How Sweet It Is! Syracuse advances to Sweet 16 after shocking Michigan State in Detroit
The Syracuse Orange are headed to the Sweet 16 for the 19th time in program history.
In a shocking upset, the Orange took down Michigan State, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, 55-53.
Led by Tyus Battle's 17 points, the Orange fought back from trailing by six points in the second half, to take the lead for good.
Battle knocked down a contested jump shot with under a minute to play, pushing Syracuse's lead to 52-49.
After trading free throws, Syracuse junior center Paschal Chukwu had a chance for a pair from the charity stripe with a 1-point lead.
Chukwu made the first, but missed the second.
With two seconds remaining, Michigan State's Cassius Winston grabbed the rebound and heaved up a halfcourt shot at the buzzer, but was too strong off the backboard.
The Orange had escaped with the 55-53 win.
"It was a great effort," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after the game. "I'm really -- it is very tough to play three games in five days at this level against the physicality. We knew they were going to get us on the boards. They really got us on the boards. These guys just battled the whole game. I'm really proud of them."
Syracuse advances to the Sweet 16 where it will meet ACC rival Duke from Omaha, Nebraska on Friday. Game time is set for 9:35 p.m. on Friday and will be nationally televised on CBS5.