Boston College players celebrate their win over Syracuse. (Kevin Rivoli / Associated Press)
Syracuse, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim shrugged. It was nice while it lasted.
“It’s been an unbelievable run of making unbelievable plays in the last six or seven minutes of games,” Boeheim said Wednesday night after No. 1 Syracuse lost 62-59 in overtime to Boston College, ending the Orange’s run at an unbeaten season. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. We’ve had a lot of good teams, but I don’t think we’ve had any teams that would’ve won all these games the way this team has. It’s remarkable what they’ve done.”
Syracuse’s 25-game winning streak came to a screeching halt when the Eagles found their range from behind the arc. Held to 2-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers in the opening half, BC drained 9 of 14 in the final 25 minutes to pull off the stunning upset and leave No. 3 Wichita State (28-0) as the lone unbeaten in Division I.
“I’m not disappointed (in the streak ending),” freshman guard Tyler Ennis said after his first college loss. “It’s nice to win all these games, but it’s pretty unrealistic to think you’re going to go undefeated in the ACC.”
Syracuse (25-1, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won 58-56 at Pittsburgh a week ago on Ennis’ 40-footer at the buzzer and 56-55 over North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night with a late steal as the Orange had walked a tightrope much of the season.
Both teams had chances to win it in regulation and faltered. BC was called for two shot-clock violations in the final 4:30 and Rakeem Christmas missed a short hook in the lane with a second left and the game tied at 50.
“I think it should’ve been won,” said C.J. Fair, who struggled to score 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting, taking and missing only one shot from behind the arc. “I still think this team is special. We can still accomplish something special.”
Fair had 11 rebounds, Ennis had 14 points and six assists, and Jerami Grant finished with 11 points.
Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann hit 3-pointers in overtime and Lonnie Jackson made four straight free throws in the final 26.2 seconds to secure the victory.
“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.”
Boston College (7-19, 3-10), which had lost five straight, rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pull off the improbable upset.
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(At) No. 2 Florida 71, Auburn 65: Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play. The victory was Florida’s school-record 18th in a row and it kept the Gators (24-2, 13-0) perfect in SEC play. Young led the Gators with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Auburn (12-12, 4-9) with 17 points.
No. 3 Wichita State 88, (at) Loyola of Chicago 74: Fred VanVleet scored 22 points on perfect shooting and Wichita State remained the only unbeaten team in major college basketball. Cleanthony Early scored 18 points as Wichita State became the 19th school to begin a season with 28 straight victories. The Shockers (28-0, 15-0) can clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title with a victory at home against Drake on Saturday night.
No. 4 Arizona 67, (at) Utah 63, OT: Gabe York and Nick Johnson each scored 15 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 13 and No. 4 Arizona escaped in overtime. The Wildcats (24-2, 11-2 Pac-12) beat Utah for the ninth straight time since a loss in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
No. 7 Cincinnati 77, (at) UCF 49: Sean Kilpatrick hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points to help Cincinnati dominate. The Bearcats (24-3, 13-1 American Athletic) have won 17 of 18 going into their conference showdown with No. 11 Louisville on Saturday.
No. 10 Saint Louis 89, (at) George Mason 85, OT: Jordair Jett scored 24 of his 25 points after halftime, Rob Loe hit two key 3-pointers in overtime as St. Louis won its 18th straight. The Billikens (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic-10), playing as a top 10 team for the first time since Dec. 29, 1964, extended their school-record winning streak.
No. 11 Creighton 85, (at) Marquette 70: Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and Ethan Wragge added 22 for Creighton. McDermott, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 25.9 points per game, scored seven points to trigger a deciding 10-2 run after Marquette had pulled within 64-59. McDermott’s jumper from the free throw line put the Bluejays (22-4, 12-2 Big East) up 74-61 with 4:39 left.
No. 23 UCLA 86, (at) California 66: Jordan Adams scored 28 points and the Bruins returned to the national rankings with an impressive victory. Kyle Anderson had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Bruins (21-5, 10-3), who won their fourth straight game and seventh in eight.
(At) Central Michigan 101, Ball State 95 (3OT): Braylon Rayson scored a career-high 30 points, including the first 11 for the Chippewas in the third overtime. Chris Fowler added 18 points and 12 assists and Austin Stewart had 17 points and 10 rebounds for CMU (9-16, 2-11 Mid-American). Chris Bond scored 21 for the Cardinals (4-20, 1-12) with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Western Michigan 73, (at) Ohio 63: David Brown scored 23 points and Connar Tava added 18 for the Broncos (17-8, 10-3 MAC), who forced 17 turnovers in their sixth straight win but first in Athens since Jan. 22, 2000. Nick Kellogg had 20 points for Ohio (18-8, 8-5).
Michigan 70, (at) Indiana 58: Shannon Smith led four Wolverines in double figures with 23 points, and Michigan (17-10, 8-6 Big Ten) outscored Indiana (17-9, 4-9), 44-26, in the second half inside Assembly Hall, where the men’s game was postponed Tuesday because of a metal plate falling into the seats.
Siera Thompson scored 14, Nicole Elmblad had 12 points and eight rebounds and Cyesha Goree chipped in with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Michigan (17-10, 8-6 Big Ten). Tabitha Gerardot scored 22 for Indiana (17-9, 4-9).
(At) Bowling Green 67, Central Michigan 55: Niki DiGuilio scored 15 and Crystal Bradford had 14 points and 14 rebounds, but the Chippewas (16-9, 12-1 Mid-American) suffered their first conference loss. Jillian Halfhill scored 18 for Bowling Green (22-3, 12-1), which went on a 26-9 run in the second half to pull into a first-place tie.
Toledo 80, (at) Eastern Michigan 73: Ima Zanoguera scored 24 for Toledo (13-11, 8-5 MAC), which jumped to a quick lead and went up 10 points early in the second half. Cha Sweeney and Natachia Watkins scored 18 apiece for the Eagles (14-10, 4-9).
(At) Western Michigan 71, Ohio 64: Marquisha Harris came off the bench to lead three Broncos (10-14, 6-7) in double figures with 20 points.