For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. The team had a promising showing against Florida State, hitting 45.8 percent of its shots from deep, but went ice cold back in Cameron, knocking down only nine of 43 three-point attempts. And this time they fell just short. Elijah Hughes contributed 20 points for the third time this season and his 10th consecutive double-digit scoring game.
The hulking Williamson has a strong case as the nation's best college basketball player and the vision issue that sidelined him for the second half of Saturday's 80-78 win at Florida State was certainly cause for concern until he was back in the starting lineup against Syracuse.
He finished an assist shy of a triple-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds.
Battle's jumper about a minute into OT gave Syracuse the lead for good at 89-88.
The Orange then had a chance to win the game in regulation. The team will take on Syracuse on Monday, but will then face No. 4 Virginia on Saturday.
The Blue Devils are 3-1 against ranked teams this season and were 6-4 versus ranked teams in 2017-18... He got a wide-open look on a pass from underneath the basket and drained the 3-pointer to win it.
Williamson came out for second-half warmups and participated in the layup line. Williamson factored in, of course.
Trent Foster is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game but much like the others on this Florida State team, much of his work is done below the arc, shooting 47.6% from the field and a putrid 15.8% from 3-point range.
While beating Duke on the road is no fluke, the Orange's task was made slightly easier by the absence of Cameron Reddish, who missed the game with flu-like symptoms.
"He had double vision", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said afterward. Over the Blue Devils' eight game winning streak, the team has held each opponent to its season-low for offensive efficiency... But, Battle couldn't connect on a 3-pointer with time winding down, forcing the extra period. Williamson now ranks in the top five of the ACC in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. Just hours after I proclaimed that nobody could play with Duke right now, I get embarrassed on national television.
Syracuse: The Orange looked nothing like the group that shot a season-worst 31.6 percent in a home loss to Georgia Tech two nights earlier, and they felt slighted by oddsmakers who had them as 17-point underdogs.