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Syracuse vs Michigan – NCAA Final Four Live Game Blog

The Syracuse Orange and the Michigan Wolverines play for a spot in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.  We’ll be live blogging the game.

8:42 – Tip-off for tonight’s second National Semi-final game between Syracuse and Michigan is 9:21 EST.

9:16 – Just under 5 minutes until tip, first ever meeting of No. 4 seeds in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

9:21 – Cuse starting 5 Carter-Williams, Fair, Triche, Christmas, and Southerland. Michigan counters with Burke, Hardaway Jr., Robinson III, McGary, and Stauskas.

9:24 – Southerland blocked by McGary on a drive to the hoop. Syr 0 – Mich 0

9:25 – Hardaway sinks a 3. Syr 0 – Mich 3

9:26 – Fair answers with a basket. Syr 2 – Mich 3

9:27 – Hardaway put back on a missed 3. Syr 2 – Mich 5

9:28 – McGary turn-around for 2. Syr 2 – Mich 7

9:28 – Triche fouled and scores on a drive. FT good. Syr 5 – Mich 7

9:29 – Fair ties it with a jumper. Syr 7 – Mich 7

9:30 – Syracuse D forces shot-clock violation. Media timeout. Syr 7 – Mich 7

9:32 – Michigan taking advantage of a lot of second chance opportunities versus the Cuse zone.

9:34 – McGary scores in transition for Michigan, Grant responds with a dunk. Syr 9 – Mich 9

9:35 – Fair hits another jumper. Syr 11 – Mich 9

9:35 – Cuse zone forces another missed jump shot. Fair hits a 3. Syr 14 – Mich 9

9:38 – LeVert hits a 3. Triche misses badly on a jumper, Michagain scores in transition. Tie game. Syr 14 – Mich 14

9:39 – Media timeout.

9:41 – Triche, Carter-Williams off to a slow start for the Orange. Combined 1 for 6 from the field.

9:41 – Horford converts FT. Cooney responds with a big 3. Syr 17 – Mich 15

9:43 – LaVert blocked on a 3 point attempt. Carter-Williams turns it over. Tough D from Michigan. Syr 17 – Mich 15

9:44 – LaVert 3 pointer good. Syr 17 – Mich 18

9:45 – Hardaway Jr. scores in transition Syr 17 – Mich 20

9:46 – Triche attempted jump shot blocked. Cuse D blocks transition lay up attempt. Media timeout. Syr 17 – Mich 20

9:48 – Fair misses tough shot, Morgan fouled at the other end. 2 FT coming. Syr 17 – Mich 20

9:49 – Morgan good on 1 of 2. Michigan on a 12-3 run. Syr 17 – Mich 21

9:50 – Albrecht sinks a 3 for Michigan. Timeout Cuse. Syr 17 – Mich 24

9:51 – Michigan’s bench outscoring Cuse 13-5. 6:25 left in 1st Half. Syr 17 – Mich 24

9:53 – Triche sinks much needed jumper. Syr 19 – Mich 24

9:54 – McGary fouled in the lane. Shooting 2. Syr 19 – Mich 24

9:55 – 1 for 2 for McGary. Syr 19 – Mich 25

9:55 – Christmas with a put back off missed jumper. Syr 21 – Mich 25

9:56 – Long 3 good from Albrecht. Syr 21 – Mich 28

9:56 – Christmas fouled underneath. Misses both free throws. 4:10 left in half.  Syr 21 – Mich 28

9:58 – Stauskas fouled, will shoot 1 and 1 after media timeout. Syr 21 – Mich 28

9:59 – Cuse really struggling to score the basketball. Carter-Williams still scoreless. Michigan D forcing tough shots from the Orange.

