What Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse stuns Michigan State to reach Sweet 16

Cassius Winston’s half-court heave was off the mark and No. 11 Syracuse (22-13) hung on to shock No. 3 Michigan State (30-4) 55-53 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament from the Midwest Region.

Syracuse’s victory sets up an ACC matchup against No. 2 Duke (28-7) on Friday in the Sweet 16.

Per Daily Press reporter David Teel, Syracuse joins LSU (1987) and Virginia (1984) as the only at-large teams with losing conference records to win at least three tournament games.

Syracuse defeated Arizona State in the First Four and TCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Could the Orange be headed for some Cinderella deja vu?

The last time Syracuse was in the NCAA Tournament (2016), as a No. 10 seed they advanced to the Final Four before being knocked out by North Carolina.

Tyus Battle scored a game-high 17 points for the Orange. Winston finished with 15 points for the Spartans.

Syracuse shot just 1-of-8 from the 3-point line but held Michigan State to 25.8 percent overall.

A pair of free throws from Marek Dolezaj with 4:23 left gave Syracuse the final lead change in what was a defensive battle.

After a free throw by Michigan State, Battle’s jumper put Syracuse ahead 52-49 with 1:45 remaining.

Michigan State had plenty of opportunities to tie, including two 3-point attempts by Miles Bridges, but ended the game missing its last 14 shots from the field, with no field goals in the final 5:43 after a jump shot from Winston.

Yet with two seconds left, Paschal Chukwu missed the back end of a set of free throws with Syracuse up two to open the door for Michigan State.

When Winston launched a shot from beyond half court that was off the mark, the Orange could finally exhale.

Michigan State took a 25-22 lead into halftime on a miraculous double pump bank-shot 3-pointer at the buzzer by Matt McQuaid.

In this season’s first meeting, Duke defeated visiting Syracuse 60-44 on Feb. 24.

Here’s what Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after Sunday’s victory against Michigan State:

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