Syracuse had an aura of invincibility after a 25-0 start. A late-season slide culminated with a giant thud as the No. 3 seeded Orange, ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season, were upset by No. 11 Dayton in a South Region game.
Horrendous perimeter shooting doomed the Orange. They were 0-of-10 from beyond the arc, failing to hit a three-pointer for the first time in a game since 1994, per Reuters (via The Baltimore Sun).
They weren't that good from inside the arc, either, shooting 38.9 percent from the field (21-of-54).
Trailing 54-53, the Orange had a chance to take the lead after a Jordan Sibert turnover with 15 seconds left, but Tyler Ennis missed from just inside the arc with 11 seconds left.
After Dayton split a pair of free throws, Ennis also missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Flyers are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.
Dayton survived a dreadful free-throw shooting night. The Flyers were 10-of-18 from the charity stripe, making just seven of their first 14 attempts before Dyshawn Pierre made three of four crucial free throws in the last 23 seconds to seal the win.
Forward Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers with 14 points and six rebounds. Forward Devin Oliver added seven points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Guard Tyler Ennis led the Orange with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Forward C.J. Fair added 14 points and 10 boards.
Dayton guards Khari Price and Jordan Sibert were huge factors defensively shutting down Syracuse's perimeter shooting. Much was made of Syracuse's zone defense, but the Flyers' unheralded backcourt duo had the last laugh.
Dayton will play another team that pulled off a major upset in third round, No. 10 Stanford, in the Sweet 16.
Update by Gideon Rubin