West Virginia 69, (20) Syracuse 74

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WVU (23-11) 29 34 6 69
#20 SYR (26-8) 36 27 11 74


9:30 PM ET, March 13, 2009
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

Only one overtime is needed as Syracuse advances past West Virginia

Syracuse Needs OT To Top West Virginia
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Syracuse's Jonny Flynn (10) is fouled while shooting against Wellington Smith, right, and Alex Ruoff late in regulation during a semifinal NCAA college basketball game at the Big East men's tournament Friday, March 13, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Syracuse won 74-69 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Team Stat Comparison
Points 69 74
FG Made-Attempted 25-53 (.472) 27-64 (.422)
3P Made-Attempted 8-25 (.320) 10-28 (.357)
FT Made-Attempted 11-14 (.786) 10-17 (.588)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 9
Game Leaders
PointsD. Ebanks 22E. Devendorf 23
ReboundsD. Ebanks 6K. Ongenaet 10
AssistsA. Ruoff 7J. Flynn 9
StealsD. Ebanks 3K. Ongenaet 4
BlocksD. Ebanks 1K. Ongenaet 1
 · Team Stats: West Virginia | Syracuse
Game Flow
2008-09 Season
Feb 4, 2009 @SYR 74, WVU 61Recap | Box Score
· Mar 13, 2009 @SYR 74, WVU 69Recap | Box Score
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 · Complete Schedule: West Virginia | Syracuse
Big East Conference Standings
#5 Louisville16-228-5
#2 Pittsburgh15-328-4
#4 Connecticut15-327-4
#13 Villanova13-526-7
#21 Marquette12-624-9
#20 Syracuse11-726-9
West Virginia10-823-11
Notre Dame8-1018-14
Seton Hall7-1117-15
St. John's6-1216-17
South Florida4-149-22
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Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Syracuse went five more minutes instead of five more overtimes.

The Orange (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP), less than 24 hours after winning the second-longest Division I game ever, played just one extra period in a 74-69 victory over West Virginia on Friday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

Fast Facts

• Syracuse advances to its 14th championship game where it will face No. 5 Louisville.

• The Orange has won 13 of its last 15 games vs. West Virginia.

• Syracuse has played 115 minutes of basketball in its last two games.

• West Virginia has held every team under 80 points this season.

-- ESPN research

Instead of people running for the history books to compare its win as it did after beating Connecticut 127-117 in six overtimes in the quarterfinals, Syracuse had a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden shaking its heads when regulation ended in a tie.

The Orange (26-8) will face top-seeded and fifth-ranked Louisville in the championship game Saturday night. The Cardinals advanced to their first title game with a 69-55 victory over fourth-seeded and Villanova (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP).

It will be Syracuse's 14th championship game and first since 2006 when it beat Pittsburgh for its fifth title. A year earlier, Gerry McNamara led the Orange on a memorable four-game run to a championship many thought would never be matched for drama. They were wrong.

Eric Devendorf had 23 points, one more than he had in 61 minutes in the classic win over Connecticut, for sixth-seeded Syracuse. Jonny Flynn, who had 34 points and 11 assists in 67 minutes in Thursday's win over the third-ranked and third-seeded Huskies, had 15 points and nine assists Friday.

Freshman Devin Ebanks, who sent the game into overtime with two free throws with 4.8 seconds left in regulation, had 22 points and Da'Sean Butler added 21 for the seventh-seeded Mountaineers (23-11).

West Virginia was trying to get to its second title game, the other being a 68-59 loss to McNamara and his band of overachieving teammates in 2005.

This Syracuse team may be better than the one four years ago, but it's certainly making a run at matching it for drama.

Unlike the epic game, when Syracuse took its only lead after regulation at the start of the sixth overtime, the Orange took the lead right away in the only one Friday when Devendorf found Paul Harris for a layup 35 seconds in to make it 65-63. Flynn scored on a drive and added two free throws to make it 69-63, but West Virginia was back within one when Ebanks made two free throws with 20 seconds left.

Harris made the first of two free throws after being fouled on the inbounds. Darryl Bryant's 3-point attempt was partially blocked by Devendorf, who went down for a layup with 7.5 seconds left that ended any thoughts of a second straight marathon.

Devendorf almost ended Thursday's game in regulation when he hit a shot from about 30 feet as time ran out. An official review showed it came too late.

Against West Virginia, Devendorf long-range heroics came a lot sooner and counted. Bryant hit a 3 with 2 seconds left in the half to bring the Mountaineers within 33-29, but Devendorf took the inbounds pass, set himself and drained a 50-footer that he got off in time.

Syracuse's second overtime win ended at 11:52 p.m., 90 minutes before the Orange left the court against Connecticut.

Men's Basketball Scores

Other Scores:

Friday, March 13th
Virginia Tech 76 Final
1 North Carolina 79
Houston 49 Final
3 Memphis 74
13 Villanova 55 Final
5 Louisville 69
Minnesota 56 Final
6 Michigan State 64
Boston College 65 Final
8 Duke 66
Maryland 75 Final
9 Wake Forest 64
23 Arizona State 75 Final
10 Washington 65
USC 65 Final
14 UCLA 55
Oklahoma State 59 Final
15 Missouri 67
Kentucky 58 Final
16 LSU 67
Temple 55 Final
19 Xavier 53
West Virginia 69 Final
20 Syracuse 74 OT
Georgia Tech 62 Final
22 Florida State 64
Penn State 65 Final
24 Purdue 79
Michigan 50 Final
25 Illinois 60