10:01 – Michigan breaking down Cuse zone. Hardaway easy layup in half court set. Syr 21 – Mich 30

10:03 – Carter-Williams turnover, McGary fouled in transition. Mich 2 free throws. Syr 21 – Mich 30

10:03 – McGary 1 for 2. Keita with an easy lay up. Syr 23 – Mich 31

10:04 – LaVert hits another long jumper, Carter-Williams responds with a good drive. His first points of the game. Syr 25 – Mich 33

10:05 – Burke hits another long 3. Cuse can’t convert in the lane. Mich holding for last shot of half. Timeout Mich. Syr 25 – Mich 36

10:07 – Hardaway Jr. misses deep 3 from top of the key. Halftime. Syr 25-Mich 36

10:11 – Cuse struggling to score in the half-court. Michigan beating the Orange zone inside and out. Carter-Williams needs a big 2nd half to get Cuse back in the game. He has as many turnovers (2) as points.

10:13 – Cuse shooting just 40% from the field. Have attempted just 3 FT compared to Michigan’s 7. Wolverines have hit 6 three pointers.

10:16 – Michigan 0 turnovers in final 15 minutes of 1st half. Michigan very well prepared to dissect the Orange zone. Syracuse may have to up the tempo to get back into the game.

10:21 – Carter-Williams, Triche, Southerland shooting a combined 3-14 in the first half. Need someone to step up big in the final 20 minutes. Teams warming up for second half. Syr 25 – Mich 36

10:29 – Boeheim says Carter-Williams and Triche need to get to the basket for Syracuse to have a chance in the second half. Cuse get a stop to open the second half. Syr 25 – Mich 36

10:30 – Fair layup good. Leads Cuse with 11. Michigan turnover. Syr 27- Mich 36

10:31 – Cuse get 3 offensive rebounds, can’t score. Syr 27 – Mich 36

10:32 – Fair scores in the paint again. Syr 29 – Mich 36

10:33 – Hardaway Jr hits a 3 after another offensive rebound. Syr 29 – Mich 39

10:33 – Christmas with a dunk and gets fouled. Makes FT. Syr 32 – Mich 39

10:34 – Hardaway misses long jumper, Cuse turn it right back over. Media timeout. 15:58 left. Syr 32 – Mich 39

10:36 – Michigan not shooting well to start the half, Syracuse needs to take advantage to get back in it. Sloppy passing from Syracuse early 2nd half.

10:38 – McGary no-look pass to Robinson III for a dunk. Syr 32 – Mich 41

10:39 – Both teams trade missed shots, McGary with a dunk for Michigan. Timeout Cuse.  Syr 32 – Mich 43

10:41 – Missed opportunities on the offensive end leading to transition buckets for Michigan, can’t set up on defense rendering the zone useless.

10:42 – Fair fouled going to the basket. Will shoot 2. Syr 32 – Mich 43

10:43 – Fair 1 for 2. Under 15 minutes left. Syr 33 – Mich 43

10:44 – Syracuse get a stop, Grant gets a tough put back on Carter-Williams miss. Syr 35 – Mich 43

10:44 – LaVert with another jump shot off the bench. Triche answers with a layup. Syr 37 – Mich 45

10:45 – Fair with a nice hustle play. Steal off a defensive rebound, fouled going up will shoot 2. Syr 37 – Mich 45

10:46 – Fair hits both. Syr 39 – Mich 45

10:47 – Fair has 16, rest of the Orange just 23.

10:47 – Orange get another stop, Burke missing on a deep 3. Cuse can’t capitalize, Fair misses jumper. Media timeout. Syr 39 – Mich 45

10:50 – 11:43 left in the game. So far Fair the only Syracuse player that has shown up. Still in it. Plenty of time.

10:51 – Hardaway Jr. short on a 3. Zone more effective so far. Fair hits another jumper. No Michigan player can guard him. Syr 41 – Mich 45

10:53 – Cuse get another turnover on a jump ball. Syr 41 – Mich 45

10:54 – Timeout Michigan, Cuse defense had a player pinned on the baseline. Syr 41 – Mich 45

10:55 – Michigan turnover, Carter-Williams called for an offensive foul. Syr 41- Mich 45

10:56 – Hardaway Jr. hits a 3 off an offensive rebound. Ends 4 min drought. Syr 41 – Mich 48

10:57 – Keita responds with a bucket. Syr 43 – Mich 48

10:58 – CJ Fair with another basket after Michigan turnover. Under 8 minutes left. Timeout Mich Syr 45 – Mich 48

10:59 – CJ Fair has 20 points, dragging the Orange back into this one.

