The Syracuse Orange defeated 12-seed California 66-60 in front of a Golden Bear-biased crowd on Saturday night in the Round of 32, and will advance to the Sweet 16.
The Orange shot well from the outside in the first half, going 4-7 from three-point range. SU led at halftime 32-24. After averaging 19 points during the regular season, California's Allen Crabbe, Pac-12 Player of the Year, scored just three points in the first half.
California made it interesting in the second half, staying around ten points away from the Orange. But, Baye Moussa Keita made a huge dunk with less than a minute to play, which made the deficit too much for the Golden Bears. California's Richard Solomon recorded a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
C.J. Fair scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Orange in the victory, while James Southerland scored 14 points and had nine rebounds as well.
The Orange plays the winner of Indiana and Temple in the Sweet 16 next week in Washington D.C.