It was a historic night at Madison Square Garden, a Big East basketball tournament thriller that started in prime time Thursday night and didn't end until the early hours of Friday morning.
Simply put, the 127-117 victory by Syracuse over UConn, was a terrific battle of wills and stamina and was a six overtime battle that counted for 70 basketball minutes and nearly four hours of real time. It was the first six-overtime game in Big East history and the longest game in NCAA competition in 28 years.
In the end, both teams were spent, exhausted. Three starters from each team had fouled out and in the end, Syracuse was able to take advantage of the missing Hasheem Thabeet, A.J. Price and Stanley Robinson from the UConn lineup. The Orange never led in the first five overtimes but took over in the sixth five-minute test.
"I've never been more proud of any team I've ever had," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim afterward
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(this article is by Tom Edrington)