6:30 PM ET, February 1, 2014
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Syracuse Downs Duke In OT Thriller
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Coach K said he hoped this game would live up to its billing. It did, and then some.
Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.
The Orange withstood a tying 3-pointer in regulation and won before a Carrier Dome record crowd of 35,446.
"It was just a great game," Boeheim said after career victory No. 941. "I don't think I've ever been involved in a better game in here where both teams played at such a high level. Both teams just went after it. We've had a lot of games that have been here that are great. There's never been one as good as this one."
C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. The Orange remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.
"I knew for us to win I would have to contribute offensively," said Fair, who shot 12 of 20. "I was able to not force things once I got going. I felt I was the hot hand and my teammates kept giving me the ball."
"They were playing small. We knew we had a lot of mismatches around the court," Grant said. "After I got the first dunk, they just kept feeding me."
Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.
Sign Of Things To Come?
Syracuse has won its first 21 games of the season, a school record. However, the Orange haven't advanced past the Elite 8 in any of their previous four best starts.
Syracuse Best Undefeated Starts
|2011-12||20-0||34-3||L, Elite 8|
|1999-00||19-0||26-6||L, Sweet 16|
|2010-11||18-0||27-8||L, Round of 32|
|--ESPN Stats & Information|
"Both teams played with so much heart," Krzyzewski said. "We were scrambling a lot because of our foul trouble and our kids scrambled well. They scrambled well enough to put us in a position to win ... Just a tough loss."
Syracuse students camped out in the bitter cold for nearly two weeks and were part of a crowd that was charged up from the start for the first ACC meeting between these longtime powers. It was Duke's first game against the Orange in the Carrier Dome.
Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds for Duke (17-5, 6-3). The Blue Devils, who had won five in a row, get their chance to avenge the loss in three weeks when the teams meet again at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
"We just needed one more play, whether it was a rebound or a shot going in," said Andre Dawkins, who scored five points in overtime before fouling out in the final minute. "We just needed one play."
From the moment Boeheim and Krzyzewski walked onto Jim Boeheim Court to a deafening roar and hugged at midcourt surrounded by a sea of orange, the atmosphere was electric. Singing and acting star Vanessa Williams, a Syracuse alum and former Miss America, performed the national anthem.
The game was chock full of story lines, well before the tipoff.
Two Hall of Fame coaches and good friends with a combined 1,914 wins who had only met twice before on opposing benches, each winning once. Boeheim's signature 2/3 zone defense vs. Krzyzewski's intense man-to-man.
Fair, Syracuse's leading scorer, vs. Dawkins, a fifth-year senior who leads the ACC in 3-point shooting. Parker vs. Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, two of the most accomplished freshmen in the country.
The game was tied at 78 after regulation, and there were two more ties in the extra session. Grant had three straight slams for the Orange, while Dawkins hit a follow and a 3 from the top of the key as Duke took a three-point lead with 1:20 left.
Two free throws by Ennis got Syracuse within one and two more by Grant put the Orange up 88-87 with 39 seconds left.
Duke's Rodney Hood missed a dunk attempt against Rakeem Christmas with 12.2 seconds remaining -- Hood wanted a foul but nothing was called. Two more free throws by Ennis as Jefferson fouled out made it 90-87.
Sulaimon sank a pair of free throws for Duke to make it a one-point game with 9.4 seconds left. Fair made one of two from the foul line with 5.5 seconds to go.
Duke scrambled to get off a last shot and Quinn Cook missed a rushed fling from the right wing at the buzzer as Syracuse escaped.
Grant had 12 rebounds. Trevor Cooney and Ennis each scored 14 points for the Orange.
Ennis had nine assists with two turnovers in a game in which both teams committed just eight and Christmas had seven points, 10 rebounds and six of Syracuse's nine blocks.
Sulaimon finished with 16 points. Jefferson, Dawkins, and Hood finished with 14 points for Duke, which made 15 of 36 on 3s.
