Duke Beats Syracuse; No.1 Orange Now Riding A Losing Streak
They're 2 for 2 in the ACC in terms of classic, memorable games.
But, unlike their first meeting at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse fans will remember this one for all the wrong reasons.
C.J. Fair's potential game tying drive to the hoop and score (photo below) with just 10 second remaining was waived off and ruled a charge, sending No.5 Duke to a 66-60 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium and dealing top ranked Syracuse its second straight loss - the first No.1 seed to loose back to back games since 2010.
The controversial call on Fair was so questionable it sent Jim Boeheim into a rarely seen fit that had him jumping on the court and waiving his arms, while yelling B*****it! in the face of the official who made the call. Needless to say he was assessed a technical foul and immediately ejected.
After the game, Boeheim said it was the worst call of the year and joked that he just wanted to get out there on the floor to see if he still 'had it'. He also said he was glad he didn't injure himself.
Cuse (25-2, 12-2 ACC), now riding a losing streak after opening up 25-0, was led by 17 points from Jerami Grant and a dozen more from Fair. Trevor Cooney was on the court, but nearly silent in the scorer's sheet - shooting 1 of 5 from the floor and 0 of 3 from 3-point range - finishing with just four points.
Jabari Parker led the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 ACC) with 19 points and ten rebounds, followed by 13 points from Rodney Hood.
Rasheed Sulaimon had eight points and a game high seven assists.
Syracuse was able to win the battle on the glass, 37-34, including 16 offensive boards, but Duke shot an impressive 48% for the game, and 7 of 21 from 3-point range.