Jim Boeheim ejected late in the game as #1 Syracuse loses to #5 Duke 66-60

Published 02/22 2014 08:48PM

Updated 02/23 2014 09:24AM

Durham, North Carolina (SportsNetowrk.com/WSYR-TV) - The anticipated rematch between the most exciting game of the 2013-14 college basketball season produced another thrilling finish, albeit one with considerably more controversy.

Jabari Parker scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half as fifth-ranked Duke got its revenge against suddenly struggling Syracuse with a 66-60 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a win sealed by two technical fouls called on Orange head coach Jim Boeheim in the final seconds.

The Blue Devils were clinging to a 60-58 lead when Syracuse's C.J. Fair drove the baseline and converted a layup while crashing into Duke's Rodney Hood with 10.4 seconds remaining. Fair was called for charging to negate the basket, prompting an enraged Boeheim to storm the court and confront the officiating crew to draw the technicals and trigger an ejection from the contest.

Quinn Cook made three of the four resulting free throws to extend the margin to five points, and Tyler Thornton was fouled after Duke retained possession and hit 1-of-2 from the line to provide the anticlimactic ending.

Parker added 10 rebounds and Hood chipped in 13 points as Duke (22-6, 11-4 ACC) dealt top-ranked Syracuse a second straight tough loss, though one less shocking than the previously unbeaten Orange's 62-59 overtime setback at home to a then six-win Boston College team ranked 195th in the RPI at the time.

SU's next game is on Monday on the road against Maryland at 7:00 p.m.


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