Just how wacky was the Syracuse Orange’s overtime period in the win over the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday? You already know the Orange scored more points in overtime (20) than the second half (19) but here’s some other interesting stats:
- Syracuse made six field goals in the overtime on seven shots. In the second half the Orange made six field goals on 22 shots.
- The Orange hit five three-point field goals in overtime on six shots. This came after they shot 4-for-13 in the first half and 3-for-11 from behind the arc. Virginia made two out of three from deep in the overtime, after shooting 2-for-11 and 3-for-17 on three-point attempts in the first and second half respectively,
- Buddy Boeheim made one shot in each of the first two halfs. He hit three field goals in overtime. His only missed shot in overtime was a free throw. Boeheim’s nine OT points are well short of the NCAA record of seventeen which was set by Ron Williams of Howard in 2003 and matched by David Hawkins of Temple in 2004.
- What about Buddy’s “shot-clock beatin’ half-court heavin’ bankin off the glass sending Virginia back on their ass” shot? Not only was the shot something else but upon closer look after Joe Girard dribbled for fourteen seconds trying to get open agaisnt Kihei Clark it looks like he’s trying to get the ball to Elijah Hughes when Buddy steps in front of the pass
THE BANK WAS OPEN FOR BUDDY BOEHEIM pic.twitter.com/wifi69Mk3i— ESPN (@espn) January 11, 2020
How did Saturday’s game compare to the most famous Syracuse basketball overtime game?
- In the six-overtime game, Syracuse scored 56 points in the extra sessions and combined with UConn’s 46 points set the total overtime record with 102 points. At the pace they scored on Saturday, the Orange would have scored 120 points in a six-overtime game.
- The Orange’s highest overtime total in the 6th overtime that night in MSG was when they scored 17 points — 10 of those points came from the foul line.
- The NCAA Division I record for points in a five-minute overtime is twenty-six scored by Vermont against Hartford in 1998. The record for combined overtime points is forty-five scored by VCU and Texas A&M in 2000.
This game will definitely be one of the more memorable Syracuse regular-season games thanks to the sheer ridiculousness of the five-minute overtime period.