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Syracuse rolls over Indiana

WASHINGTON — It took winning a national title for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to get over a late-shot loss to Indiana the last time the schools met in the NCAA Tournament, the 1987 final.

This meeting was never close enough to come down to the final seconds. Thanks to Boeheim's trademark 2-3 zone defense and Michael Carter-Williams' 24 points, Syracuse took out top-seeded Indiana 61-50 to reach the East Region final Thursday night.

The No. 4-seeded Orange forced 19 turnovers. Its total of 22 blocks and steals (11 of each) tied for fifth most in a tournament game since they became official stats in 1986, ESPN Stats and Info said.

Indiana (29-7), like most teams outside the Big East, isn't used to seeing the 2-3 zone, and it showed from the outset. It didn't matter that Indiana ranked third in the country this season in scoring, averaging 79.5 points per game — and never scoring fewer than 56 — while making 48.6 percent of its shots.

Indiana shot 33 percent, leaving it frustrated from the players down to coach Tom Crean. Cody Zeller scored 10 on 3 of 11 shooting. Victor Oladipo scored 16.

At one point early, Crean scanned a sheet of notes, then shoved it into his suit jacket's inside pocket.

Down 11-3 about 5½ minutes in and without a field goal, Crean called timeout. By then, the Hoosiers had four turnovers.

Later, Crean called over freshman forward Jeremy Hollowell to give him a talking-to and a slap on the backside. Later, Crean barked "Are you sure?!" at an official after one noncall when Indiana let yet another possession go astray.

Boeheim, in contrast, looked on calmly, his arms crossed over his midsection or his chin resting on his right fist. He seemed less a coach than an interested observer.

Syracuse rolls over Indiana 03/28/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:47am]
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