Boston College stuns top-ranked Syracuse
Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann hit three-pointers in overtime, Lonnie Jackson made four straight free throws in the final 26.2 seconds, and lowly Boston College stunned top-ranked Syracuse 62-59 on Wednesday night, ending the Orange’s unbeaten season.
The Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann hit three-pointers in overtime, Lonnie Jackson made four straight free throws in the final 26.2 seconds, and lowly Boston College stunned top-ranked Syracuse 62-59 on Wednesday night, ending the Orange’s unbeaten season.
“It was an emotional game for us,” BC coach Steve Donahue said after his first Carrier Dome win in eight tries against the Orange. “It’s been incredible for these guys to persevere. We’ve played well in a lot of games.”
The Eagles came to town with heavy hearts and a good dose of determination. Longtime basketball media contact and sports information assistant Dick Kelley died last week after a two-year battle with ALS. His funeral was Tuesday and the Eagles, who often visited his apartment, were wearing “DK” patches on their uniforms.
Boston College (7-19, 3-10 Atlantic Coast), which had lost five straight, rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pull off the improbable upset.
The Eagles, whose only conference wins this season were over Virginia Tech, beat a No. 1 team for the third time and first since knocking off North Carolina in 2009.
Syracuse (25-1, 12-1), which had won its past two games by a combined three points, shot a season-low 32.2 percent from the field, including going 2 of 12 from three-point range, its sputtering offense unable to pull off another miracle finish.
“When you get in enough of these games, there’s going to be one you’re not going to make a play. That’s what happens,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.
“I’m really happy that we’ve won 25 games,” he added. “ ... It’s been an unbelievable run. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Top 10 men
At No. 2 Florida 71, Auburn 65
Patric Young made two free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn (12-12, 4-9 Southeastern) threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping Florida (24-2, 13-0) secure the win. The victory was Florida’s school-record 18th in a row.
No. 3 Wichita State 88, at Loyola of Chicago 74
Fred VanVleet scored 22 points on perfect shooting and Wichita State beat Loyola of Chicago (9-18, 4-11) to become the only unbeaten team in major college basketball. The Shockers (28-0, 15-0) can clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title with a victory at home against Drake on Saturday night.
No. 7 Cincinnati 77, at Central Florida 49
Sean Kilpatrick hit six three-pointers and scored 23 points to help Cincinnati (24-3, 13-1 American Athletic) dominate Central Florida (10-14, 2-11).
No. 10 Saint Louis 89, at Geo. Mason 85 (OT)
Jordair Jett scored 24 of his 25 points after halftime, Rob Loe hit two key three-pointers in overtime and St. Louis (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic-10) beat George Mason (9-17, 2-10) for its 18th straight win.
Top 5 women
At No. 1 Connecticut 83, Central Florida 35
Breanna Stewart scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead Connecticut (27-0, 14-0 American Athletic) to its 33rd straight win, a rout of UCF (10-16, 3-12).
At No. 3 Louisville 81, Houston 62
Sara Hammond scored 17 points and Shoni Schimmel added 15 to top 2,000 for her career and help Louisville (26-2, 14-1 American Athletic) improve to 16-0 at home with a win over Houston (5-21, 1-14).