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Last-in Syracuse rallies for 60-56 win over Arizona State

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The last team to make the NCAA Tournament gets to play at least one more. Credit Syracuse's fabulous freshman forward and its legendary zone defense for getting a cringe-worthy win.

Freshman Oshae Brissett had his 13th double-double while leading Syracuse's second-half comeback, and the Orange - the last team to make the NCAA Tournament - held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four.

The 11th-seeded Orange plays No. 6 seed TCU (21-11) on Friday in Detroit in the Midwest Region.

Syracuse (21-13) had to sweat out Selection Sunday and wound up as the last one to make the bracket, relegated to the First Four. The Orange prevailed in a matchup of teams that started fast and then faded onto the tournament bubble.

''Our offense struggles,'' coach Jim Boeheim said. ''But I thought our defense has been good all year and that's where we hang our hats, on the defensive end.''

Arizona State (20-12) opened the season with 12 wins, including victories over tournament No. 1 seeds Xavier and Kansas. The Sun Devils went 8-12 the rest of the way, and their high-powered offense got shut down in their biggest game.

Arizona State scored a season low in points - only the third time it's been held under 70 all season. The Sun Devils' previous low was 64 points.

''Usually we're scoring 56 in a half, and we ended up with 56,'' coach Bobby Hurley said. ''So there were limited possessions. It was a rock fight, and we just didn't make enough shots.''

Brissett overcame a hard fall in the first half, scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds. He had a three-point play and a step-back jumper as the Orange overcame a seven-point deficit with 7 minutes left.

''I knew he was going to get back up,'' said Tyus Battle, whose 3-pointer put Syracuse ahead to stay. ''He's hit some huge shots. He's done that countless times this year.''

With a chance to take the lead, Arizona State's Shannon Evans II missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to go. Frank Howard got the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to clinch it. Kodi Justice had 15 points for Arizona State, which hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2009.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: The Orange uses only seven players and had concerns about Howard, who had a throat ailment the last few days. He hit a pair of 3s and had a steal and layup as the Orange opened with a 10-7 run. He finished with 12 points, including the clinching free throws.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils struggled against zone defenses during conference play and were facing one of the most fabled in the country. They struggled to get open shots and missed five straight as Syracuse went ahead to stay. The Sun Devils finished 11 of 32 from beyond the arc.

''There wasn't a real issue with our offense,'' Hurley said. ''Syracuse dragged us through possessions and went deep in the (shot) clock.''

MOVING UP

Boeheim got his 54th NCAA Tournament victory, tying Rick Pitino for fourth on the all-time list.

ENDING THE FADE

Like Arizona State, the Orange also did a fade during the season. Syracuse won 10 of its first 11 games, then went 10-12 to fall onto the tournament bubble for the third year in a row.

NOT THIS TIME

The Sun Devils often were at their best in the second half, averaging 44.5 points. They put up 60 in the second half against Longwood, 58 against both Xavier and Kansas, 57 against Pacific and 56 against San Diego State. This time, they were held to 28.

OUCH!

Brissett landed hard after he was fouled while shooting and stayed down for a couple of minutes. He limped on his right leg as he headed to the bench to get checked out during a timeout, then went back in the game and missed both free throws.

FULL HOUSE

The game attracted a capacity crowd of 12,732 to University of Dayton Arena, a First Four record.

UP NEXT

Syracuse hopes to duplicate its 2016 tournament run. The Orange was a No. 10 seed and reached the national semifinals, where it lost to North Carolina.

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Key Players
F. Howard
23 G
T. Holder
0 G
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
18.4 Pts. Per Game 18.4
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
37.9 Field Goal % 40.7
33.3 Three Point % 36.9
70.8 Free Throw % 83.7
+ 1 Frank Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Frank Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on Kodi Justice 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Frank Howard 3.0
  Shannon Evans II missed 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Tra Holder 14.0
  Paschal Chukwu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Paschal Chukwu made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Kodi Justice 14.0
+ 2 Mickey Mitchell made layup, assist by Tra Holder 15.0
+ 1 Paschal Chukwu made 2nd of 2 free throws 39.0
Team Stats
Points 60 56
Field Goals 20-49 (40.8%) 21-52 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 7-20 (35.0%) 11-32 (34.4%)
Free Throws 13-23 (56.5%) 3-10 (30.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 34
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 24 24
Team 4 2
Assists 10 19
Steals 5 5
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 10 9
Fouls 16 19
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST
15 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 11 Syracuse 21-13 303060
home team logo 11 Arizona State 20-12 282856
Team Stats
away team logo 11 Syracuse 21-13 71.9 PPG 42.8 RPG 12.4 APG
home team logo 11 Arizona State 20-12 83.6 PPG 49.3 RPG 15.1 APG
Key Players
11
O. Brissett F 15.6 PPG 8.4 RPG 2.1 APG 38.3 FG%
00
K. Justice G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
O. Brissett F 23 PTS 12 REB 2 AST
K. Justice G 15 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
40.8 FG% 40.4
35.0 3PT FG% 34.4
56.5 FT% 30.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Brissett 37 23 12 2 1 0 0 3 7/15 3/8 6/11 3 9
T. Battle 40 15 2 3 0 0 4 3 6/14 2/5 1/1 1 1
F. Howard 40 12 3 2 3 1 2 3 4/13 2/7 2/2 0 3
P. Chukwu 34 5 9 0 0 1 1 3 1/2 0/0 3/7 2 7
M. Dolezaj 38 5 5 3 1 0 2 3 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Brissett 37 23 12 2 1 0 0 3 7/15 3/8 6/11 3 9
T. Battle 40 15 2 3 0 0 4 3 6/14 2/5 1/1 1 1
F. Howard 40 12 3 2 3 1 2 3 4/13 2/7 2/2 0 3
P. Chukwu 34 5 9 0 0 1 1 3 1/2 0/0 3/7 2 7
M. Dolezaj 38 5 5 3 1 0 2 3 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Moyer 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
B. Sidibe 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Herlihy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 60 33 10 5 2 10 16 20/49 7/20 13/23 9 24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Justice 35 15 2 5 1 0 1 2 6/12 3/8 0/2 0 2
S. Evans II 37 14 5 3 0 0 1 2 5/13 4/12 0/0 1 4
T. Holder 35 11 6 4 1 0 4 1 4/15 3/9 0/1 2 4
R. White 25 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 2/5 2 2
V. Shibel 14 0 3 2 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Justice 35 15 2 5 1 0 1 2 6/12 3/8 0/2 0 2
S. Evans II 37 14 5 3 0 0 1 2 5/13 4/12 0/0 1 4
T. Holder 35 11 6 4 1 0 4 1 4/15 3/9 0/1 2 4
R. White 25 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 2/5 2 2
V. Shibel 14 0 3 2 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Mitchell 22 10 3 1 2 0 1 3 4/6 1/1 1/2 1 2
D. Lake 12 2 2 0 1 3 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 1
K. Lawrence 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Martin 19 0 7 4 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 6
A. Witherill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Fogerty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Salzman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Roggin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 56 32 19 5 3 9 19 21/52 11/32 3/10 8 24