(WASHINGTON) — The trademark defense of Syracuse came to play on Thursday night.
Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points, the Orange held top-seed Indiana to 33 percent shooting, and Syracuse defeated the Hoosiers 61-50 at the Verizon Center to advance to the Elite 8.
Syracuse (29-9) frustrated the Hoosiers all night and forced 18 turnovers. “Our perimeter defense was tremendous,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “This is one of our best defensive teams ever. They play it well.”
The Orange built a 12-point halftime lead on the strength of Carter-Williams and C.J. Fair, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Indiana (29-7) saw their season come to an end after being ranked No. 1 for much of the year. “Let’s face facts. We haven’t seen a zone like that,” Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said. “They’re very good. They’re where they’re at for a reason.”
Syracuse will face Marquette in the East Region finals on Saturday.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN