Syracuse Basketball: Orange Shocked in OT by Villanova 75-71

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIJanuary 26, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange forward C.J. Fair (5) is defended by Villanova Wildcats guard James Bell (32) during the first half at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Apparently, the Syracuse Orange didn't realize their game against Villanova had an 11 a.m. ET start time. The Orange looked sluggish, going down 10-0 out of the gate. Despite how they looked at the beginning, the Orange put it together in the second half to come back but ended up losing 75-71 in overtime.

Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono nailed a game-tying three in the finals seconds of regulation.

James Bell had eight overtime points, including two three-pointers. He finished with 13 in the game.

The Orange didn't make their first bucket until almost four minutes into the game. Villanova's largest lead of the first half was 12.

Guard Darren Hilliard started off hot and led the Wildcats on offense. He made the first seven points of the ballgame. He finished the game with 24 points and went 3-of-6 from three-point land.

The Wildcats were able to out-rebound the Orange, who are one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. Villanova grabbed 44 boards, led by Mouphtaou Yarou, who grabbed 17. He had a double-double with 14 points.

Syracuse, which was averaging 42 rebounds a game, had just 35 on Saturday.

'Cuse went on a run late in the half and went into the break down six. The Orange shot just 30 percent from the floor.

Senior guard Brandon Triche led all Orange scorers with 25 points. Freshman forward Jerami Grant, who has taken over for the suspended James Southerland, added 12 points and five rebounds before fouling out with just over five minutes left in the game.

Syracuse had a big advantage at the foul line, getting 35 shots. The Wildcats took 30 foul shots and only shot 60 percent. Typically an issue for the Orange, they shot 68.6  percent from the line. Though the overall percentage was better than usual, Triche and Michael Carter-Williams both missed key foul shots late in overtime.

The Orange struggled in the extra period, scoring just 10 points. They shot just 33.9 percent from the floor for the game.