SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Stunning. Shocking. Unbelievable. Words to describe previously unbeaten Syracuse (25-1, 12-1) falling to Boston College (7-19, 3-10) in front of 26,716 Orange fans 62-59 in overtime.
Syracuse could not make their usual plays down the stretch. Both Tyler Ennis and Rakeem Christmas missing bunnies in the final thirty seconds of regulation, and the defense gave up an easy layup to Patrick Heckmann for the game winning bucket.
Lonnie Jackson, who was previously just 9-16 from the foul line on the season, made four clutch free-throws down the stretch to put Syracuse away.
"Offensively, we're not shooting the ball particularly well," head coach Jim Boeheim said. "But when you get in enough of these games, there's going to be one of them where you don't make a play."
Trevor Cooney, who finished 2-8 from the floor and 1-6 from beyond the arc, missed an off balance three with six seconds left to clinch the victory for the Eagles.
Syracuse got off to another slow start , as the Boston College Eagles pulled ahead early. Two Lonnie Jackson threes gave the gave B.C. the edge, but Syracuse would respond.
The Orange started attacking the rim with C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant as they stole the momentum late in the first half. They finished the initial frame on a 7-0 run to take a 25-17 lead into the locker room.
Fair was the go-to guy for the Orange throughout the night, taking 23 shots overall. He only made seven, however, as his struggles on the offensive end continued. He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Syracuse opened the second half with another spurt, fueled by a defense that forces two turnovers against the Eagles on their first two possessions. Trevor Cooney drilled a three and Fair converted on a layup as Syracuse took what appeared to be a stranglehold on the game.
"I thought we did an unbelievable job in the first half defensively," Boeheim said. "Our offense was not good. We made a couple of plays to start the second half, but we just lost our defense."
Syracuse took a 33-20 lead on a Tyler Ennis three-pointer just four minutes into the second half. Everything went downhill from there.
Boston College climbed back into the game behind the three ball, tying the game with 8:07 to play. The Eagles hit seven of their 12 shots from beyond the arc in the second half.
The back and forth action would continue, as Syracuse trailed Boston College 48-46 with 3:15 remaining.
After a pair of free-throws tied it, Jerami Grant hit a huge shot in the lane to give Syracuse the lead with under one minute to play. But Olivier Hanlan responded with a layup, setting up more last second dramatics for the Orange.
However, this was not Syracuse's night to come through in the clutch. Tyler Ennis and Rakeem Christmas both missed layups in the final thirty seconds sending the game into overtime.
Boston College got off to a quick start in the extra frame with a three-pointer from Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann. Syracuse answered, however, taking a one point lead with 1:12 left on an Ennis free-throw. It was the last lead of the game for the Orange.
Syracuse shot under 40% from the field for the third consecutive game, hitting only 32% of their attempts. They forced 17 Boston College turnovers, but were out-rebounded 40-37. Syracuse hit 17 of their 24 free-throw attempts, but four of their misses came over the final six minutes of regulation and into overtime.
"At the end of the day, you have to get the ball in the basket," Boeheim said. "We're not getting the ball in the basket...Offensively, we have to get better. We really have to get better and we have a few games to do that in."
Tyler Ennis finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Baye Moussa Keita returned to action, but logged just two minutes.
The Orange fell to 25-1 on the season, and next face Duke on Saturday at Cameron Indoor for a 7pm tip.