane, sank a layup and was fouled. His free throw gave Miami its first lead since it opened with the game's first basket.

Miami, which started the game shooting 1-of-4 from the 3-point line, starting scoring from the deep perimeter with alarming regularity. At one point in the second half, Reed attempted to throw an alley-oop to a teammate — instead, the ball fell through the rim for a 3-pointer.

With a little more than 6 minutes left in the game, Reed missed a 3-pointer as the shot clock ticked to zero and Ennis grabbed the long rebound. Ennis converted a layup on the run-out and sank the resulting free throw to get the Orange back on top 49-47.

Fair's subsequent 15-footer, plus Cooney's key three from the top of the Miami zone sealed it for SU.

No. 2 Syracuse stays unbeaten at 19-0 and 6-0 in the ACC. Miami slipped to 10-9 and 2-5. Fair led the Orange with 15 points. Ennis scored 14, Grant had 14 and Cooney finished with 11. The Orange enjoyed a huge 38-24 rebounding advantage.

Reed's 16 topped Miami, which finished the game shooting 9-for-17 from the 3-point line.
The way the game started Saturday, it looked as if win No. 19 would come easily for the Orange.

Syracuse methodically built a 26-8 lead on the home Hurricanes; Fair scored 10 of those Orange points on an array of scoring options. He sank a 3-pointer, followed a Michael Gbinije missed 3-pointer, then grabbed an offensive board, put it back, was fouled and sank the resulting free throw.

The ease with which Syracuse scored stood in stark contrast to the first time these teams met on Jan. 4 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse shot just 36 percent and needed an 8-0 late-game run to bag its 49-44 win over Miami. The Orange connected on just 28 percent of its shots after halftime of that game.