Blog: Syracuse fends off Duke in OT, 91-89

Posted February 1, 2014

Duke's Quinn Cook during the Blue Devils' game versus Florida State on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Durham, NC.  Duke beat the Seminoles 78-56.  (Photo by Jack Morton)

FINAL: Syracuse 91, Duke 89: Rasheed Sulaimon hit a three as time expired in regulation to force overtime Saturday, but Syracuse fended off Duke in the extra frame, 91-89, at the Carrier Dome in front of the largest crowd to ever watch an on-campus college basketball game.

Duke had five players in double figures and CJ Fair led all scorers with 28 points.

End of Regulation: Duke 78, Syracuse 78: Rasheed Sulaimon hit a three as time expired to tie the game at 78, sending things to overtime at the Carrier Dome.

For Duke, both Parker and Jefferson have fouled out. Syracuse's CJ Fair leads all scorers with 27.

4:22 2nd: Syracuse 70, Duke 68: Tyler Thornton is helping to keep Duke in the game with three three's and it is a two point at the under-8 timeout which comes at 4:22.

Duke is running into foul trouble as Parker and Dawkins also have four, joining Jefferson.

CJ Fair has started taking over for Syracuse and now has 24 points.

11:27 2nd: Syracuse 54, Duke 53: Amile Jefferson, Duke's best player on the court all night, just picked up his fourth personal foul as the game moves to the under-12 timeout.

Meanwhile, Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood have joined Jefferson in double figures while the Blue Devils continue to play strong on the offensive glass.

15:32 2nd: Syracuse 47, Duke 43: Amile Jefferson's scorching-hot night continues as he has a game-high 14 points and six offensive rebounds, but Syracuse continues to lead by four early in the second half.

Syracuse is currently shooting 59.3 percent from the floor.

HALF: Syracuse 38, Duke 35: Syracuse is shooting 54 percent from the floor in the first half and is 11-for-11 from the free throw line, but Duke has made six three-pointers to stay close and it is a three point game at break.

Amile Jefferson leads Duke with 9 points. Syracuse's CJ Fair leads all scorers with 11 points.

2:20 1st: Syracuse 32, Duke 28: Despite five made three pointers from Duke, Syracuse leads the Blue Devils by four at the final break of the first half.

The final media break comes with just over two minutes to play in the half as both Duke and Syracuse are playing a clean game with great flow. 

Syracuse has gained a 16-12 edge in rebounding but has six turnovers to Duke's five.

5:26: 1st: Syracuse 25, Duke 20: After an extended sequence ended in a five-point Syracuse run, Mike Krzyzewski was forced to call a timeout ahead of the media break. That run is now at 7-0.

The under-8 timeout comes as the clock falls below six minutes in large part to clean play on both sides. When we return, Syracuse will be at the line, up 5.

11:28 1st: Duke 13, Syracuse 10: Duke is exploiting the Syracuse zone with quality ball movement inside, is winning on the glass and has got three pointers from both Sulaimon and Dawkis as they have taken the lead midway through the first.

Tyler Ennis is leading Syracuse with six points. 

15:54 1st: Syracuse 6, Duke 5: The early pace is fast but Duke is shooting just 25 percent and has all five of their points from Amille Jefferson.

Duke is 2-for-8 from the floor and 0-for-3 from three-point range. They hold an early 5-3 edge in rebounds.

20:00 1st: Duke at Syracuse: Duke will start Cook, Hood, Thornton, Parker and Jefferson against Syracuse in was has been announced as the largest attendance ever at an on-campus college basketball game.


In front of what is expected to be a record-setting crowd, the second-ranked Syracuse Orange will put their perfect record on the line, as they play host to the 17th-ranked Duke Blue Devils in a marquee ACC matchup at the Carrier Dome on Saturday evening.

Jim Boeheim's Orange knocked off Wake Forest on the road this week to open the season 20-0, matching the school-record set by the 2011-12 squad. With the win, Syracuse moved to a flawless 7-0 in its first season in the ACC and extended Jim Boeheim's NCAA Division I record of 20-win campaigns to 36.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are certainly within striking distance of the Orange in the ACC standings, thanks to their current five-game win streak, Duke took on another new powerhouse to the league this week and looked impressive in an 80-65 win at Pittsburgh last time out. With the win, Duke moved to 17-4 overall and 6-2 in league play.

