Written By: Kenny Mauss

In a classic Big East battle between two bitter rivals, the Orangemen of Syracuse were able to hold off the Huskies of UConn. Led by Wes Johnson, Syracuse was able to win its 11th straight game and 10th straight inside of Big East conference play.  Rick Jackson led the Orange with 15 points while Jerome Dyson paced the Huskies with 19 points.

Late in the 2nd half, with Syracuse clinging to a small lead, Jim Boeheim was granted a controversial timeout as Scoop Jardine drove down the lane. Boeheim was visibly angry with his star point guard for taking the ball to the basket with little over a minute remaining in the game. He could be seen lecturing the young court general telling him, “That could have cost us the game!” Fortunately for Boeheim’s Orangemen, The Orange were 23-28 from the Free Throw line, and 6-6 in the waning minutes to hold on vs. Connecticut.

This game meant a lot more to the desperate Huskies than to the high flying Orangemen. Wins like this will continue to prove the legitimacy of this 2010 Syracuse team. Upcoming games versus arch-rival Georgetown and the upstart Villanova Wildcats will either propel Syracuse into the Big East Conference tournament and NCAA tournament, or potentially put a damper on their status as national title contenders come March.

Overall, it was a great win for this young team. The wins keep flowing as Syracuse is now 24-1 overall with a 12-1 record in conference play.