Tyus Battle was dominant with a team-best 32 points on a 12-of-28 shooting performance. His 32 points are the most ever by an Orange player against Duke. Elijah Hughes contributed 20 points for the third time this season and his 10th consecutive double-digit scoring game. Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu came up big for the Orange with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Chukwu posted a career-high 18 rebounds, the most by an individual in the ACC this season. Oshae Brissett rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Duke was led by Zion Williamson's career-high 35 points, the most by a Duke freshman in a single-game. Williamson paired his record shooting performance with 10 rebounds for a double-double.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Williamson went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to end regulation, leaving the game tied at 85-85. The Orange controlled the overtime period with a 4-of-8 (50 percent) shooting performance in the five minute stretch. Down 87-88, Battle and Howard connected for back-to-back baskets and a 91-88 lead. Chukwu sunk a pair of free throws, giving Syracuse a five-point, 93-88, lead – its largest of the night. Duke quickly answered with a three-pointer, but a dunk from Chukwu with less than a minute remaining sealed the deal as the Blue Devils came up empty on their last three shots of the night.
COACH BOEHEIM SAID
"The difference was Frank and Paschal. Obviously Tyus had a good game, but the difference is those two guys. This is a tough place to play. It was a great effort and we were coming off a game where we couldn't shoot anything. Obviously, you get discouraged when you lose a game like that at home and then you come back Monday and play here and you get that kind of start...I'm very proud of how they were able to bounce back in this game."
SYRACUSE FIGHTS TOOTH AND NAIL IN SECOND HALF
Syracuse opened the half 5-of-6 holding within one, 59-60. Duke took a 7-0 run for what would look to be the turn of the game as they went up 67-59. The Orange fought back with an 8-2 run to close the deficit to two, 72-70. The Blue Devils continued to hold a narrow advantage, until Chukwu had back-to-back offensive rebounds sinking both second chance point opportunities. With the Orange up 81-80, both teams entered a back-and-forth fight. Williamson went to the line for Duke with the potential to take the lead for the Blue Devils, but went 1-of-2 leaving the game tied at 85.
DUKE RUNS EARLY
The Blue Devils came out as advertised to open the first half with a dominant 12-0 lead over the Orange. After Williamson kicked off Duke's scoring with a dunk, the Blue Devils took advantage of four Syracuse turnovers and the Orange's 0-of-5 shooting performance. RJ Barrett slammed down Duke's second dunk in the first three minutes of the game before giving the Blue Devils their largest lead, 14-2, with a layup.
THE ORANGE FINDS THEIR STRIDE
A 12-2 run was all the Orange needed to put themselves back in the middle of the action and cut Duke's lead to just one, 18-17. Nine of Syracuse's 12 points came from Battle who shot 5-of-6 in the two-minute stretch. Five free throws pushed Duke out to a 23-17 lead but back-to-back dunks from Hughes and Battle erased it putting the Orange down two, 24-26.
After battling back and forth, Syracuse finally took its first lead of the night on a pair of free throws by Battle. The Orange would later use a three-pointer from Hughes to take a three-point, 42-39, lead – its largest of the half. Syracuse held Duke scoreless for the final minute of the half, and a full court shot by Hughes at the buzzer put the Orange down just one, 48-49.
The Orange were 7-of-10 from three-point range in the first half compared to Duke's 2-of-14. Hughes contributed 4-of-5 from beyond the arc while Brissett, Battle and Buddy Boeheim also each knocked one down.
Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome Saturday, Jan. 19 when the Orange host Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on RSN Networks. Tickets can be purchased online at Cuse.com/tickets, by phone at 1-888-DOMETIX or in person at Gate B at the Carrier Dome.