3/12/09: SIX OVERTIME THRILLER BETWEEN SYRACUSE AND CONNECTICUT

 

Some may rank this Syracuse-Connecticut Big East Tournament semifinal matchup as one of the greatest college basketball games ever … and for good reason.

Forget the fact that two heated Conference rivals faced off at the World’s Most Famous Arena and that two legendary Jims were on the benches (Jim Calhoun for UConn, Jim Boeheim for Syracuse). This was a game for the ages, featuring six overtimes that had enough drama for two whole games.

In the end, it was the No. 18 Orange who would snag the win, 127-117, behind a game-high 34 points from Jonny Flynn and a 20-20 night from Paul Harris (29 points, 22 rebounds). A.J. Price scored 33 for the No. 3 Huskies, who had five players grab 10 or more rebounds in the battle that last 3 hours and 46 minutes.

“I’ve got no words,” coach Boeheim said after the marathon. “I’ve never been prouder of any team I’ve coached.”