7:00 PM ET, February 19, 2014
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- To a man, the Boston College Eagles were convinced of one thing: DK was looking down on them.
Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann hit 3-pointers in overtime, Lonnie Jackson made four straight free throws in the final 26.2 seconds, and lowly BC stunned top-ranked Syracuse 62-59 on Wednesday night, ending the Orange's unbeaten season.
"It was an emotional game for us," BC coach Steve Donahue said after his first Carrier Dome win in eight tries against the Orange. "It's been incredible for these guys to persevere. We've played well in a lot of games."
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The Eagles came to town with heavy hearts and a good dose of determination. Longtime basketball media contact and sports information assistant Dick Kelley died last week after a two-year battle with ALS. His funeral was Tuesday, and the Eagles, who often visited his apartment, were wearing "DK" patches on their uniforms.
"The patch on our chests, toward the end of the game, it was like, 'We can't be denied. DK is looking down on us. He's got us,'" forward Ryan Anderson said. "It's real emotional. It's really going to set in in a couple of hours."
Boston College (7-19, 3-10 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had lost five straight, rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pull off the improbable upset. The Eagles had dropped six games by four points or fewer, including 74-71 at Georgia Tech and 73-69 to Notre Dame in the past week.
"We've been in a lot of close games this year, lost a lot of heartbreakers," said Jackson, who was just 9-of-16 from the free throw line in conference play entering the game. "We've been in this before, so we just had to rely on that. Finally, the ball bounced our way."
Syracuse (25-1, 12-1) travels to No. 5 Duke on Saturday night for a rematch of their overtime instant classic Feb. 1.
The loss leaves No. 3 Wichita State (28-0), which beat Loyola of Chicago 88-74 on Wednesday night, as the lone unbeaten team in Division I.
The Eagles, whose only conference wins this season were over Virginia Tech, beat a No. 1-ranked team for the third time and first since knocking off then-No. 1 North Carolina in 2009.
Syracuse, which had won its previous two games by a combined three points, shot a season-low 32.2 percent from the field, including going 2-of-12 from 3-point range, its sputtering offense unable to pull off another miracle finish.
"When you get in enough of these games, there's going to be one you're not going to make a play. That's what happens," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "At the end of games, you get into enough of these games, you're not going to win.
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"I'm really happy that we've won 25 games," Boeheim said. "We can't think about that. We've got to think about what we have to (do) going forward. We've really got to get better, and I think we will. It's been an unbelievable run; I've never seen anything like it before. It's remarkable what they've done."
With the game tied at 50 after two halves played at Boston College's deliberate pace, Hanlan and Heckmann hit from long range to give BC a 56-52 lead with 2:56 left, but Tyler Ennis' driving layup knotted the score at 56 with 2:09 to play.
A free throw by Ennis gave the Orange a one-point lead, but Heckmann's backdoor layup put the Eagles back in front with 43.5 seconds left.
After a timeout, Ennis threw a pass toward C.J. Fair in the right corner that sailed out of bounds. After the officials initially ruled it was Syracuse's ball, a video review with 32.5 seconds left reaffirmed the call. It didn't matter when Fair missed a drive and Jackson sealed the victory with his clutch free throws.
Hanlan finished with 20 points, and Jackson had 10. Anderson had nine points and 14 rebounds, but the Eagles won it by going 11-of-22 from behind the arc. They committed 15 turnovers, three after halftime.
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Boston College, which had lost five straight, rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pull off the improbable upset.
Fair finished with 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting and had 11 rebounds. Ennis had 14 points and six assists, and Jerami Grant finished with 11 points.
Syracuse won 58-56 at Pittsburgh a week ago and 56-55 over North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night as the Orange walked a tightrope much of the season.
Grant's spinning layup on a drive through the lane gave Syracuse a 50-48 lead with 77 seconds left in regulation, but Hanlan tied it with a layup 30 seconds later.
After a timeout, Ennis missed a layup attempt but snared his own rebound, and Boeheim called a timeout with 20 seconds left to set up a final shot. But Rakeem Christmas missed a hook in the lane just before the buzzer to force overtime.
BC was called for two shot-clock violations in the final five minutes, squandering a chance to win it in regulation.
BC figured to attack the Syracuse zone inside-out with Jackson leading the ACC in shooting at 50 percent (34-of-68) from behind the arc and Joe Rahon and Hanlan each with 21 3-pointers. Eddie Odio, averaging 42.4 percent from long range, also started.
BC trailed by eight points at halftime and by as many 13 in the second half before its outside game came alive. Hanlan hit three from behind the arc and Rahon had two in a seven-minute span to key a 21-8 spurt, and Anderson's layup tied it at 41-all with 8:15 left.
A 3 by Rahon from the left corner made it 46-42 with 6:09 to go. Syracuse tied it at 46 on Ennis' driving layup with 5:09 left, but he committed a turnover on the ensuing possession and Heckmann's layup put BC back in front 48-46 at 3:30.
