Coach K said before the game that he hoped the highly anticipated matchup lived up to its billing. After the Orange withstood a tying 3-pointer in regulation and won before a Carrier Dome record crowd of 35,446, Boeheim said it certainly did, and then some.
"We've had a lot of games that have been here that are great. There's never been one as good as this one," Boeheim said.
C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. The Orange remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.
Syracuse students camped out in the cold and were part of a crowd that was charged up from the start for the first ACC meeting between these longtime powers.
Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.
Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3). The Blue Devils, who had won five in a row, get their chance to avenge the loss in three weeks when the teams meet again at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
From the moment Boeheim and Krzyzewski walked onto Jim Boeheim Court to a deafening roar and hugged at midcourt surrounded by a sea of orange, the atmosphere was electric. Singing and acting star Vanessa Williams, a Syracuse alum and former Miss America, performed the national anthem.
The game was chock full of story lines, well before the tipoff.
Two Hall of Fame coaches and good friends with a combined 1,914 wins who had only met twice before on opposing benches, each winning once. Boeheim's signature 2/3 zone defense vs. Krzyzewski's intense man-to-man.
Fair, Syracuse's leading scorer, vs. Andre Dawkins, a fifth-year senior who leads the ACC in 3-point shooting. Parker vs. Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, two of the most accomplished freshmen in the country.
The game was tied at 78 after regulation, and there were two more ties in the extra session. Grant had three straight slams for the Orange, while Dawkins hit a follow and a 3 from the top of the key as Duke took a three-point lead with 1:20 left.
Two free throws by Ennis moved the Orange within one and two more by Grant gave the Orange an 88-87 lead with 39 seconds left.
Duke's Rodney Hood missed a dunk attempt against Rakeem Christmas with 12.2 seconds remaining -- Hood wanted a foul but nothing was called. Two more free throws by Ennis as Amile Jefferson fouled out made it 90-87.
Sulaimon sank a pair of free throws for Duke to make it a one-point game with 9.4 seconds left, but Fair was fouled and converted one of two from the line with 5.5 seconds to go.
Duke scrambled to get off a last shot and Quinn Cook missed a rushed fling from the right wing at the buzzer as Syracuse escaped.
Grant had 12 rebounds. Trevor Cooney and Ennis each scored 14 points for the Orange.
Ennis had nine assists with two turnovers in a game in which both teams committed just eight.
Sulaimon finished with 16 points. Jefferson, Dawkins, and Hood finished with 14 points for Duke.
Syracuse led 38-35 at the break and Fair continued the play that made him the preseason pick for ACC player of the year. He swished a pull-up 3 from the top of the key to get going early in the second half as the Orange maintained its slim lead.
Every time Syracuse threatened to go on a run, Duke answered. When Grant's lay-in gave the Orange a 51-47 lead, Sulaimon countered with a 3. And when Cooney followed with his second 3 of the game, Hood hit his third 3.
Parker's three-point play at 11:05 gave Duke a 56-54 lead, its first since just past the midpoint of the opening half. But just when he seemed set to spark the Blue Devils, Parker picked up two quick fouls to give him four and Dawkins was whistled for his fourth just over a minute later.
Fair responded by scoring eight points and Cooney hit from the wing as the Orange went up 66-59 with 6:37 left. Undaunted, Tyler Thornton rescued Duke with three 3-pointers in less than two minutes and Parker's basket underneath tied it at 70-all with 3:53 to play.
Sulaimon hit two 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation. He even got a chance at a four-point play, but missed the foul shot with 47.6 seconds left.