Syracuse led 38-35 at the break and Fair continued the play that made him the preseason pick for ACC player of the year.
Parker's three-point play at 11:05 gave Duke a 56-54 lead, its first since just past the midpoint of the opening half. But just when he seemed set to spark the Blue Devils, Parker picked up two quick fouls to give him four and Dawkins was whistled for his fourth just over a minute later.
Fair responded by scoring eight points as the Orange went up 66-59 with 6:37 left. Undaunted, Tyler Thornton rescued Duke with three 3-pointers in less than two minutes and Parker's basket underneath tied it at 70-all with 3:53 to play.
Sulaimon hit two 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation. He got a chance at a four-point play, but missed the foul shot with 47.6 seconds left.
SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot prior to the game against the...(Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-72 (.431)||31-54 (.574)|
|3P Made-Attempted||15-36 (.417)||3-4 (.750)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-17 (.706)||26-32 (.813)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
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ACC Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|North Carolina State||8-9||18-12|
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From Elias: Syracuse is 6th ACC team to start 21-0 or better.[+]
Best Undefeated Starts - By ACC Team All-Time
Syracuse scored a season-high 1.34 points per possession (91 points in 68 possessions) in its win Saturday against Duke. The Blue Devils averaged 1.29. Combined, it was the second-most efficient game this season between two major conference teams. The average for a game between two major conference teams is 1.04 points per possession.[+]
Most Combined Pts per Possession
Duke scored 45 of its 89 points from the 3-point line Saturday and 32 points in the paint. The Blue Devils went scoreless on four mid-range field goal attempts.[+]
Duke Point Distribution
Syracuse's final 23 points came from inside the paint or at the free-throw line. For the game, the Orange outscored Duke by 10 points in the paint and 14 points at the free throw line.[+]
Tyler Ennis had 3 assists and 0 turnovers in the final 5 minutes of the 2nd half and overtime against Duke. He had 8 points on 1-1 FG and 6-6 FT during that span. For the season, Ennis now has 17 assists with 0 turnovers while shooting 50 percent from the field after the 5 minute mark of the 2nd half.[+]
Tyler Ennis Offense This Season
Duke averages 121.1 points per 100 possessions, the second-best offensive efficiency in the nation. The Blue Devils scored 80 points in 61 possessions during their win at Pittsburgh, the highest offensive efficiency (131.1) allowed by the Panthers since Nov. 16, 2011, when Long Beach State scored 86 points in 65 possessions (132.3).[+]
Duke has lost 4 straight road games vs top-2 opponents, after winning back-to-back road games against top-2 opponents. In those 4 losses, the Blue Devils have been outscored by 14.0 PPG. Their last road win vs a top-2 opponent was on Nov. 26, 1997 (at 1 Arizona).[+]
Duke on the Road vs Top 2 Opponents - Since 1996-97
*Jabari Parker has attempted 67% of his field goals in the paint during his last four games after attempting 37% of his shots in the paint in his first four conference games.[+]
Syracuse shot a season-high 57.4% in its win over Duke on Saturday. It's the best the Orange shot since they shot 59.3% against UConn on February 11, 2012.
Syracuse has been tied or behind at the 5 minute mark in the second half in five games this season, including in two of its last three games. In those five games, the Orange outscored their opponents by 37 points the rest of the way, thanks in part to freshmen guard Tyler Ennis. If Ennis produced at the same level for the whole game that he does in the final 5 minutes, he would average 28.3 points, 7.5 assists and 0 turnovers.[+]
Tyler Ennis in Final 5 Minutes of Game
Syracuse rebounds 40% of its missed shots, the best offensive-rebounding percentage in the ACC and 10th best in the nation.
Syracuse allows 20.3 points per game in the paint, second fewest by a major conference team behind SMU (19.4). The Orange are allowing 18.6 points per game in the paint in ACC games, fewest for any major conference team.
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