Syracuse rally falls short, St. Bonaventure wins after controversial call
You could make the case that Syracuse Basketball lost to St. Bonaventure for a number of reasons, but one moment in overtime will stand out above the rest.
With Syracuse down by one, Oshae Brissett drove down the lane and scored, or so everyone thought.
Officials called a charge on Brissett much to his and Jim Boeheim's disbelief. Syracuse had to foul after that, and even though the Orange had a late chance to tie the charge was the turning point of the loss.
St. Bonaventure won 60-57 for the first time ever in the Carrier Dome.
"I don't talk about referees" Jim Boeheim said of the call.
"You know he stuck his hip out, flopped, ref called it, you know sometimes stuff's gonna happen like that. Out of my control" Brissett said.
With the loss, the Orange falls to 10-2 on the season with one more out of conference game against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.
The Bonnies were paced early by Jaylen Adams who scored 21 in the first stanza. The Orange completely shut him down in the second half, he didn't score another field goal, just two free throws in overtime.
Syracuse found itself in familiar territory in the second half, down by 13 points. The same margin it trailed Georgetown last Saturday.
But unlike that thrilling rally, the Orange fell just short this time.
Paschal Chukwu scored a basket with a foul shot to tie the game at 53. The Orange had the last possession of regulation but three shot attempts did not fall forcing overtime.
It's a loss that stings, but the Orange has overcome worse losses to worse teams and enjoyed successful seasons and postseasons. For starters, the Bonnies are a solid team that sports an RPI in the top-50.
Orange players will take some time off to be with their respective families. The next practice traditionally has been Christmas night for the Orange.