"We played good D but their point guard just made a good shot to send it to overtime," forward C.J. Fair said. "I knew we had a shot at coming back and winning this game. It just didn't bounce our way."
The Wildcats gave all the students standing behind each basket and dressed in white an early reason to think they would be rushing again. They opened the game on a 10-0 run and stretched the lead to 25-13. But the fun didn't last long.
Triche, a 50 percent shooter on the season, hit Syracuse's first 3-pointer of the half to slice the lead to four. He tipped in a basket at the buzzer to cut the lead to 32-26.
The next buzzer beater to end a half, Villanova was ready.
"We can't let this be our season," Hilliard said.
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