SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Coach K said he hoped this game would live up to its billing. It did, and then some.
Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim’s second-ranked Syracuse squad stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski’s No. 17 Duke team 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I men’s history.
The Orange withstood a tying three-pointer in regulation and won before a Carrier Dome record crowd of 35,446.
“It was just a great game,” Boeheim said after career victory No. 941. “I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a better game in here where both teams played at such a high level. Both teams just went after it. We’ve had a lot of games that have been here that are great.
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“There’s never been one as good as this one.”
C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0 overall, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive victories to start a season. The Orange is one of two undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 4 Wichita State.
“I knew for us to win I would have to contribute offensively,” said Fair, who shot 12 of 20. “I was able to not force things once I got going. I felt I was the hot hand and my teammates kept giving me the ball.”
Grant took over in the extra period, slamming home three dunks as Duke was forced to downsize after Jabari Parker and Amile Jefferson fouled out in the final two minutes of regulation.
“They were playing small. We knew we had a lot of mismatches around the court,” Grant said. “After I got the first dunk, they just kept feeding me.”
Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance three-pointer that tied the score at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.
“Both teams played with so much heart,” said Krzyzewski, who has 974 career victories. “We were scrambling a lot because of our foul trouble and our kids scrambled well. They scrambled well enough to put us in a position to win … Just a tough loss.”
Some Syracuse students camped out in the bitter cold for nearly two weeks and were part of a crowd that was charged up from the start for the first ACC meeting between these longtime powers. It was Duke’s first game against the Orange at the Carrier Dome.
Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds for Duke (17-5, 6-3).
The Blue Devils, who had won five in a row, get their chance to avenge the loss Feb. 22 when the teams meet again at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Other Top 10 men
At No. 3 Florida 69, Texas A&M 36
Michael Frazier II scored 21 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 and the Gators (19-2, 8-0 Southeastern) overwhelmed the Aggies (12-9, 3-5).
Florida pushed its winning streak to 13 games and extended a school record for consecutive home victories to 27.
The Gators tied the fewest points they have allowed in SEC play since 1950, matching last year’s defensive effort against South Carolina.
At No. 4 Wichita St. 81, Evansville 67
Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker had 14 points apiece, and the Shockers (23-0, 10-0 Missouri Valley) rallied from 15 points down in the first half to defeat the Purple Aces (10-13, 3-7).
D.J. Balentine scored 26 points for Evansville.
At No. 5 San Diego St. 65, Colorado St. 56
Coach Steve Fisher earned his 300th victory at San Diego State behind 24 points from Xavier Thames. The Aztecs (19-1, 8-0 Mountain West) won their 18th straight game and are 8-0 in conference play for the first time in the program’s 93-year history.
At No. 25 Texas 81, No. 6 Kansas 69
Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points, Jonathan Holmes had 22 and the Longhorns (17-4, 6-2 Big 12) beat the Jayhawks (16-5, 7-1) for their sixth straight victory. Texas has four consecutive victories over Top 25 opponents.
Wayne Selden Jr. scored 21 points for Kansas.
Georgetown 64, No. 7 Michigan St. 60
Markel Starks scored 16 points as the Hoyas (12-9) beat the Spartans (19-3) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Georgetown ended a five-game losing streak.
Gary Harris scored 20 points for Michigan State, which played without injured frontcourt players Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson.
Baylor 76, at No. 8 Okla. St. 70
Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points to help the Bears (14-7, 2-6 Big 12) upset the Cowboys (16-5, 4-4) and snap a five-game losing streak.
Markel Brown scored 24 points and Le’Bryan Nash had 19 points for Oklahoma State, which was favored by 11 points.
No. 9 Villanova 90, at Temple 74
James Bell scored 19 points as the Wildcats (19-2) beat the Owls (6-14) to improve to 4-0 in Big 5 (Philadelphia area) play and earned their 22nd Big 5 title.
At E. Washington 94, N. Colorado 90 (OT)
Tyler Harvey scored a career-high 38 points as the Eagles (9-12, 4-6 Big Sky) edged the Bears (13-6, 7-3). Harvey tied the school record with 10 three-pointers, on 15 attempts.
Drew Brandon had 15 points and a career-high 12 assists for Eastern Washington, which recorded a season-best 10 blocked shots.
“Our guys stepped up and took victory out of the jaws of defeat instead of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory,” Eastern coach Jim Hayford said. “That is something we need to keep learning, so today was an important step for our program.”
Top 5 women
No. 1 UConn 86, at Cincinnati 29
Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points as the Huskies (23-0, 10-0 American Athletic) routed the Bearcats (9-12, 2-8).