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Syracuse and UConn go to six overtimes

The game simply would not end

At 1:22 a.m. Friday, 3 hours and 46 minutes after tipoff, the final buzzer sounded at Madison Square Garden. In six OTs, Syracuse had beaten UConn 127-117 in a Big East quarterfinal.

By the numbers

0 Syracuse leads during the first five OTs

0 Seconds left in regulation when Eric Devendorf released a 28-footer that went in, seemingly winning it for Syracuse; officials, however, used instant replay to overturn the basket

1 Division I game that went longer, Cincinnati's 75-73 seven-OT win over Bradley in 1981

8 Players who fouled out (four from each team)

67 Minutes (out of 70) played by Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn

$69 Price of a commemorative plaque, which includes the box score, being sold at Syracuse's Web site


"We were down by six in whatever overtime, and I don't know how we got out of it." — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (it was the third OT)

"I'm sure in the summertime, I'll look back and say what a historic battle it was. Right now, it's a loss. There's no other way." — UConn coach Jim Calhoun

"For a second, I'm just thinking, 'Lord, let's just get this game over, go home. Whoever wins, wins the game.' I can't even feel my legs right now." — Jonny Flynn, Syracuse point guard

"We didn't break. We didn't cower. Nor did they." — A.J. Price, UConn point guard

For box score, see below

Syracuse and UConn go to six overtimes 03/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 13, 2009 10:48pm]
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