The Syracuse men’s basketball team is riding high after its big win over the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Monday, January 14. Syracuse was able to knock off the nation’s No. 1 team in overtime, 95-91. The Orange outscored the Blue Devils 10-6 in the overtime period to secure the win.
After the game, it was time for an epic locker room celebration.
Syracuse took to social media to share video of the team’s post-game celebration where everyone had a smile on their face in the locker rooms at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Orange entered the game as 17-point underdogs, a message that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reportedly had written on a board at the team hotel during their pre-game meeting.
“17-point underdogs. That’s how much people respect you guys right now,’’ Boeheim reportedly said, via Syracuse.com.
The message motivated players before they took the court.
“I felt like that really lit a fire under everybody,’’ sophomore Oshae Brissett said. “It definitely lit a fire under me. I was ready to get going from the jump. I don’t like seeing stuff like that.’’
Syracuse forward Elijah Hughes added: “It pisses you off. It gets you mad. It gets you ready.’’
In the end, it all paid off.
Syracuse was led by a 32-point effort from Tyus Battle, who added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The games leading scorer was Duke’s Zion Williams, who put up 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The Blue Devils will now have to wait on an injury update on guard Tre Jones who left the first half with a shoulder injury. It was Duke’s first home loss as the No. 1 team in the nation since 2006.