Andy Rautins sparks Syracuse into Sweet 16 – Metro US

Andy Rautins sparks Syracuse into Sweet 16

With Syracuse’s season on the cusp of slipping away, Jonny Flynn found himself getting the majority of Arizona State’s defensive attention.

Eric Devendorf, Canadian Andy Rautins and the Orange exploited that perfectly. Flynn set up Rautins’ three-pointer that started a game-saving Syracuse run, then hit Devendorf for two more threes, and the third-seeded Orange held off the sixth-seeded Sun Devils 78-67 in a South Regional second-round game yesterday.

Devendorf finished with 21 points and Rautins, son of Canadian men’s coach and Raptors broadcaster Leo Rautins, added 17 for Syracuse, which moves on to play Oklahoma in Memphis on Friday, a spot in the regional final against North Carolina or Gonzaga at stake for the winner.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got the 799th win of his career and moved into a tie with former Louisville coach Denny Crum for seventh in all-time NCAA tournament coaching wins with 42.