DURHAM, N.C. – Five Syracuse players scored double-digits Monday night as Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 ACC) stunned No. 1 Duke (14-2, 3-1 ACC) in a 95-91 overtime victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The victory is the first for the Orange over a No. 1 ranked opponent since Jan. 19, 2013 when the Orange defeated Louisville 70-68, and the first on the road since Feb. 2, 1999 against UConn.

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.


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.


"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 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.


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.


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.


  • Monday marked Syracuse's first win against Duke in Durham since Jan. 18, 2016 and makes 'Cuse 3-2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win is also Syracuse's second victory at Duke in three years.
  • The Orange shot a stunning 7-of-10 from three-point range in the first half before finishing the night 11-of-25 from beyond the arc.
  • Chukwu's career-night helped the Orange win the battle of the boards, 51-48.
  • Syracuse's 35 field goals are the most since its 37 against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 19, 2016.
  • The win snaps Duke's two-game win streak in the all-time series and narrows the Blue Devil's lead in the series to 7-6.
  • Syracuse is now 5-7 all-time against AP No. 1 Ranked Opponents
  • The team's 95 points are the most since Feb. 2, 2017 when Syracuse defeated NC State 100-93 in overtime.
  • A 15-of-31 first half shooting performance gave the Orange 48 points, the most in a first half since Dec. 19, 2016. Syracuse scored 52 in the first half against Eastern Michigan.
  • Battle had a career-high 12 field goals and 28 field goal attempts.
  • Syracuse is the only team to score 90+ points against Duke this season. The last time the Blue Devils allowed more than 95 points was over a year ago (Jan. 6, 2018) in a 96-85 loss against NC State.
  • Howard had a season-best night with his 16 points and six rebounds. He also set new season highs in field goals made (seven) and field goals attempted (13).
  • Duke dominated the points in the paint with a 16-4 advantage over Syracuse. The Blue Devils also topped the Orange with 12 points off of 'Cuse's 15 turnovers.

    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.