Syracuse Wins in 6 Overtimes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It took almost four hours and six overtimes for Syracuse to cap a day of tournament upsets in men's college basketball.

The 18th-ranked Orange have reached the Big East semifinals by beating No. 3 Connecticut 127-117 in the second-longest Division I game ever played. The Orange didn't have a lead in OT until Andy Rautins canned a three-pointer 10 seconds into the sixth extra period.

Syracuse almost pulled out the victory when Eric Devendorf hit a long jumper. But the basket was waved off after officials determine Devendorf still had the basketball on his fingertips as time expired.

Johnny Flynn had 34 points and 11 assists while playing 67 minutes to lead Syracuse. Paul Harris added 29 points and 22 rebounds to the marathon victory.

Like Connecticut, the Pittsburgh Panthers' bid for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been weakened.


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