The mystery of the zone and a huge advantage in the backcourt lifted the Syracuse Orange past the No. 1 seed Indiana Hoosiers 61-50 in the NCAA’s East Region semifinals on Thursday here at the Verizon Center.
Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense held Indiana to just 34 percent (16-for-48) shooting from the field. The Hoosiers made just three of their 15 shots from 3-point range. The 50 points were the lowest total of the entire season for Indiana.
“I thought that our defense has been good all year and tonight it was really good,’’ Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.