The Syracuse Orange's NCAA Tournament hopes had all but vanished Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome, as the home team trailed by eight points with less than four minutes remaining in regulation to the 9-13 Virginia Tech Hokies.
With SU's body language at an season low, head coach Jim Boeheim had no choice but to go to the full-court press to try to get his team back into the game. What happened next was one of the best Syracuse comebacks in recent history, which was helped by an epic Hokie collapse.
Here's how the final four minutes went down, starting with the Orange down eight points with just under four minutes remaining. A bad pass from Virginia Tech lead to a transition lay up by Ron Patterson, who bring SU within six points with 3:36 to go.
Trailing 66-60, Michael Gbinije gets a steal and then sinks a free throw to bring Virginia Tech's lead down to five points.
Down 66-61 with about three minutes to go, Syracuse traps to force a Va Tech turnover. The turnvoer leads to a tip-in bucket by Tyler Roberson, who trims the Hokies' lead to three points with 2:50 to go.
Trailing by three, Syracuse forces Virginia Tech into a bad shot, which leads to another Patterson layup that cuts the Hokies lead to 66-65 with 2:26 to go.
Va Tech's two possessions, under two minutes remaining, up two points, were pretty bad.
The sequence of plays that lead to Syracuse knotting the game up at 70-70.
With the game tied, Virginia Tech continues to self-destruct.
Gbinije's game-winning basket in realtime and slow motion.