Posted Wednesday, February 19th 2014 @ 9pm
Syracuse suffers the biggest upset of the college basketball season with a 62-59 overtime loss tonight at the Carrier Dome against Boston College.
After yet another sluggish start, the Orange appear to pull away with a 12-0 run across the last couple minutes of the first half and the start of the second to establish a 30-17 lead. But the Eagles don’t go away, using 7 3-pointers in the second half to battle back and force overtime at 50 points apiece.
BC stays hot in the overtime period as well, knocking down 2 more 3s and taking a 56-52 lead, and Lonnie Jackson goes 4-4 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds to clinch the monumental win. Boston College avoids their 20th loss of the season, improving to 7-19 overall and 3-10 in the conference. SU suffers its first loss of the year, falling to 25-1 overall and 12-1 in the ACC. They’re now half a game behind new ACC-leader Virginia, who is 13-1 following a win over Virginia Tech last night.
Olivier Hanlan leads the Eagle charge with 20 points, but four other players score at least 9, and as a team Boston College shoots 50 percent (11-22) from beyond the arc. C.J. Fair leads the Orange with 20 points of his own, but needs 23 shots to do so. Jerami Grant chips in with 11, and Tyler Ennis finishes with 14 points and 6 assists. Syracuse shoots a dismal 32 percent from the field and misses 7 free throws.
Syracuse now travels to Cameron Indoor Saturday night at 7 for what still promises to be the game of the year against Duke. The Blue Devils have one more test of their own, against hated rival North Carolina tomorrow, before turning their attention to the Orange. Certainly some of the luster has come off that Saturday showdown, but it’ll still be a match-up of top 5 teams and Final Four favorites.