Syracuse's block after controversial call seals victory, Elite Eight bid

When Syracuse was announced as a No. 10 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, people said the Orange didn't deserve a spot in the field of 68. 

After blitzing Middle Tennessee in the second round, Syracuse's spot in the Sweet 16 was discredited by many since it got to avoid a matchup with Michigan State. 

After Michael Gbinije gave Syracuse a late lead off an offensive rebound during an ugly final three minutes that saw the Orange close the game with a 9-1 run, the Orange nearly lost their shot to play in the Elite Eight because of a call that could not be overturned. 

But the ball didn't lie, and Syracuse will play Virginia in an all-ACC Elite Eight matchup on Sunday in Chicago. 

First, Gbinije's offensive rebound and bucket to give Syracuse it's first lead since early in the second half. 

Then Trevor Cooney recovered a steal near the sideline with 11 seconds left; so incredibly close that you had to peak at the review to see if the senior guard kept his Nike in bounds. He did, but the officials gave the ball to Gonzaga

But the ball didn't lie, and Gonzaga's next try was blocked by Tyler Lydon. The freshman big man went on to hit two free throws to ice the 63-60 win for Syracuse, sending the Orange back to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2013. 

Trevor Cooney was called out of bounds on this play but Syracuse responded. (USATSI)
Trevor Cooney was called out of bounds on this play but Syracuse responded. (USATSI)

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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