by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
No. 3 Syracuse outlasted West Virginia, 63-61, on Saturday but a controversial no-call in the game’s waning seconds had Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins steaming after the game.
Trailing 63-61, West Virginia’s Deniz Kilicli went up for a layup to tie the game. Syracuse’s Baye Keita swatted the ball away after it had hit the backboard, an apparent goaltending call, but there was no whistle. Afterwards West Virginia had one last shot, but Kevin Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Huggins was irate on the sideline after the missed call, and he voiced his displeasure after the game.
“I just saw it,’’ Huggins said at his press conference after the game. “I just went in and watched it. There’s not any doubt.’’
As for the rest of the game, junior guard Brandon Triche had his best Big East game of the season for the Orange. Triche had 18 points in 24 minutes to lead his team.