The Syracuse Orange upset the No. 20 Duke Blue Devils 64-62 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday for their first victory in the historic arena.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports noted the win was huge for Syracuse, which is now 3-4 in the ACC after having lost its first four conference games:
Syracuse has renewed life in the ACC. Jim Boeheim and the Orange upset Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have lost 3 straight.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 19, 2016
On the other hand, it was Duke's third straight loss, which Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News and Observer pointed out is a rarity for the Blue Devils:
Oh my. Duke loses 64-62. First three game losing streak since the 06-07 season. Duke will also be unranked for the first time since then— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) January 19, 2016
It was also Duke's second straight home loss, and former NBA player Wally Szczerbiak took a shot at the Blue Devils after the game:
Not so hard to win at Cameron Indoor anymore. Big win for the @Cuse— Wally Szczerbiak (@wallyball) January 19, 2016
Four Orange players had 14 points apiece. They were led by forward Tyler Roberson, who also added a game-high 20 rebounds in a historic performance, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Tyler Roberson: 1st player with at least 10 points and 20 rebounds in game against Duke since DeJuan Blair in 2007-08— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2016
The junior did more than rebound. He had this nasty dunk early in the first half, as ESPN shared:
Duke led by three points at halftime, but after a back-and-forth start to the second half, Malachi Richardson hit a three-pointer with eight minutes, 40 seconds left in the game to give the Orange a 50-48 lead they never relinquised.
The Blue Devils had a chance for a game-winner from near half court in the final seconds but failed to get off a shot. Syracuse Basketball shared video of the final seconds:
Marshall Plumlee recorded 19 points and 17 rebounds for Duke, while freshman Brandon Ingram added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blue Devils dropped to 3-3 in the ACC and 14-5 overall; they lost just four games during their 2014-15 championship run. Rarely does a season go by without the top teams in the ACC losing at least a game or two on the road, but this is an unprecedented stretch for a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team, per ESPN College BBall:
This is the first time in exactly 21 years that Duke has lost back-to-back home games. (via Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/ROSCu4g732— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 19, 2016
Duke is seventh in the conference, 2.5 games behind the first-place North Carolina Tar Heels. Although it trails the Blue Devils by a half game, Syracuse has to feel it's in a better spot. The Orange play four of their next five games at home in the Carrier Dome, while Duke is on the road for its next three.
The end of the game was controversial, as some thought a foul should have been called when the Blue Devils were trying to get off a desperation shot. Krzyzewski didn't have much to say about it, per Adam Rowe of 247Sports:
Coach K: "The end of the game was amazing. I'll leave it at that."— Adam Rowe (@BlueDevilLair) January 19, 2016
Here's a good look at the play from Syracuse Athletics:
The coach across the court from Krzyzewski was more than happy to talk. Syracuse Athletics shared audio of a press conference featuring head coach Jim Boeheim, who was thrilled with the win:
Next week, Duke most likely will not be ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in nine seasons. Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports said the Blue Devils should not be ranked, but he doesn't feel that way just because of this loss:
I did not rank Duke even before tonight's loss. This is who they are for now. https://t.co/r7aq6peSeU— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 19, 2016
Duke will look to bounce back in its next game, which is on the road Jan. 23 against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Syracuse visits the No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers that day.