ORANGE CRUSHED, DAYTON UPSETS NO. 12/14 SYRACUSE 55-53
March 23, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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BUFFALO – The Dayton Flyers became the biggest Cinderella story in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
With a stop as time expired, the Flyers upset the No. 12/14 Syracuse Orange 55-53 to earn their first spot in the Sweet Sixteen since 1984.
Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert hit a key 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds left to pace the Flyers. Syracuse was poised to pull out another close victory, but Tyler Ennis' 3-point attempt clanged off the rim at the buzzer.
Dayton (25-10), the 11th seed in the South Regional, advances to the regional semifinals next week and will play Kansas or Stanford.
The third-seeded Orange (28-6), who finished second in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, struggled all game against the swarming Dayton defense, missing all 10 attempts from beyond the arc, while the Flyers hit seven times from long range.
Dayton is the only team to have upset two Top 25 teams in the NCAA Tournament Second and Third Rounds. In fact, the Flyers have won three straight against ranked opponents and improved to 5-2 against the Top 25 this season.
UD's defense was the story in this contest. Syracuse went 0-for-10 from three-point range. Syracuse's streak of 665 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was snapped. Their last game without a 3 was March 10, 1995 against Providence.