Boston College celebrates after beating undefeated Syracuse on Wednesday. (Reuters)
SYRACUSE, NY -- Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson coolly sank four foul shots in the final 26 seconds of overtime as the Eagles stunned No. 1 and previously unbeaten Syracuse University 62-59 on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange dropped to 25-1 overall and 12-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Boston College improved to 7-19, 3-10.
Guard Olivier Hanlan paced the Eagles with 20 points while guard C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 20 as well.
With the Eagles nursing a 58-57 lead with 26 seconds left, Jackson dropped in a set of foul shots for a 60-57 cushion.
Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas hit a layup with 21 seconds remaining to bring the Orange within a point. But Jackson added two more at the charity stripe with 11 seconds left, and Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney's attempt to tie the game with a 3-pointer with six seconds left misfired.
Guard Patrick Heckmann lifted the Eagles back on top with 44 seconds left on a layup for a 58-57 Boston College advantage. Syracuse guard C.J. Fair failed on his bid to put the Orange back on top when he missed a running shot with 29 seconds remaining.
Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis hung three points on the scoreboard to push his team up 57-56 with 1:12 left in overtime. His fast-break layup tied the game at 56 with 2:12 left, and a minute later he drained a foul shot for the slim, temporary lead.
Heckmann bottomed out another 3-pointer with 2:55 left in overtime to pad Boston College's lead to 56-52. But Orange forward Rakeem Christmas hit two foul shots to slice the deficit to 56-54.
Hanlan got his team off to a running start at the beginning of the extra period with a 3-pointer, but Fair countered in quick fashion that pulled the Orange within a point with 4:16 remaining.
The Orange had the last two cracks at ending the game in regulation. Ennis missed a layup with 27 ticks left but grabbed the offensive rebound.
After an Orange timeout, forward Rakeem Christmas misfired on a jumper with two seconds left.
Hanlan tied the contest by cutting through the Syracuse defense for an easy lay-in with 47 seconds left for a 50-50 draw. That was the answer to Syracuse forward Jerami Grant's short, spinning jumper that put his team up 50-48 with 1:17 left.
Grant brought his team within a point on a free throw with 3:15 remaining. Christmas added one more foul shot with 2:23 remaining to even the score at 48-all.
Heckmann set up the late drama with a steal and a layup that pushed his team ahead 48-46 with 3:15 remaining. That cut off a mini-run by Ennis, who tied the game at 46 on a jumper with 5:56 remaining and a layup 44 seconds later.
The Eagles scrapped back from a six-point deficit halfway through the second half to tie the game at 41 with 8:07 remaining. Forward Ryan Anderson sank a jumper with 10:20 left to draw the Eagles within 38-34, and Christmas responded with a foul shot.
Hanlan was successful on two foul shots to edge the Eagles within 39-36. Christmas returned the favor with two free throws of his own to make in 41-36 with 9:09 left.
But Eagles guard Joe Rahon hit a three and Anderson dropped in a layup to reset the scoreboard at 41 apiece heading into the game's home stretch.
Syracuse led 25-17 after a first half in which both teams stumbled through stretches of unimpressive marksmanship.
NOTES: Former Syracuse star Dwayne "Pearl" Washington was honored by the school at halftime. ... Orange C Baye Moussa Keita returned after missing two games with a sprained right knee. ... The Eagles were making their first visit to the Carrier Dome since 2004.