Syracuse edged by Florida State in a Double Overtime Thriller
Syracuse suffered a heartbreaking loss, 101-90, in double overtime against #23 Florida State on Saturday.
With the Seminoles holding onto a five-point lead with 1:19 remaining in regulation, a Tyus Battle layup ignited the comeback effort. Howard Washington drained two free throws to cut the deficit to one. Florida State responded with a three-pointer by Phil Cofer with 28 seconds left. Oshae Brissett nailed two free throws to trim the Florida State lead to two with 20 seconds to go. CJ Walker made one-of-two free throws with 16 seconds on the clock to give Syracuse a chance to send the game to overtime. Battle would do just that. The sophomore guard drilled a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime with 6.4 ticks left.
Syracuse opened up a 78-74 lead to open the first overtime period, but Florida State would come back to tie it at 80. Battle connected on a jumper with 48 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but Trent Forrest matched him with a jumper of his own to tie the game at 82 with 25 seconds left. Brissett missed a three at the end of the first overtime, sending the game to double OT.
The Seminoles used an 11-2 run to open the second overtime period to distance themselves from the Orange for good. Syracuse would never get closer than seven, and lost 101-90.
Syracuse ran out of gas in the second overtime period after Frank Howard, Matthew Moyer, and Paschal Chukwu all fouled out. Florida State made it through the entire game without having a player disqualified.
Braian Angola scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists, while Christ Koumadje scored 23 points, corralled 8 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots in the win.
Syracuse was led by Battle who scored a career-high 37 points on 11-of-27 shooting. Brissett finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Howard poured in 13 points and distributed 5 assists. Chukwu recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Moyer added 7 points and 10 rebounds. Washington provided good minutes off the bench filling in for Howard, who fouled out prior to the final media timeout in regulation. The freshman point guard tallied 9 points in the losing effort.
Jim Boeheim commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “We got our offense going and gave ourselves an opportunity,” Boeheim said. “We needed one more stop. It was a great game. Great effort by both teams.”
With the loss, Syracuse fell to 12-6 overall, 1-4 in the ACC, while Florida State improved to 13-4 on the season, 2-3 in conference play.
Syracuse returns to action on Tuesday, January 16 at 9pm when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Carrier Dome. Pittsburgh enters the game 8-10 overall, 0-5 in the ACC, and are coming off a 69-54 loss to Georgia Tech at home. The Panthers are led by Jared Wilson-Frame who averages 12.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. The Orange split last year’s season series with the Panthers. Syracuse won 77-66 at the Carrier Dome, while Pittsburgh defended their home court and won 80-75 at the Petersen Events Center.