9:30 PM ET, March 12, 2009
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Syracuse survives longest game in Big East history with epic win over UConn
NEW YORK -- Syracuse and Connecticut played a game for the ages Thursday night and into early Friday. When it was over, everybody in Madison Square Garden was exhausted and, except for the losing team, exhilarated.Telling someone that Syracuse (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) beat Connecticut (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) 127-117 in six overtimes in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament is equivalent to saying there's a star in the sky.There's more, so much more."I've got no words," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said when asked to describe the second-longest Division I game ever. "I've never been prouder of any team I've coached."There were the numbers, from the 3 hours, 46 minutes it took to play the game that ended at 1:22 a.m., to the combined 244 points, 102 of which came after the regulation buzzer, to the eight players who fouled out, to the six who registered double-doubles.And that wasn't nearly all. Just ask Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn, who had 34 points and 11 assists in a game-high 67 minutes, only 3 fewer than were played."I just wanted to get the game over with," he said. "I was thinking, 'Lord, just get this game over with. Whoever wins the game, let's just get it over with.'"
• Eight players fouled out of the game -- four on each team.
• The teams combined for 103 field-goal attempts and 102 points in OT (211 total attempts in the game).
• Syracuse shot 23-for-26 from the line in overtime (17-25 prior to OT).
• Connecticut was 11-for-22 from the free-throw line in regulation.
• Syracuse never led in overtime prior to the sixth extra period.
-- ESPN research
Up All Night
Syracuse needed six overtimes to edge rival Connecticut in its Big East quarterfinal win. Here's a look at how the extra stanzas played out, by the numbers, at MSG:
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||39-103 (.379)||43-106 (.406)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-23 (.391)||7-35 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||40-51 (.784)||24-42 (.571)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||30 (0/0)||36 (0/0)|