Feb 25, 2012; Storrs, CT, USA; Syracuse Orange forward James Southerland (43) and guard Dion Waiters (3) react after a play in the first half as Connecticut Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels (2) heads to the bench at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Syracuse 71, UConn 69: Jeremy Lamb, Huskies Fall Short In Upset Bid

On Saturday night, Jeremy Lamb and the UConn Huskies had an upset on their mind, but Kris Joseph (21 points) and the Syracuse Orange were to much in the end, taking home the 71-69 win at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT.

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UConn Vs. Syracuse Final Score: Joseph, Orange Just Too Much For Huskies

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) - Kris Joseph scored a game-high 21 points as No. 2 Syracuse escaped Gampel Pavilion with a 71-69 victory over Connecticut to clinch the Big East regular-season title.

Saturday's narrow decision also marked a milestone for Orange head coach Jim Boeheim, who earned his 400th career Big East conference win.

Fab Melo added 11 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse (29-1, 16-1 Big East), including the go-ahead dunk in the final minute to lift the Orange to their ninth straight win.

Jeremy Lamb netted 19 points to lead the Huskies (17-11, 7-9), who lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Andre Drummond contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.

Syracuse held a 43-29 advantage at the break and Joseph opened the second half with a three-pointer to give the Orange their largest lead of the game, but Connecticut would not go quietly.

The Huskies started their comeback attempt with a 17-8 run to close the gap to 54-46 with 13:29 left in the game.

A pair of Joseph free throws followed by a Scoop Jardine layup extended Syracuse's lead back to 11 before the Huskies reeled off a 14-3 swing to knot the game at 63 on Drummond's layup with 4:18 remaining in the contest.

Connecticut would not take the lead, though, as back-to-back layups by Joseph and Melo put the Orange back on top.

The Huskies battled back to tie the game at 69 with 47 seconds left when Roscoe Smith followed up a Ryan Boatright miss with a tip-in, but Melo's put- back slam on the other end made it a 71-69 contest with half a minute remaining in the game.

Boatright's three-point attempt on Connecticut's ensuing possession was partially blocked by Dion Waiters, but the loose ball was deflected out of bounds by Syracuse with 13.3 seconds showing on the clock.

Then, coming out of a timeout, Smith's off-balance shot while being harassed in the lane was turned aside by C.J. Fair to seal the victory for Syracuse.

After Drummond's dunk gave the Huskies a 6-5 lead three minutes into the first half, Connecticut would never have the lead again, as the Orange answered with a 20-5 run to jump out to a 25-10 lead and take control of the game.

Connecticut trailed by at least nine for the remainder of the half as they shot just 36.7 percent from the floor en route to a 43-29 deficit at the half.

Game Notes

Syracuse leads the all-time series, 53-36...The Orange improved to 9-1 on the road this season, including an 8-1 mark in Big East road contests...UConn fell to 12-4 at home and 4-4 in Big East home games...Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun missed his seventh straight game with a worsening spinal stenosis, a lower back condition. He has missed 28 games in his 26-year tenure as the Huskies' coach. UConn is 14-14 in those contests.

For more UConn coverage, visit our team page and blog, The UConn Blog


UConn Vs. Syracuse Score Update: Huskies Struggle In First Half

The UConn Huskies offense struggled to get going in the first half of their home contest against Big East-best Syracuse, with the Orange coasting to a 43-29 lead.

Jeremy Lamb was the only Husky to score in double figures, notching 12 points. UConn also struggled to keep up with the Orange on the boards, losing the rebounding battle 21-13.

Kris Joseph led Syracuse with 12 first half points.

Jim Calhoun remains away from the UConn bench with lower back issues, and the Huskies hope for him to return later this season. A win would push UConn back to .500 in Big East conference play and add an important victory to their NCAA Tournament resume.

Syracuse clinched the top seed in the Big East tournament earlier in the day by virtue of Notre Dame's loss to St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

For more on UConn basketball, visit our blog The UConn Blog.


UConn Vs. Syracuse: Huskies Look To Upset Second Ranked Orange

The Connecticut Huskies will look to upset the second-ranked Syracuse Orange on Saturday night.

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