Syracuse knocks off No. 1 Duke in overtime behind huge nights from Tyus Battle, Elijah Hughes

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Duke’s RJ Barrett attempts to stop Syracuse’s <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/136252/" data-ylk="slk:Elijah Hughes">Elijah Hughes</a> driving to the basket during the Orange’s upset win over the Blue Devils on Monday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Duke’s RJ Barrett attempts to stop Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes driving to the basket during the Orange’s upset win over the Blue Devils on Monday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Jim Boeheim has done it again.

Boeheim and Syracuse overcame a slow start on Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium to force an overtime period, where the Orange surged ahead to knock off No. 1 Duke 95-91, handing the Blue Devils their first conference loss of the season.

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Duke got off to a hot start on Monday night, jumping out to a quick 14-4 lead. Syracuse rallied back, though, making it just a one-point game behind an insane buzzer-beater from Elijah Hughes.

The fight continued throughout the second half, and the Orange held on to grab a one-point lead in the final minutes thanks to a huge Battle contested 3-pointer.

Williamson then hit a free throw to tie the game up with 10.6 seconds left. While Battle had one last shot at a game-winner, it didn’t fall, sending the game into overtime tied 85-85.

The Orange grabbed a two-point lead with 1:11 left in overtime, and quickly added two more thanks to an ally-oop from Paschal Chuwku. While Duke had several opportunities on the other end, the Blue Devils couldn’t get a shot to fall, giving Syracuse the upset win.

Battle led Syracuse with 32 points, four assists and four rebounds, shooting 12-of-28 from the field. Hughes added 20 points and Frank Howard put up 16. Chuwku had a huge double-double off the bench, too, putting up 10 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.

Williamson scored 35 points in the loss, setting a Duke freshman record for most points scored in a single game. Barrett added 23 points.

As a team, the Blue Devils shot just 9-of-43 from the 3-point line. Barrett shot a rough 4-of-17 from behind the arc, and Jack White went 0-of-10.

The loss for Duke also marked the first time that a top-ranked Duke team lost at Cameron Indoor to an unranked opponent.

Hughes’ deep buzzer-beater

Hughes gave it a chance just before halftime. That’s all you can do in that situation, right?

With just 2.7 seconds left in the first half, the Orange were down by four and ready to run one last play before halftime.

Hughes caught the inbounds pass underneath the hoop, leaving him with nearly the full length of the floor to go thanks to a Duke full-court press. So he took four quick dribbles and nearly made it out to the 3-point line before he heaved up the last second shot to the other end of the floor.

The ball soared high through the air, looking like it was going to hit the scoreboard, before falling perfectly through the net.

Just like that, Hughes brought the Orange within just one point, leaving Duke fans stunned.


Tre Jones injured right shoulder in first half

Duke point guard Tre Jones left Monday’s game early in the first half after injuring his shoulder.

Jones dove for a loose ball less than five minutes into the game and collided with Syracuse’s Frank Howard. He stayed on the ground, clearly in pain, while Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and training staff came out to look at him.


Jones did not return and left the game with two points, two assists and four steals.

He was officially diagnosed with an acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation, and is out indefinitely.


He will likely miss Duke’s game on Saturday against No. 4 Virginia, too.

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