11:00 – McGary fouled under the basket. Media timeout. Syr 45 – Mich 48

11:02 – With 7:14 left in the game Carter-Williams and Southerland have combined for 2 points, Fair carrying this team. Michigan has gone cold from beyond the arc also helping the Cuse comeback. Michigan’s National Player of the Year Trey Burke only 3 points.

11:03 – Syr force another turnover, Southerland misses a 3. He’s 0-6. Syr 45 – Mich 48

11:05 – Burke gets his own rebound, fouled will shoot 2 for Mich. Syr 45 – Mich 48

11:06 – Burke 1 for 2. Syr 45 – Mich 49

11:06 – Under 5 minutes left, Fair misses a jumper. Michigan get a tip in off a Burke miss. Syr 45 – Mich 51

11:08 – Fair has gone cold, misses from 3. Michigan working the shot clock. McGary hits a wide open jumper from the elbow. Syr 45 – Mich 53

11:10 – Mitch McGary, Michigan’s player of the game thus far 10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists. Has helped pick apart the zone all night.

11:11 – Cuse turn it over, another poor decision. Media timeout. 3:39 left. Syr 45 – Mich 53

11:13 – Cuse now with a full court press. Force Michigan to call time out. Syr 45 – Mich 53

11:15 – Michigan turn it over, Fair dunk. Syr 47 – Mich 53

11:16 – Hardaway Jr. caught in the air, no call. Fair draws a foul in the lane. Syr 47 – Mich 53

11:17 – Southerland again misses from 3. Wide open. 0-7.  Syr 47 – Mich 53

11:17 – Michigan turnover again. Syracuse has to take advantage. Syr 47 – Mich 53

11:18 – Southerland dunk. Nearly steals the inbound pass. Timeout. Syr 49 – Mich 53

11:19 – Michigan out of timeouts. 1:51 left

11:20 – Carter-Williams called for his 4th foul. Hardaway Jr. blatant push off. This is a call that may have changed the game. Syr 49 – Mich 53

11:21 – Michigan working the clock, Cuse finally foul. Michigan in the bonus. Syr 49 – Mich 53

11:22 – Hardaway Jr. good on both free throws. Syr 49 – Mich 55

11:23 – Carter-Williams offensive foul, his 5th. Finishes with 2 points 4 turnovers and 5 fouls. Certainly not indicative of his tournament. Mich miss FT. Syr 49 – Mich 55

11:24 – Triche fouled will shoot 2.

11:24 – Triche hits both. 1 minute left. Syr 51 – Mich 55

11:25 – Southerland fouls Burke. Michigan in double bonus.

11:25 – Burke hits both. Syr 51 – Mich 57

11:26 – Triche scores with a drive and draws a foul chance for a 3 point play.

11:27 – Misses FT, Syracuse fouls McGary. Syr 53 – Mich 57

11:27 – McGary misses first, timeout Orange.

11:28 – McGary misses second, lane violation called on Keita. He will get to shoot it over. A lot of mistakes down the stretch.

11:29 – McGary misses again. Southerland 3. 1 point game.

11:30 – Michigan nearly turn it over. Burke fouled shooting 2. Misses first. Syr 56 – Mich 57

11:30 – Burke hits second.

11:31 – Triche called for a charge. He’s fouled out. Syr 56 – Mich 58

11:32 – Really tough call against goes against Triche. Syracuse foul. Albrecht shooting 2.

11:32 – Misses first, Cuse still alive.

11:33 – Makes second. 3 point game.

11:33 – Timeout Syracuse. Cuse ball. 15.7 seconds left. Southerland time? Syr 56 – Mich 59

11:35 – Cooney drives takes a wild shot, Michigan dunk at the other end. Game over. Final score Michigan 61 – Syracuse 56.

11:37 – Cooney took the inbounds pass drove across half court, down the lane, and put up a desperate shot. Not even a look at a 3 point shot, trailing by 3 in the final seconds. Coming out of a timeout you would want more from that possession.

Unfortunate end to a great game and season for Syracuse. Great comeback, just fell short in the end.

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