(4) Syracuse Punches Ticket To Final Four


Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  The Orange are headed to Atlanta.

James Southerland scored 16 points as (4) Syracuse bounced (3) Marquette 55-39, punching their ticket to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. 

Syracuse has not reached the Final Four since 2003, when they won the National Championship.

“When you bounce back like that, that says a lot about your kids, your team and your character,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “This is a heck of a bounce back.”

C.J. Fair added 13 points for Syracuse (30-9), who used their stifling zone defense to hold the Golden Eagles to just 22.6 percent shooting.

“They beat us from start to finish. We collectively tried everything we knew to try,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “It is the zone, and it is the players in the zone.”

Vander Blue and Davante Gardner paced Marquette (26-9), with 14 points each.

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