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Syracuse played their worst game of the year at the worst time. Throughout the game they forced shots, couldn't handle the ball and made terrible decisions. The Orange trailed by 10 points at the half but came back to take a four point lead late in the second half. Then it all fell apart.
The absence of Arinze Onuaku was clearly a factor in the game but Syracuse was still in position to win down the stretch. It was the bad decision making and rushing of three point shots that did them in. Rick Jackson's inability to hold on to the basketball also was a big factor.
What makes the tournament so great is that you never know who can win on any given night. Sadly for Syracuse fans, games like this have almost become the norm for the Orange in late March. It is a disappointing end to a great season, to say the least.