9:40 PM ET, March 23, 2013
Syracuse survives 12-minute drought without FG to advance to Sweet 16
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A 12-minute drought without a field goal. Six made baskets in the second half. Fifteen missed free throws.Those ugly offensive numbers somehow added up to an NCAA tournament win for Syracuse thanks to a suffocating zone defense that took California and its hometown fans out of the game.C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and the fourth-seeded Orange overcame a horrid offensive performance to beat the 12th-seeded Golden Bears 66-60 on Saturday night and advance to the round of 16 for the second consecutive year.
NCAA Mens Tournament
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange goes up against Richard Solomon #35 of the...(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: C.J. Fair was one of four scorers who registered double figures for Syracuse. He finished with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals.
X factor: Cal's struggles from the 3-point line ruined its chances of an upset. The Bears shot 4-for-21 from beyond the arc.
That was proof: Syracuse's zone and the athleticism that comes with it will be a problem for any team in the field. Boeheim's scheme was responsible for Cal standouts Justin Cobbs and Allen Crabbe shooting a combined 5-for-18.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-56 (.393)||18-46 (.391)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-21 (.190)||4-10 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-19 (.632)||26-41 (.634)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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