(DURHAM, N.C.) — Freshman phenom Jabari Parker scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 5 Duke outlasted top-ranked Syracuse 66-60.
Rodney Hood added 13 points and drew a key charge for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 ACC), who avenged their overtime loss to Syracuse earlier this season at the Carrier Dome.
Duke was clinging to a 60-58 lead in the final few seconds when Orange forward C.J. Fair drove the lane and hit what was believed to be the game-tying layup. Official Tony Greene whistled Fair for a game-changing offensive foul.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim stormed the court to argue the call, but he was charged with two technical fouls and ejected from the game. Quinn Cook iced the game for Duke with three free throws.
“I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that’s all,” Boeheim said. “I hated to see the game decided on that call.”
Jerami Grant led the Orange (25-2, 12-2) with 17 points while Fair added 13. Syracuse has now lost two straight after starting the season 25-0.
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