Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke in OT
DURHAM, N.C. — Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points, and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle No. 1 Duke in overtime as the Orange pulled off a 95-91 upset Monday night.
With swingman Cameron Reddish out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffering a shoulder injury roughly 5½ minutes in, Duke was down two starters and was a different team — and the Orange took full advantage.
Paschal Chukwu added 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Elijah Hughes added 20 points, Frank Howard finished with 16 and Oshae Brissett had 14 for the Orange (12-5, 3-1 ACC).
Syracuse held Duke to 2-of-8 shooting in overtime and to 21 percent shooting from 3-point range in earning its second victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium in three years.
Battle’s jumper about a minute into OT gave Syracuse the lead for good at 89-88. Duke followed that with four consecutive empty possessions — three missed 3s and a turnover that Howard turned into an easy layup.
RJ Barrett’s 3 pulled the Blue Devils to 93-91, but Chukwu countered with a dunk from Howard to make it a five-point game.
Zion Williamson had a career-high 35 points and 10 rebounds, and his free throw with 16.2 seconds left in regulation tied it at 85 for Duke (14-2, 3-1), but he missed a second go-ahead foul shot. Brissett grabbed the rebound for Syracuse, but Battle’s 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced off the back iron.
Barrett finished with 23 points on 8-of-30 shooting and added 16 rebounds and nine assists.