The anticipation kept growing and growing as Syracuse seemed poised to pull off its biggest upset in program history. The South Carolina Gamecocks, meanwhile, were in jeopardy of losing their perfect record and their No. 1 ranking.
Diamond Henderson paused near the free throw line, faked and then calmly sank a fade away. That put Syracuse up ten points with just 6:43 left in the game.
But, eventually, the Gamecocks showed off why they are No. 1 in the country. South Carolina finished the game on an 18-4 run and held the Orange without a field goal after Henderson's floater. Syracuse (4-1) came up small in the biggest moments of the game and the Gamecocks held on for a 67-63 win in the Junkanoo Jam championship game in the Bahamas.
"Their post players are the best in the country," Quentin Hillsman said. "We had to pack our zone in and do a good job keeping them off the glass. The other things we had to do was get every loose ball and 50-50 ball. I thought we did a great job on the glass."