These two new conference foes have met just four prior times, with the series split 2-2. Duke won the most recent matchup, an 80-67 decision in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

The names have changed in Durham, but efficient play has not. The Blue Devils remain one of the most dangerous programs in the country, averaging 81.5 ppg and doing so on .472 shooting, including a sizzling .414 from behind the arc. The team is averaging 9.4 3-pointers per game, while allowing just 4.0. Freshman phenom Jabari Parker has definitely lived up to expectations. The 6- foot-9 youngster leads Duke in scoring (18.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg), ranking in the top-five in the ACC in both categories. Transfer Rodney Hood has made an immediate impact as well, ranking sixth in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg), thanks in large part to his sizzling .448 effort from long range. Point guard Quinn Cook is the perfect complement, with his ability to both score (12.4 ppg) and distribute (5.5 apg) at a high level.

The Blue Devils beat the Panthers at their own game, outrebounding the top rebounding team in the ACC, 37-32 and outshooting Pittsburgh .483 to .412. Duke once again utilized its long-range acumen, hitting 13-of-25 from behind the arc in the 15-point win. Parker was once again dominant, recording a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Dawkins was lethal from 3- point range, draining 6-of-7 shots en route to a 20-point effort off the bench. Amile Jefferson joined Parker with a double-double of his own (14 pts, 10 rebs) and Hood rounded things out with 13 points in the win.

Freshman Tyler Ennis netted 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, as the Orange remained unbeaten on the season with a 10-point win in Winston- Salem. Senior C.J. Fair finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Jerami Grant recorded his fourth double-double of the season, with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Syracuse didn't shoot the ball particularly well (.362), but offset that by holding a huge 55-35 advantage in rebounding.

Playing some of the nation's best defense, Syracuse is holding foes to a meager 57.8 ppg on just .408 shooting. The team also enjoys a +6.0 rebounding margin and an eye-popping +5.2 turnover margin, while ranking among the nation's top-10 in fewest turnovers (9.5 per game). Offensively, the Orange possess balance. Fair, the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring at 16.7 ppg. Trevor Cooney (13.2 ppg) is the team's resident sniper (57 3-pointers), while Ennis (12.3 ppg, 5.5 apg) runs the point. Grant (12.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg) has transitioned into a starting role and provides further depth.

Duke's up-tempo style and Syracuse's methodical defense will finally be on display on the same court. The result should be a highly entertaining game. Whichever team shows the ability to maximize what the other allows will win this game. In front of a huge crowd, expect that team to be the Orange.


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  • StunGunn Feb 2, 2014

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    I think we saw the preview to the ACCT last night - I expect to see a Duke/Cuse V3 in March.

  • StunGunn Feb 2, 2014

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    I've done that, but the radio and TV aren't in synch, and that's annoying as well. Dickie needs to retire and Doris, well she just needs to go away.

  • annettecaviness Feb 1, 2014

    What 5 teams? Do you have Carolina in that list because they are looking good lately.

  • chapel hill Feb 1, 2014

    ACC Tourney will be a tossup between about 5 teams

  • annettecaviness Feb 1, 2014

    It just proved to me Syracuse can go down at our house!

  • RDI Feb 1, 2014

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    Did duke play the Heels today? I see you`re still posting stupid comments.

  • 903 Hail Providence Feb 1, 2014

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    That's why UNC trolls are losing it right now. It used to be all about Duke vs UNC.... Now it's Duke vs Cuse and UNC is middle of the pack...

  • pingmanreturns Feb 1, 2014

    I watched Duke/Syracuse tonight and it made the State/Carolina game look like JV ball at the local high school. Pathetic!

  • 903 Hail Providence Feb 1, 2014

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    The zone is always vulnerable. They could run into a mid-major that depends on the 3 and end up getting knocked out well before the final four...

    The zone does protect their post players from foul trouble, and that's good since they appear to have very little depth overall, but especially down low.

  • Luv2Camp Feb 1, 2014

    HisBlueHeaven - this story is not about UNC and State. That said, I am surprised at your reading comprehension.




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