The Orange tied it at 48 on a free throw by Christmas with 2:23 to play.
Syracuse started badly, missing its first seven shots and falling behind 7-2 as Jackson drained two 3s in the first five minutes. Fair notched the Orange's first basket on a reverse layup at 14:19.
Fair, Syracuse's leading scorer, had eight of the Orange's first 12 points, but half those points were on free throws as he missed eight of his first 10 shots. Syracuse shot 34.5 percent (10-of-29) and missed all six attempts from long range in the first half.
Grant's three-point play gave Syracuse a 25-17 lead at halftime as the Orange held Boston College's top scorers in check. Hanlan was 1-of-5 from the field and Anderson 1-of-4.
The Orange boosted the lead to 33-20 on Ennis' 3 from the wing with 17:25 left.
Syracuse won at Boston College a little more than a month ago. The Orange trailed 51-46 with just more than 10 minutes to play, then took advantage of their size inside during a 16-1 run over a span of less than four minutes and won 69-59.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-49 (.429)||20-62 (.323)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-22 (.500)||2-12 (.167)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-10 (.900)||17-24 (.708)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
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This is the 3rd time EVER that a team below .500 has defeated the AP No. 1 team on the road. It's the first time since Georgia Tech won at top-ranked Kentucky in 1955.[+]
Road Wins vs AP No. 1 Team - By Teams Below .500
Boston College entered the game with a .240 win percentage. That's the worst percentage EVER by a team to defeat the AP No. 1 team in February or later.[+]
Worst Win Pct by Winner vs AP No. 1 - February or Later
Syracuse entered Wednesday ranked No. 3 in BPI. Boston College entered ranked No. 159. In terms of BPI rank differential (156), it's currently the largest upset against a BPI top-25 team this season.[+]
Largest Upsets vs BPI Top 25 Teams - In Terms of BPI Rank This Season
Boston College's 19 losses at the time of game are the most ever by a team who defeated the AP No. 1 team. The previous record was 18 by UCLA, who at 9-18 defeated No. 1 Arizona on March 13, 2003.
Entering play on Wednesday, Syracuse was undefeated and the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the country. After their loss to Boston College, the Orange now have the worst loss this season of any of Joe Lunardi's No. 1 seeds.[+]
Worst Loss This Season - Top 4 Seeds According to Joe Lunardi
Tyler Ennis was clutch... until tonight. In 1-possession games in the final 5 minutes of the 2nd half and overtime, he had more turnovers (2) tonight than he had in all other games combined. He was 1-for-5 shooting with 0 assists and 2 turnovers, and even missed a free throw, after the 5-minute mark of the 2nd half.[+]
Tyler Ennis in 1-Possession Games - Final 5:00 of 2nd Half/OT This Season
UPDATES WITH LATE REVISION TO FG PCT IN FINAL BOX SCORE: Syracuse had its worst shooting night of the season in their upset loss to Boston College on Wednesday:[+]
Syracuse Orange - Lowest Single-Game FG Pct This Season
The last 5 times #1 has lost at home to an unranked team, all 5 times it has been an unranked ACC team going on the road to win. AP #1 Losing at Home to Unranked Opponent Last 5 Instances #1 Lost to 2013 Michigan State North Carolina 2009 Wake Forest Virginia Tech 2009 North Carolina Boston College 2008 North Carolina Maryland 2003 Florida Maryland
We know Boston College beating Syracuse is a big upset, but just how big? They were separated by 156 spots in BPI entering their game. Going by average difference between seeds, it was closer to a 16 beating a 1 than a 15 beating a 2.[+]
Average BPI Difference In 2013 NCAA Tournament
Entering tonight, Boston College's five wins over Division I opponents this season have come against: Virginia Tech (9-16, BC beat VT twice), Sacred Heart (4-22), Florida Atlantic (10-16) and Washington (14-12). The Eagles' other win this season was against Division II Philadelphia University.
In terms of BPI, BC's win is easily the biggest shocker of all top-10 upsets this season[+]
Largest Difference In BPI - BPI Top-10 Losses This Season
Only 2 times in the history of the AP Poll has AP #1 lost a game vs an opponent with a win percentage under .400 in February or later March 3, 2003 9-18 UCLA beat Arizona 96-89 February 21, 1959 7-12 Maryland beat North Carolina 69-51 BC entered tonight 6-19, .240 win pct
* Syracuse: won 46 straight home games vs unranked opponents (last loss: Jan. 25, 2011 vs Seton Hall) * Syracuse: won 19 straight home games vs unranked conference opponents (last loss: Jan. 25, 2011 vs Seton Hall) * Boston College: lost 21 of last 22 games vs Top 5 opponents (only win: Jan. 4, 2009 at 1 UNC)
Hasn't been that long since #1 and #2 lost on same day February 2, 2013 #1 Michigan lost at #3 Indiana #2 Kansas lost to Oklahoma State
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