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No. 2 Syracuse beats No. 17 Duke 91 - 89

Syracuse Downs Duke In OT Thriller

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.

Coach K said before the game that he hoped the highly anticipated matchup lived up to its billing. After the Orange withstood a tying 3-pointer in regulation and won before a Carrier Dome record crowd of 35,446, Boeheim said it certainly did, and then some.

"We've had a lot of games that have been here that are great. There's never been one as good as this one," Boeheim said.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. The Orange remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.

Syracuse students camped out in the cold and were part of a crowd that was charged up from the start for the first ACC meeting between these longtime powers.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3). The Blue Devils, who had won five in a row, get their chance to avenge the loss in three weeks when the teams meet again at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

From the moment Boeheim and Krzyzewski walked onto Jim Boeheim Court to a deafening roar and hugged at midcourt surrounded by a sea of orange, the atmosphere was electric. Singing and acting star Vanessa Williams, a Syracuse alum and former Miss America, performed the national anthem.

The game was chock full of story lines, well before the tipoff.

Two Hall of Fame coaches and good friends with a combined 1,914 wins who had only met twice before on opposing benches, each winning once. Boeheim's signature 2-3 zone defense vs. Krzyzewski's intense man-to-man.

Fair, Syracuse's leading scorer, vs. Andre Dawkins, a fifth-year senior who leads the ACC in 3-point shooting. Parker vs. Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, two of the most accomplished freshmen in the country.

The game was tied at 78 after regulation, and there were two more ties in the extra session. Grant had three straight slams for the Orange, while Dawkins hit a follow and a 3 from the top of the key as Duke took a three-point lead with 1:20 left.

Two free throws by Ennis moved the Orange within one and two more by Grant gave the Orange an 88-87 lead with 39 seconds left.

Duke's Rodney Hood missed a dunk attempt against Rakeem Christmas with 12.2 seconds remaining - Hood wanted a foul but nothing was called. Two more free throws by Ennis as Amile Jefferson fouled out made it 90-87.

Sulaimon sank a pair of free throws for Duke to make it a one-point game with 9.4 seconds left, but Fair was fouled and converted one of two from the line with 5.5 seconds to go.

Duke scrambled to get off a last shot and Quinn Cook missed a rushed fling from the right wing at the buzzer as Syracuse escaped.

Grant had 12 rebounds. Trevor Cooney and Ennis each scored 14 points for the Orange.

Ennis had nine assists with two turnovers in a game in which both teams committed just eight.

Sulaimon finished with 16 points. Jefferson, Dawkins, and Hood finished with 14 points for Duke.

Syracuse led 38-35 at the break and Fair continued the play that made him the preseason pick for ACC player of the year. He swished a pull-up 3 from the top of the key to get going early in the second half as the Orange maintained its slim lead.

Every time Syracuse threatened to go on a run, Duke answered. When Grant's lay-in gave the Orange a 51-47 lead, Sulaimon countered with a 3. And when Cooney followed with his second 3 of the game, Hood hit his third 3.

Parker's three-point play at 11:05 gave Duke a 56-54 lead, its first since just past the midpoint of the opening half. But just when he seemed set to spark the Blue Devils, Parker picked up two quick fouls to give him four and Dawkins was whistled for his fourth just over a minute later.

Fair responded by scoring eight points and Cooney hit from the wing as the Orange went up 66-59 with 6:37 left. Undaunted, Tyler Thornton rescued Duke with three 3-pointers in less than two minutes and Parker's basket underneath tied it at 70-all with 3:53 to play.

Sulaimon hit two 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation. He even got a chance at a four-point play, but missed the foul shot with 47.6 seconds left.

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Ron or Carol February 02 2014 at 3:57 PM

Down here in NC, it will be our turn in two weeks. Regardless, now that Syracuse is in the ACC, these two schools and coaches will bring us a lot of excitement in the years ahead. Great start.

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belldn3 February 02 2014 at 2:47 PM

WHAT!?

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geldonski February 02 2014 at 2:20 PM

Two big time programs with two of the biggest frauds for head coaches in the country. Dig deep enough into their closets and you will find the skeletons. The only reason they never get caught is because they are cash cows for the NCAA and the TV networks. The powers that be will always look the other way when it comes to cheating with high profile programs like these two because of the high TV ratings they bring in.
People use to say that Joe Paterno and Penn St were always above scrutiny for dirty dealings; and, look what disgusting things were going on behind the scenes in that program. So don't think for a minute that Syracuse and Duke are squeaky clean.

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M.A.P February 02 2014 at 1:59 PM

Not being a Duke or Syracuse fan, all in all a great game. Might be the best game of the year. As others have stated the refs should not effect the outcome of the game. Duke had 25 fouls called while Syracuse had 15. The foul that was called on Parker wasn't a foul. It was a great acting by the Syracuse player. Almost commical the way he acted it out. Parkers elbow never went above the armpit and never contacted the player. Then the know call on Hoods attempted dunk were he got clearly hacked. But in retrospect, you have to make fouls shots and Duke didn't make them when they had the chance. All in all players from both teams played there hearts out for 2 great coaches and there respective teams. Duke is way better than the 17th rank that they have in the poles and Syracuse is legit. Both teams will be a tough out in the NCAA tournament

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leefstrong February 02 2014 at 1:52 PM

Arizona lost. SU will be the new #1.

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nadiz6 February 02 2014 at 1:48 PM

Duke lost twice this year to Syracuse,good job Syracuse

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paintcharmer February 02 2014 at 1:25 PM

Duke has a fifth year senior, how old are these guy's?

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spinksterd1 February 02 2014 at 1:18 PM

one GREAT GAME, two GREAT TEAMS, BEST game I've seen ever. Thanks SU, you take the winter blues and make them more desirable

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jrc22552 February 02 2014 at 1:02 PM

After watching the game, one has to give Duke a lot of credit for staying in the game after their two big men were rendered ineffective with fouls. That said, without Duke's 3-pointers the game wouldn't have been close. It's doubtful that they can rely on a repeat of that level of 3-point goals on a consistent basis against a ranked team.

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swimlarry February 02 2014 at 12:04 PM

Refs decided the game. Duke will get the majority of calls at home and they will defeat Cuse in 2 weeks. By the way, I am not a fan of either team. Sorry, Refs are deciders of too many basketball games.

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mikedievend February 02 2014 at 2:28 PM

How the hell can you say refs decided the game? It went both ways as it usually does. If Duke would have made more of thier shots then maybe they would have won the game. If you didn't see it a Duke player tackled an SU player at the end of overtime and they didn't call an intentional fould which it clearly was. With that being said SU won fair and square period...

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