Orange Upset #3 Pitt In OT

Junior Hakim Warrick scored 17 points and had eight rebounds and Josh Pace added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals as Syracuse snapped Pittsburgh's 40-game home court winning streak by defeating the Panthers, 49-46 in overtime at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday.<br><br>

The Orangemen held Pittsburgh without a field goal in the overtime session and outscored the Panthers, 7-4 to secure the win. It was the first time any opponent had come into the Petersen Events Center and won since the building opened prior to the 2002-03 season. Pittsburgh had been 34-0 in the arena before Sunday's defeat. SU's win also snapped Pittsburgh's 20-game winning streak versus BIG EAST foes at home.

Sophomore Gerry McNamara scored five of SU's seven points in the extra frame, including his only field goal of the contest, a three coming with 3:53 left in overtime. He finished with nine points and was 6-of-6 from the foul line in the game.

With 1:03 left in regulation, McNamara connected on two free throws to put the Orange ahead by four, 42-38. On the ensuing possession, Pittsburgh's Julius Page nailed a three from the left wing to get the Panthers within one, 42-41 with 45 seconds left. After a shot clock violation by the Orangemen, junior Craig Forth committed his fifth personal foul, sending Pittsburgh's Chevon Troutman to the free-throw line with three seconds remaining and a chance to win the game. Troutman made the first free throw, but missed the second and freshman Terrence Roberts controlled the rebound for SU to force overtime.

Pace scored the first points of the overtime period, but two free throws by Jaron Brown tied the game, 44-44. After McNamara's three, SU held a 47-44 margin and the Panthers would get just two free throws from Chris Taft the rest of the way. Two free throws by McNamara with 27 seconds left in overtime sealed the win.

"We battled on every play and every possession," SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. "The way we battled defensively was the key to the game."

Taft and Carl Krauser finished with nine points each to lead the Panthers and Taft also contributed a game-high 11 rebounds. The Orange limited Pittsburgh to 30.9 percent shooting from the field (17-55). It was the third time in the last six games the SU has held an opponent to less than 31 percent shooting. The Panthers' 46 points was the fewest points the Orangemen have allowed since it held Richmond to 46 in the 2002 NIT.

Pittsburgh held a 22-19 at the half. SU re-gained its advantage on a hoop by Pace with 17:56 left to play in the second half, 23-22, but the Panthers claimed a 27-23 edge at 14:56 after a three-point play by Julius Page and basket by Mark McCarroll. Down by five, 32-27, the Orangemen reeled off nine straight points to grab a 36-32 lead at 9:31 and never trailed again.

Syracuse will play at West Virginia on Tuesday, March 2. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

"It was a tremendous physical effort by our guys," Boeheim said. "I'm very proud of this team."

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