Boston College handed #1 Syracuse its first defeat of the 2013-14 season, a 62-59 overtime stunner at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. The win ended a five-game losing streak for a BC team that has only won two games in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, both against Virginia Tech. It was an emotional victory for the Eagles, who were wearing “DK” patches on their jerseys in honor of longtime sports information director Dick Kelley, who passed away on February 13 after a battle with ALS.
The unlikeliness of BC’s upset is best reflected in the folowing stat: its 19 losses are the most ever by a team to beat the top-ranked team in the AP standings. The Orange had won their first 25 games by an average of 11.8 points, but had beaten their last two rivals, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State, by a total of just three points. In these teams’ first meeting, Syracuse prevailed 69-59 at the Conte Forum on January 13.