Final OT

Rutgers 84

(13-8, 3-5 Big East)

Syracuse 86

(16-6, 4-4 Big East)

7:00 PM ET, February 1, 2006

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

1 2 OT T
RUTG 35 39 1084
SYR 39 35 1286

Top Performers

Rutgers: Q. Douby 41 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Syracuse: D. Nichols 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Roberts' buzzer-beater lifts Syracuse past Rutgers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Terrence Roberts hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer in overtime to give Syracuse an 86-84 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night, snapping the Orange's four-game losing streak.

It was only Roberts' fifth 3-point attempt of the season and ruined a banner night for a guy who thrives from long range. Quincy Douby, the Big East's leading scorer, had career highs of 41 points and nine 3-pointers for Rutgers.

Syracuse (16-6, 4-4 Big East) was 4-4 in January, finishing the month with four straight losses, and February didn't seem to be starting out too well when Anthony Farmer hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Scarlet Knights (13-8, 3-5) an 84-83 lead with just 7.8 seconds left in the extra period.

The Orange played the second half without senior guard Gerry McNamara, the team's leading scorer at 16.9 points per game. McNamara, who scored just two points, sat on the bench nursing an injured right thigh he hurt in the first half, and his absence nearly cost the Orange the game.

Josh Wright, who replaced McNamara, was called for a 10-second violation with the Orange leading 80-79, but after Frank Russell hit a hook in the lane to give Rutgers the lead back, Wright atoned with a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim before going in to give the Orange an 83-81 lead with 63 seconds left.

Roberts finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, Demetris Nichols had 24 points and nine rebounds, Eric Devendorf had 21 points, and Wright finished with 14.

JR Inman had 14 points, Marquis Webb had 11 and Farmer 10 for Rutgers.

Webb forced the overtime when he hit a 3 from the right corner off a feed from Douby in the final second of regulation after Nichols had hit two free throws to give the Orange a 74-71 lead.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 84 86
FG Made-Attempted 29-70 (.414) 27-56 (.482)
3P Made-Attempted 15-32 (.469) 7-16 (.438)
FT Made-Attempted 11-16 (.688) 25-35 (.714)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 10

2005-06 Season

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