BUFFALO, N.Y. - The NCAA Tournament provided compelling theatre at First Niagara Center, reminiscent of the drama you might find up the street at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Fantastic finishes and some big upsets filled the bracket in Buffalo. The biggest stunner - Syracuse - in a virtual home game, falling to 11-seed Dayton Saturday night.
"We kind of had to get ourselves going," Orange guard Tyler Ennis said. "I think we didn't play well the first half. We did a good job defensively not making them score as much. We got to get our offense going a little bit quicker than that."
"We just weren't ready," Orange forward Jerami Grant said. "We came out and had a rough start. Tried to come back after that. We brought the game all the way back and we couldn't finish it off."
Syracuse couldn't overcome a slow start and a poor shooting performance in the disappointing defeat, missing all 10 of their 3-point attempts. In the late game Saturday night, UConn upended 2-seed Villanova to wrap up a wild weekend of hoops in Buffalo.