HARTFORD, Conn. -- Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut beat No. 6 Syracuse 66-58 on Wednesday night in the last scheduled game between the national powers.
After the game, SU head coach Jim Boeheim criticized ESPN reporter Andy Katz for reporting on details involving Orange forward James Southerland's recent academic suspension. Boeheim called Katz an "idiot" and a "disloyal person." Katz said during ESPN's telecast that Southerland was under investigation for two paragraphs he had written in a recent term paper.Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East although the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked.
There is no chance they would meet again this postseason as Connecticut has been banned from the Big East and NCAA tournaments as part of a punishment for failing to post a passable APR score.
Their last game was a close one until Calhoun started hitting from beyond the 3-point line.
He started the run with a 3 that gave the Huskies (17-6, 7-4 Big East) the lead for good at 45-42 with 9:49 to play.