After a first half in which No. 3 Syracuse and No. 11 Dayton combined to score a tournament-low 38 points, it looked like we were in for a snoozer. But both squads picked up their level of play in the final 20 minutes to provide a thrilling finish. Ultimately, Dayton hit enough free throws down the stretch to upset Syracuse, 55-53, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Sophomore Dyshawn Pierre scored a team-high 14 points for the Flyers and Jordan Sibert added 10. Orange freshman Tyler Ennis poured in a game-high 19 points. Syracuse now has six all-time losses to teams seeded 11th or lower, tied with Oklahoma for most in history.
The Flyers will play in their first Sweet 16 since 1984, when the field was 53 teams and No. 1 and No. 2 seeds received first-round byes.
This three-pointer by Sibert gave the Flyers a six-point lead with 49 seconds left and it looked like all she wrote for the Orange.
But freshman standout Tyler Ennis scored 11 straight points in the final minutes to get the Orange within two points with seven seconds remaining. Ennis went for the win on a three-pointer as time expired, but it wouldn’t fall to keep the Orange out of the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011.