Syracuse takes down No. 1-seeded Indiana
Michael Carter-Williams added 24 points for the Orange
The Verizon Center was a house of horrors for Syracuse on March 9 when the Orange lost by 22 points to host and Big East rival Georgetown.
But back here less than weeks later, No. 4 seed Syracuse punched a ticket to the East Regional final and the Elite Eight with a 61-50 victory over No. 1 seed Indiana on Thursday night.
To make it even sweeter, chants of "Let's go Orange" filled the arena as John Thompson Jr., the former Georgetown coach, looked on from press row as he worked the game on national radio.
Syracuse (29-9) got 24 points from Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Triche added 14 and C.J. Fair had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Indiana (29-7) was led by local product Victor Oladipo, who had 16 points. Christian Watford scored 13 and Cody Zeller had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hoosiers.
Syracuse, which led by 18 points late in the first half and 34-22 at halftime, saw its lead cut to 34-27 on a basket by Oladipo early in the second half.
Oladipo's 3-pointer trimmed the lead to 38-32 with 14:10 left, but the Orange took a 51-37 lead on a 3-pointer by Carter-Williams with 9:05 to go and Triche scored to make it 56-40 with 5:37 left.
Syracuse's James Southerland hit two free throws with 1:45 left to make it 60-46 as Indiana fans began to head to the exits.
Syracuse will play No. 3 seed Marquette, which beat No. 2 seed Miami 71-61 in the first game Thursday at the Verizon Center, on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.
Syracuse led by 18 points late in the first half before Watford hit a 3-pointer to make it 31-20 with 1:31 left.
After a basket and free throw by Fair made it 34-20, a basket by Indiana's Will Sheehey trimmed the Syracuse lead to 34-22 at the break.
Carter-Williams had 12 first-half points to lead all scorers, and his team made 14 of 30 shots from the field (46.7 percent). Triche added eight points in the first half.
Indiana was limited to 19 first-half shots from the field and made only seven while committing 12 turnovers against the tough Syracuse zone defense.
The Orange had just six turnovers in the first half and put intense pressure on the Hooisers with seven steals and five blocks.
Oladipo scored seven first-half points.
NOTES: Oladipo, a junior averaging 13.6 points, played in high school at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., just a few miles north of the Verizon Center. "I won a couple of city championships with DeMatha, won a couple of AAU championship games here, and there hasn't been a lot of hoopla," Oladipo told reporters Wednesday of playing at the Verizon Center. "My family has been fortunate to come out and watch me play because they live so close." ... Indiana reserve junior guard Maurice Creek is from Oxon Hill, Md. ... Syracuse freshman reserve Jerami Grant, son of former Washington Bullets player Harvey Grant, also played in high school at DeMatha Catholic.