When you play with fire, eventually you're going to get burned.
The Syracuse basketball team could not put the matches away and let Boston College catch fire from three en route to a 62-59 upset Wednesday in overtime.
It was the first loss of the season for the No. 1-ranked Orange (25-1, 12-1 ACC). The Eagles were just 6-19 heading into Wednesday's contest, but they looked like the better team for the whole second half. They made 11 of 22 three-point attempts and dug themselves out of a hole after scoring only 17 points in the first half.
With the possibility of an undefeated season now extinguished, perhaps the Orange can get back to playing loose and not worrying about trying to stay perfect. With a rematch with Duke looming Saturday followed by two more road games, the going only gets tougher.
After the first loss of the season, let's take stock of how the starters have been playing lately. Which players are rising to the occasion? Who is starting to fall off? Read on to find out.