NCAA basketball

March 14, 2018 - 4:54pm
Syracuse kept its cool down the stretch in a back-and-forth 60-56 win over the Sun Devils in Dayton, Ohio.

DAYTON, Ohio — 'Cardiac Cuse' was the case Wednesday night as Syracuse beat Arizona State 60-56 in the NCAA First Four.

With both schools facing media and fan scrutiny as to whether they deserved a shot at the NCAA tournament, Syracuse held off the Sun Devils with six free throws in the final minute to earn an 11th-seed slot against 6th-seed Texas Christian on Friday.

From the opening tip, both squads wanted to jump out to a quick start and avoid early mistakes.