As the clock finally hit zeros, Huskies coach Dan Hurley shook hands with the legendary Orange coach Jim Boeheim as he had just completed what Boeheim had done so many times before. Hurley led the team that he had taken over just three regular season games ago to a huge win over a ranked opponent.
Number 15 Syracuse was handed its first loss of the season Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden against a clearly underrated Huskies team by a final score of 83-76. Up by just four with just 3:40 left in the second half, the Huskies went on to stretch the lead to nine using strong defense and hitting their free throws.
UCONN was led by both guard Jalen Adams and guard Alterique Gilbert who each dropped 16 and were co-leading scorers for the Huskies. Adams added eight rebounds and four assists to an impressive stat line and Gilbert totaled six rebounds to eight assists. Forward Eric Cobb was also huge for UCONN adding 13 boards off the bench.
The orange comeback attempt fell short in the fourth quarter but was primarily fueled by guard Jalen Carey who led all scorers with 26 points. Carey has been a huge piece of Syracuse’s opening games as he was expected to be as a top recruit this year.
With the upset, UCCON now boasts an impressive win on their resume as they begin their quest to be a ranked team this season after a 3-0 start. Syracuse will most definitely drop in the rankings after losing their first game and dropping to 2-1 on the young season.
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