Six Overtimes

Lets go back to  March 12, 2009 Syracuse vs UConn, a game that lasted 4 hours, longest in Big East history.   One of the greatest games I ever witnessed, refused to turn it off until it was over, 1:22 am to be exact. This was one of those games that made you call somebody and ask them were they watching, regardless of the time. Cuse won the game 127-118, Johnny Flynn dropped 34 buckets, 11 dimes and played 67 minutes (70 minute game).

The crazy thing about this game is that it almost didn't go into extra periods. Eric Devendorf caught a deflected pass and jacked a 28 foot jumper as time expired that went in. Devendorf then went to jump on the scores table gloating and beating his chest in front of the Garden fans. Thank god for replay though. The refs went to the scorers table to review the shot and waved it off, making Devendorf celebrations very premature. Before that play, Kemba Walker actually tied the game up with a sweet lay-up, 71-71. Each overtime after that seem to end with suspense. After the 1st Kemba missed a three and a mid-court heave that hit the back of the rim to end the 2nd. Andy Rauntins tied the game in the 3rd after UConn led the whole period while Aj Price missed a layup in the 4th and a trey ball in the 5th. Games like this is why I love sports. There is nothing in the world better than a great competitive battle between two teams, exactly what this game was.

 Kemba Walker laid out ton the court after Johnny Flynn hits two free throws to send it into a 6th overtime.  Michael Heiman/Getty Images

Kemba Walker laid out ton the court after Johnny Flynn hits two free throws to send it into a 6th overtime. Michael Heiman/Getty Images

Some game Facts:

  •  Eight players fouled out of the game -- four on each team.
  • The teams combined for 103 field-goal attempts and 102 points in OT (211 total attempts in the game).
  • Syracuse shot 23-for-26 from the line in overtime (17-25 prior to OT).
  • Connecticut was 11-for-22 from the free-throw line in regulation.
  • Syracuse never led in overtime prior to the sixth extra period
  • 6 players recorded double- doubles
  • 8 players fouled out
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