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Duke's Tyler Thornton (3) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday.

No. 2 Syracuse beats No. 17 Duke 91-89 in OT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim’s No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski’s No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.

Coach K said before the game that he hoped the highly anticipated matchup lived up to its billing. After the Orange withstood a tying 3-pointer in regulation and won before a Carrier Dome record crowd of 35,446, Boeheim said it certainly did.

“We’ve had a lot of games that have been here that are great. There’s never been one as good as this one,” Boeheim said.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. The Orange remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.

Syracuse students camped out in the cold and were part of a crowd that was charged up from the start for the first ACC meeting between these longtime powers.

Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3). The Blue Devils, who had won five in a row, get their chance to avenge the loss in three weeks when the teams meet again at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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