The Syracuse losing streak is over at four. The Orange picked up a big win at seventh-ranked UConn, beating the Huskies 66-58 Wednesday night.
Rick Jackson led the Orange with 13 points and 13 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season. Brandon Triche scored a team-high 16.
The game also set a record for the most total wins between two opposing coaches.
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim picked up win No. 848 and UConn’s Jim Calhoun is still stuck on 840 in a game the Orange desperately needed to win.
Riding a four-game losing streak, Syracuse was looking to avoid its longest skid in Boeheim’s 35-year career.
The Orange got off to another slow start at Hartford’s XL Center and didn’t score until the 14:29 mark in the first half.
Syracuse trailed by as many as nine points in the early going but Rick Jackson’s hook shot at the buzzer capped a 12-2 run, and Syracuse took a 26-25 lead into the half. It was the Orange’s first lead in a game since going up 2-0 on Villanova back on Jan. 22.
Syracuse led 46-27 with 10:59 left in the second half but a Jeremy Lamb layup would pull UConn to within three and trailed 51-48.
A quick five-point run by Kris Joseph stretched the Syracuse lead to seven points with 1:21 to go but a Huskies steal and, layup by Lamb, cut the lead to 61-58 with less than a minute to play. That’s as close as they got thanks to some clutch free throws by Scoop Jardine down the stretch as the Orange handed UConn its first loss at the XL Center this season.
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Lamb finished with a game-high 22 points for the Huskies and got virtually no help from the nation’s third-leading scorer, Kemba Walker. Walker finished with a season-low eight points on 3-of-14 shooting and was held under 10 points for the first time this year.
Neither team shot particularly well but the Syracuse defense played a lot better. The Orange’s 2-3 zone forced UConn into taking tough shots and that led to a host of fast-break opportunities at the other end. The Huskies shot 36.2 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from three-point range. The Orange offense wasn’t much better, shooting 37.6 percent and connecting on 4-of-15 threes.
The Orange (19-4, 6-4) play at South Florida Saturday before playing Georgetown and Louisville next week.