Syracuse's great undefeated run has finally come to an end, against the team you'd think least likely to lose too.
The Orange finally registered a mark in the losses column and it came against Boston College, one of the easier teams on their schedule.
The lowly Eagles took the former number one ranked side to overtime, and four Lonnie Jackson free throws in the final 26 seconds was enough to see BC claim a 62-59 win in an emotional game for the Boston side.
Longtime basketball media contact and sports information assistant Dick Kelley died last week after a two-year battle with ALS. In his honour the Eagles, who often visited his apartment, were wearing "DK" patches on their uniforms.
"It was an emotional game for us," BC coach Steve Donahue said after his first Carrier Dome victory in eight tries against the Orange. "It's been incredible for these guys to persevere. We've played well in a lot of games."
Boston College's record now stands at a still measly 7-19 and had lost five straight before last nights game.
The Eagles rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pull off the improbable upset. Point guard Oliver Hanlon led his side to victory with 20 points on 6-14 shooting and 3 assists, ably backed up by junior Ryan Anderson who collected an incredible 14 rebounds in total to go along with his nine points from 4-10.
Syracuse's star players couldn't step up when it counted like in so many previous games and it showed. CJ Fair finished with 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting and had 11 rebounds. Tyler Ennis had 14 points and six assists and Jerami Grant finished with 11 points.
In the dying moments of overtime, a free throw by Ennis gave the Orange a one-point lead, but Heckmann's backdoor layup put the Eagles back in front with 43.5 seconds left.
After a timeout, Ennis threw a pass toward C.J. Fair in the right corner that sailed out of bounds. After the officials initially ruled it was Syracuse's ball a video review with 32.5 seconds left re-affirmed the call. It didn't matter when Fair missed a drive and Jackson sealed the victory with his clutch free throws.
After the game, Anderson dedicated the win to Kelley and knew that he was watching down on them, "The patch on our chests, toward the end of the game it was like, 'We can't be denied. DK is looking down on us. He's got us,' " forward Anderson said.
"It's real emotional. It's really going to set in in a couple of hours."
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