March 13, 2009


'Cuse, UConn stage instant classic (Jeff Goodman, March 13, 2009, Fox Sports)

Eric Devendorf just laughed in a mini-fit of frustration when trying to recall in which overtime he fouled out. His Syracuse teammate, Paul Harris, couldn't figure out whether he was set to play again that same day or the next.

It was all a blur after the Orange outlasted UConn, 127-117, in a six-overtime Big East quarterfinal affair on Thursday night-Friday morning.

On a day in which two potential No. 1 seeds went down, it took UConn — potentially another — 70 minutes to fall to Syracuse in what tied the second-longest known Division I college basketball game. [...]

Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn logged 67 minutes. Devendorf played 61 before fouling out. This contest made Kobe's 61 and LeBron's triple-double at Madison Square Garden earlier this year seem rather ordinary.

The only college basketball game that went longer was when Cincinnati beat Bradley, 75-73, back in a seven-overtime affair in 1981. Believe it or not, the Garden was still nearly full when the final buzzer sounded at 1:22 a.m.

No one cared that Round 3 of Pittsburgh vs. UConn wasn't going to go down on Friday night in the semifinals.

This game was far more entertaining than watching another heavyweight battle between Hasheem Thabeet and DeJuan Blair.

It had a bit of everything.

It should have been a sign that something special was on the horizon when Syracuse big man Arinze Onuaku, the worst foul shooter in America and a guy who makes Shaq look like, well, Rick Barry, knocked down two straight from the charity stripe.

The stars were aligned.

I'm so old I used to watch Andy Rautins's dad play when I was in college and I went to bed in the 2nd Half.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2009 6:03 AM
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