The Connecticut Huskies upset the No. 6 Syracuse Orange, 66-58, Wednesday night in Hartford.
The Huskies held a five-point advantage after the first half thanks to a balanced scoring effort from their starters. And UConn would keep the momentum going in the second half with another impressive 20 minutes of basketball.
After falling behind 40-39, the Huskies would bounce back with a pair of three-pointers from Niels Giffey and Omar Calhoun, giving UConn a 45-42 lead they would never relinquish.
Syracuse was dreadful from the field in this game, posting 18 percent from long range and 35 percent from the field overall. Michael Carter-Williams led all Orange scorers with 15 points while forward James Southerland added 14 points off the bench.
Connecting on 47 percent of their shots, UConn had a good night from the field. But the Huskies were lights out from beyond the arc with a 57 percent success rate.
Ryan Boatright had a stellar performance for the home team in the upset. The sophomore guard led all scorers with 17 points and added four assists, four rebounds and three steals in what was an impactful all-around effort.
Calhoun also had a major contribution with 15 points and six rebounds. The freshman guard nailed a trio of three-pointers in the winning effort.
This loss will no doubt hurt Syracuse, and coach Jim Boeheim's squad will likely take a slip in the rankings after falling flat against an unranked opponent.
With Syracuse leaving the Big East, this will be the pair's last meeting as division rivals.
FOX Sports radio host JT The Brick broke down exactly why Syracuse dropped this contest:
ESPN Stats & Info shed some light on a disturbing trend for the Orange this season:
Syracuse: All 4 losses this season have come vs unranked teams away from home (3 road losses, one neutral site loss)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 14, 2013
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports pointed out how huge Calhoun was for the Huskies in this game:
Omar Calhoun coming of age tonight. UConn looking determined to give Syracuse a parting shot before the Orange leave the Big East.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 14, 2013
ESPN's Numbers Never Lie page explained just how uncanny Syracuse's defensive performance was:
Prior to tonight's game, No. 6 Syracuse was holding opponents to 33.2 FG% against its zone. UConn shot 46.7 FG% to upset the Orange 66-58.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) February 14, 2013
The Next Best Basketball page gave some major props to UConn head coach Kevin Ollie:
I'll say it again…smartest thing you could as a D1 recruit/prospect is come to UConn and play under Coach Ollie #StartOfADynasty— Next Best Basketball (@NBBSquad) February 14, 2013
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe used this exciting game as a reason why the Big East shouldn't be dismantled:
Watching Syracuse-UConn and cursing the dopes who broke up a great league.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 14, 2013