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Syracuse vs. Duke: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

Jan 18, 2016; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Sean Obi (34) and guard Grayson Allen (3) battle for the ball with Syracuse Orange center DaJuan Coleman (32) in their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

 

Postgame Reaction

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:

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:

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.

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