Tyus Battle scores 32 as Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke in OT

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 an 95-91 upset on Monday night in Durham, N.C.

Swingman Cameron Reddish was out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones’ shoulder was injured 5½ minutes in, putting Duke down two starters, 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).

“When (Chukwu) plays like that,” head coach Jim Boeheim said, “we’re a different team.”

Syracuse held Duke to 2-for-8 shooting in overtime and to 21 percent shooting from 3-point range while earning its second victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium in three years.

“When you get two guys hurt and injured, there is no game plan anymore,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Our game plan was to pick them up full-court, put pressure on the ball, and that was working pretty well. Then, you’re trying to survive, really.”

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 cut the Blue Devils’ deficit to 93-91, but Chukwu countered with a dunk from Howard to make it a five-point game.

Zion Williamson had a personal-high 35 points and 10 rebounds, and his free throw with 16.2 seconds left in regulation tied it 85-85 for Duke (14-2, 3-1), but he missed a second foul shot that would have put the Blue Devils ahead. 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-for-30 shooting, and added 16 rebounds and nine assists.

The night took an ominous turn for the Blue Devils when Jones was hurt before the first TV timeout. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Jones suffered an AC joint separation during a collision with Syracuse’s Frank Howard. In that type of injury, the collarbone is separated from the shoulder blade. He is out indefinitely.

The game might not have made gone to overtime had the Orange not hit an 80-footer at the halftime buzzer. They got the ball back with 2.7 seconds left after Duke couldn’t get off a shot. Hughes took the inbounds pass and initially dropped it before taking three dribbles and flinging it from three-quarter court. It swished to cut the Devils’ lead to 49-48.

#7 Kansas 80, Texas 78: Lagerald Vick scored 21 points and Marcus Garrett added a career-high 20 for host Kansas (15-2, 4-1 Big 12, which held on to win when Jase Febres’ 3-point try at the buzzer was off the mark. Dedric Lawson added 17 points for the Jayhawks, who blew a 10-point second-half lead before escaping with their 10th straight win over the Longhorns (10-7, 2-3).

Pitt 75, #11 Florida State 62: Trey McGowens had 30 points and Xavier Johnson scored 16 to help the Panthers prevail at home. McGowens, a freshman guard, helped Pittsburgh (12-5, 2-2 ACC) end a 13-game losing streak against ranked teams. The Seminooles fell to 13-4, 1-3 .

#19 Maryland 64, Wisconsin 60: Anthony Cowan Jr. hit a pivotal 3-pointer with 44 seconds left as the Terrapins (15-3, 6-1) won at home after blowing a 21-point lead in the second half. Cowan scored 21 points. The Badgers fell to 11-6, 3-3.

Nebraska 66, #25 Indiana 51: Glynn Watson Jr. scored 15 points and Isaac Copeland added 14 for the visiting Huskers. (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten), which did not never trail. Romeo Langford had 18 points and Juwan Morgan finished with 17 on a miserable shooting night for the Hoosiers (12-5, 3-3), who have lost three in a row. Indiana’s 10-game home winning streak also ended. The Cornhuskers scored the first nine points of the game.


#7 Mississippi St. 85, Auburn 59: Teaira McCowan had 22 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters to power the visiting Bulldogs (16-1, 4-0 SEC) over the Tigers (14-3, 2-2).

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