After suffering one of the most disappointing home conference losses in recent memory to Georgia Tech on Saturday, SU turned right around and produced one of the best regular-season wins of Jim Boeheim’s career.
The Orange defeated Duke 95-91 in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday night.
Tyus Battle scored 32 points to lead the charge with 20 of those points coming in the first half.
Duke was playing without Cam Reddish who missed the game with an illness. The Blue Devils then lost a second starter early in the first half when Trey Jones had to leave with a shoulder injury.
SU took advantage by rallying back from an early 12-0 deficit to go into halftime down only one, 49-48.
Elijah Hughes hit a three-quarter court shot at the buzzer to cut the deficit to one. Hughes finished with 20 points, including 18 in the first half alone.
Frank Howard was terrific after halftime. Howard had no points at intermission, but finished with 14 in the game.
Paschal Chukwu also made a big contributions. Chukwu finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. He also hit a couple of big free throws late in overtime to help seal the win.
Duke’s star freshman Zion Williamson dropped in 35 points to lead all scorers.
With the win, Syracuse improves to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. The Orange return to action at home against Pittsburgh on Saturday.