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Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  5 responses

No. 2 Syracuse Survives UConn Upset Bid

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

After 13 straight postseason wins for UConn, the Huskies finally lost at the hands of No. 2 Syracuse, 58-55. The win advances the Orange to the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

After hitting halftime down three, UConn came out strong after the break and built a lead as large as eight points. While senior starters Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph struggled for the Orange, it was the unheralded James Southerland who stepped up late. The junior forward score all 10 of his points in the final eight minutes. Sophomore guard Dion Waiters also added 18 points for the Orange as the Syracuse bench outscored its starters by two points.

For the Huskies, it was a game they felt they should have won.

From the Danbury News Times:

“We were up, we acted like we had won the game,” said UConn point guard Shabazz Napier. “We should have played better on offense and dug down deeper on defense. We let up — pretty bad.”

The win was the 31st of the year for Syracuse. It will now play Cincinnati in the Big East semifinals. The Bearcats beat No. 13 Georgetown, 72-70, in double overtime.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    uconn needed that one

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Syracuse Orange are 31-1 right now today. Very impressive indeed. “Our” only loss was without Fab Melo. Syracuse has the next Dwyane Wade in Dion Waiters, and he’s coming off the bench as the 6th man. This is by far the deepest team in the country. Somebody always steps up. Nobody cares about their stats. Unselfish play and winning by the Orange is what I see on a regular basis. This is the Orange quest for another championship in New Orleans baby. 31 wins down, and only 8 more to go. Big East Regular Season Champs, Big East Tournemant Champs, and NCAA Tournemant Champs. Jim Boeheim leads Syracuse to another championship in New Orleans. 39-1. I’m starting to tingle right now just typing that.

  • ripslam

    Go ‘Cuse!

  • abelabes

    Uconn needed it for what? They clearly showed they’re tourney worthy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^they had a terrible regular season, they will probably end up with a low seed

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