In a game that hardly could establish a rhythm with 49 fouls, the Orange couldn't get anything rolling on offense, especially when they had their chance.
With 13:42 remaining in the first half, Jared Sullinger took a seat on the bench after picking up his second foul. He remained there until the half ended yet the score remained tied after 20 minutes of play.
"I think the first half, the 10-28 wasn't good enough," said Head Coach Jim Boeheim. "That's where I think we lost the game. We needed to be in a better position at the end of the half."
Boeheim was issued his first technical of the season by referee Tom O'Neill. Crew chief John Higgins said in a statement that the technical was assessed for "being out of the coach's box and gesturing about the call."
Boeheim said he wasn't offered an explanation for the technical and added a "no comment" when asked to address the referees.
It wasn't just Boeheim that expressed his discontent for the way the game was being called. Fans of both teams loudly booed calls throughout. The Buckeyes shot 42 free throws to SU's 25.
In the end though, Scoop Jardine says it wasn't about the officials.
"We're not going to blame it on the refs. I think we had a chance to win the game no matter what, with the refs or without them giving us any calls."
In the closing minutes, turnovers cost the Orange a chance to make a comeback. Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine turned the ball over a combined 3 times in the last 4 minutes.
It was a disappointing way to end the careers for two seniors that ended their careers with the most wins of any players to wear the Syracuse uniform.
"They've just had an unbelievable career, really, these guys," said Boeheim. "I don't think you can give them enough credit for what Scoop and Kris have done."