Syracuse shuts down UConn, halts slideFeb 3, 2011 - 4:09 AM Syracuse snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-58 victory over No. 6 Connecticut.
Jackson had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Orange (19-4, 6-4 Big East), who used two big free throws from Scoop Jardine with 41.7 seconds left to withstand a final-minute UConn rally.
Kris Joseph added 11 points in the victory.
Jeremy Lamb posted 22 points, but was one of few offensive bright spots for the Huskies (17-4, 5-4), who were coming off Saturday's double-overtime loss to Louisville. Kemba Walker shot 3-for-14 and finished with eight points in the loss.
"I just tried to get us going," Lamb said. "My teammates looked for me and I was able to knock down a couple of shots. We still had chances to win the game. We just didn't make plays when we needed to make plays."
In addition to being a matchup of highly ranked teams, the game pitted two legendary coaches against one another. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (848 career wins) and UConn's Jim Calhoun (840) rank fifth and sixth all-time for career coaching victories, and the contest set an NCAA Division I record for combined coaching wins in a game.
Syracuse led for nearly all of the second half, though didn't pull away, and UConn got within 56-54 on two Alex Oriakhi free throws with three minutes left.
But the Orange put themselves in good position for the stretch run over the next few possessions.
Joseph made two from the line after being fouled on a wild layup attempt, and the Orange got the ball back after Lamb missed a nearly 30-foot three-point try with the shot clock running down.
Lamb then intercepted Jardine's pass to the paint, but UConn couldn't take advantage of the turnover. Oriakhi missed a mid-range jumper and Joseph hauled in the rebound, leading to a Syracuse timeout with 1:25 to play.
Quickly into the ensuing possession, Joseph slashed to the middle of the paint for a two-foot jumper, which he made while being fouled by Oriakhi. Joseph hit the foul shot to give the Orange a 61-54 advantage.
The Huskies made a final push to close within a possession. After Lamb drained a floater, UConn pressed and forced a turnover, leading to a fast-break basket from Lamb that nearly didn't fall in after he lost control of the ball.
The bucket was good, trimming the Huskies' deficit to three. But Jardine's foul shots restored a two-possession margin, and UConn didn't score again on the way to falling to its second straight home loss.
"When you lose four in a row, you're trying to find a way to make a play," Boeheim said. "And it's not easy. That game easily could have gotten away from us two or three times."
The Huskies scored the game's first six points and extended their lead to 23-14 when Shabazz Napier sank a three with under five minutes left in the first half.
Syracuse, though, ended the period on a 12-2 run, and Jackson's jumper in the final seconds put the Orange up 26-25 at the break.
Triche scored the first five points of the second half to give Syracuse some breathing room. UConn rallied to tie the game at 36-36, but the Orange followed with a 10-1 run.
Baye Moussa Keita had 11 rebounds for Syracuse...UConn had 16 turnovers...Oriakhi finished with nine points and five blocks...The previous mark for combined coaching victories in a game was set when Texas Tech's Bob Knight (868) and Oklahoma State's Eddie Sutton (797) met on February 2, 2006.
- SYRACUSE: 66
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- SYRACUSE: 26
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- SYRACUSE: 0
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