Ottawa (WSYR-TV) The Orange knew they were in for a tough game Friday night and it turned out to be about as tough as they come, which is the kind of challenge Jim Boeheim was looking for.
The Hall of Fame coach was fired up as he got a technical early on during the game.
Boeheim didn’t appear to be happy with the way his team was performing so he tried to ignite a little emotion.
Carleton jumped out to a 20-13 lead in the first half led by the three-point shooting of Victor Razo and Clinton Springer-Williams.
At the half, Carelton led ‘Cuse by nine and that deficit grew to as many as 15 points in the second half.
The Orange finally put a run together led by Tyler Ennis who contributed 15 points.
With 6:30 left to play in the game, C.J. Fair re-injured his lower leg on a post move and came out as a precaution.
Fair did not return to the court.
With four minutes left in the game, Trevor Cooney gave SU to its first lead of the night.
SU was done by one point with 36 seconds left when Jerami Grant was fouled.
Grant would make one of two to tie the game.
Carleton was unable to win it with the final possession, so they headed into overtime.
Syracuse was led by Cooney and Grant during the overtime as they escaped a hard fought battle with Carleton 69-65.
Grant finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Cooney chipped in 12 points.