Boxscore
Syracuse 71, Connecticut 69
Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut
Officials - Jim Burr, Tim Clougherty, Michael Stephens
Attendance - 10167

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Syracuse 43 28 71
Connecticut 29 40 69

Recap


SYRACUSE 71, UCONN 69:
Fab Melo scored 11 points, including the go-ahead putback slam with 30 seconds left, and C.J. Fair came up with huge block in the final seconds as No. 2 Syracuse earned its first win at Gampel Pavilion.
 
Kris Joseph scored a game-high 21 points for Syracuse (29-1, 16-1 Big East), which set school records for regular season wins and conference wins. It was the Orange’s first victory in five tries at Gampel Pavilion.
 
The desperate Huskies didn't go down without a fight. UConn trailed 43-29 at intermission and by 17 points early in the second half before storming back to tie the game at 69 when Andre Drummond tipped in a miss from Ryan Boatright with 50 seconds left.
 
But Melo slammed home a miss on the other end and, after a timeout, Syracuse' defense denied UConn an open 3-pointer and Roscoe Smith’s shot from the low block was swatted away by Fair.
 
Jeremy Lamb scored 19 points and Drummond finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for UConn (17-11, 7-9).

The defending national champions were seeking another signature win to boost their at-large NCAA Tournament hopes, but fell to 3-4 without Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, who is scheduled to undergo back surgery on Monday.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK:  Syracuse didn’t commit a turnover until there were four minutes left in the first half. … Calhoun's surgery is to alleviate pain stemming from spinal stenosis. If all goes well, he may return for next Saturday’s regular-season finale against Pittsburgh. … Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay was inducted to the Huskies of Honor at halftime.

Syracuse Orange

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rakeem Christmas 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Scoop Jardine 31:00 3-10 0-3 1-2 0 5 5 6 2 3 3 0 7
Kris Joseph 34:00 8-15 3-7 2-2 4 3 7 0 1 2 3 0 21
Fab Melo 32:00 5-6 0-0 1-2 5 4 9 2 3 0 1 3 11
Brandon Triche 18:00 2-6 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 6
C.J. Fair 29:00 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 1 2 1 0 3 6
Dion Waiters 24:00 3-11 0-4 4-4 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 1 10
James Southerland 15:00 3-7 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 7
Baye Moussa Keita 6:00 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Michael Carter-Williams 7:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 3
TOTAL 200 28-64 5-20 10-14 14 25 39 14 13 8 9 8 71
  43.8% 25.0% 71.4% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 9

Connecticut Huskies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Andre Drummond 29:00 8-14 0-0 1-2 7 7 14 0 2 0 0 3 17
Roscoe Smith 28:00 4-10 0-0 3-6 3 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 11
Ryan Boatright 37:00 5-13 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 6 2 1 4 1 14
Jeremy Lamb 38:00 7-15 2-8 3-3 2 5 7 2 1 2 1 0 19
Alex Oriakhi 22:00 3-6 0-0 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 1 8
Shabazz Napier 32:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 7 2 0 3 0 0
DeAndre Daniels 5:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler Olander 5:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 0
Niels Giffey 4:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-67 6-20 9-13 15 20 35 17 10 3 10 8 69
  40.3% 30.0% 69.2% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 10
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