College basketball displayed quite a few lopsided games on Wednesday night, but that didn’t stop Syracuse and Pittsburgh from putting on a classic battle at the Zoo. If the ACC wasn’t going to be able to showcase the famed Duke and North Carolina game, at least they had two former Big East foes showcasing the banner for the night.
A couple more Big East schools played a classic game as well. However, the classic came in the point differential. UCONN destroyed a depleted South Florida team by 43 points. It’s safe to say that Connecticut’s win was the largest margin in AAC history.
Game of The Day
Syracuse 58- Pittsburgh 56
The Orange were down one with 4.4 seconds left and they had to go the length of the court. Jerami Grant gave Tyler Ennis a short pass along the baseline. Ennis used the dribble to advance the ball, using an inside out crossover to create space around half court. Soon after, Ennis released a 35-foot two handed pull up. One moment later the ball hit the bottom of the net and game was over.
The shot gave unbeaten Syracuse their 24th victory of the season, it kept the Orange in sole possession of first place in the ACC.
Everybody will be talking about the Ennis shot, and rightfully so, but C.J. Fair made two tremendous plays to keep Syracuse in the game with under two minutes left. First, Fair made a corner three to cut a six point lead in half. He was left open by Lamar Patterson who was slow to contest the shot.
After a defensive stop, Fair went to work on the left wing and made a contested two point jumper. With the Orange down one, Syracuse earned another defensive stop and this time Tyler Ennis got a run out and forced a foul with 10 seconds left. Tyler Ennis made both clutch foul shots.
After a Syracuse timeout, Pitt used their offense to get the ball inside to Talib Zanna. He was quickly fouled with 4.4 seconds left. Zanna calmly sank two Free throws to give Pitt the lead. All that did was set the stage for another thrilling finish.
The Panthers out rebounded Syracuse 33-22 on the night. Pittsburgh fell to (20-5) overall and (8-4) in the ACC.
Other notable games
Memphis 76- UCF 70
The Memphis Tigers held off a tougher than expected UCF squad at home. Joe Jackson led the Tigers with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Boise State 71- New Mexico 70
The Broncos used a second half comeback and two foul shots by Derrick Marks in the final seconds to pull off a much needed victory in the Mountain West. New Mexico had a chance to tie for first place in the conference, but the loss keeps them one game back of San Diego State.
Connecticut 83- South Florida 40
Connecticut’s 45 first half points would have won the game on their own.
Kentucky escaped Auburn with an eight point victory. The win gave Kentucky a (9-2) record in the SEC. It also put the Wildcats in position to vie for the conference title with Florida. The Harrison twins combined for 26 points.
Indiana had a terrible home loss to Penn State. Tim Frazier hit the game winning lay-up with 6.1 seconds left. Indiana has lost three out of their last four games.
Toledo (21-3) knocked off Ohio (17-7) in the MAC. Toledo is 9-2) in the conference and they’ve won three straight since their loss to Ohio to start February.
VCU’s 17 point win over George Washington revenged an earlier loss. The victory sets up a huge game at St. Louis on Saturday.
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