SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Orange may have very well saved their season on Tuesday.
The Orange outscored the Hokies 12-4 in overtime, winning by a final score of 68-60.
Here are four takeaways from the game:
1. Gbinije's 3 to force OT: With 26.9 remaining in regulation, Gbinije pulled up from, what he called, four steps behind the 3-point arc. At the time, Syracuse was down 56-53. As soon as Gbinije released the shot, he started back peddling to get back on defense, because he knew it was going in. Sure enough, he swished the 3 and the Dome exploded. Without that huge shot, the Orange are on the outside looking in to the NCAA Tournament.
2. Down, but never out: Syracuse trailed the entire game. No, seriously, the Orange never led for the first 40 minutes. A Michael Gbinije mid-range jumper to begin overtime gave Syracuse their first lead of the game, 58-56. SU outscored VT 12-4 in a dominating overtime performance to secure the win. Syracuse was down by as many as eight points in the second half. It was a comeback for the ages.
3. Malachi down the stretch: Something we all can agree on is that Malachi Richardson is not playing like a freshman, especially late in games. After being held scoreless in the first half, Malachi scored eight in the second half and five in overtime to finish with 13. He hit two remarkable 3-pointers; one towards the end of regulation to spark SU's 7-1 run, and the other in overtime to extend their lead to 66-60. He was simply terrific down the stretch yet again.
4. Above .500: With the win over Virginia Tech, Syracuse moved above .500 in the ACC for the first time this season. According to numerous bracketology reports, the Orange are in the NCAA Tournament as of right now. With an overall record of 16-8, the Orange clinched another winning regular season under Jim Boeheim.