Syracuse Tops UConn in Epic 6 OTs

You read that right, six damn overtimes!
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 6:50 AM CDT
Syracuse Tops UConn in Epic 6 OTs
Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet reacts after fouling out against Syracuse in the fifth overtime period, March 12, 2009 at Madison Square Garden.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

It was a game for the ages, the longest in Big East history and nearly the longest college hoops has ever seen. After six grueling overtimes—you read that right, six overtime—Syracuse emerged victorious over UConn last night, to the final tune of 127-117. “I've got no words,” said Jim Boeheim. “I've never been prouder of any team I've coached.”

The teams that strode off the court weren’t the teams that strode on 3 hours and 46 minutes earlier. Each team had four regulars foul out, so the court was full of rarely-seen practice-squad faces. But the whole epic almost never played out. In the last second of regulation, Eric Devendorf hurled up what appeared to be the game-winning jumper, but replays showed the ball touching his fingertip with the clock at zero. (More Syracuse Orange stories.)

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