Syracuse upsets Duke at Cameron

Syracuse upset No. 20 Duke, 64-62, at Cameron Indoor.

Whenever Syracuse and Duke square off, it seems to always be a classic. Tonight was no different.

In another emotionally draining game, the Orange prevailed at Cameron Indoor, 64-62. 

Syracuse was led by junior forward Tyler Roberson, who scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds (12 offensive). He was simply terrific for the Orange.

"Tyler Roberson was unbelievable on the boards," SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. "It's one of the best wins we've ever had." 

The Orange got out to an early 5-0 lead over the Blue Devils at the first media timeout. Matt Jones scored the first Duke points of the night with a corner 3, cutting the SU lead to 5-3. After a physical back and forth first half, Trevor Cooney hit a long 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds to go. Duke's Grayson Allen's buzzer-beater was waved off, and the Blue Devils took a 29-26 lead into the half.

Michael Gbinije took over in the second half. He finished with 14 points and 9 assists, which tied a career-high.

"We ran almost the same play every time in the second half," Boeheim said after the game. "It's an incredible testament to what he [Gbinije] can do. It was a middle ball screen to get Mike into the lane. When they helped, he had Roberson on the drop for layups. A couple times we got the three of that, too."

Gbinije played his second game at Duke since transferring to Syracuse a few years ago, but Boeheim didn't believe that affected how he played.

"Mike seemed fine tonight. We don't worry about that, players come to play. I'm sure he's pretty happy right now."

Freshman Malachi Richardson struggled in the first half, scoring three points on 1-of-6 shooting. But in the second half, the frosh hit two 3-pointers, and had eleven points, totaling fourteen for the game. He also grabbed six rebounds. With just over two seconds remaining in the game, Richardson went to the line for a 1-and-1, with Syracuse leading 63-62. He hit the first free throw, but missed the second. The Blue Devils never got a shot off.

Duke missed 27 3-pointers on Monday night, going 10-for-37 (27%). 

"We ran at four of five different guys and got them off the line," Boeheim said while talking about SU's 3-point defense in the last few minutes. "We've played much better defense over the last three games."

At the half, Syracuse was outrebounding Duke, 24-20, and continued their success on the glass in the second half. SU had 25 second-half rebounds to Duke's 22, finishing plus-seven overall. 

Syracuse finished the game with 26 offensive rebounds, which Boeheim called 'unheard of.' 

"Roberson and Lydon were spectacular on the boards. They really were," the Hall-of-Famer said. 

Trevor Cooney finished with 14 points on 4-of-15 shooting, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range. 

Tyler Lydon is starting to find his groove again, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes.

Marshall Plumlee led the Blue Devils with nineteen points and seventeen rebounds. He also had four blocks. Grayson Allen scored eighteen points and Brandon Ingram had thirteen points and eleven rebounds. 

Syracuse won their third straight ACC game, improving to 3-4 in league play. They will have four much-needed days off before facing No. 13 Virginia on Saturday. 

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