After Rauntins and Onuaku received their fourth fouls, within the span of less than five minutes the Huskies generated a 14-2 run, out-rebounding the Orange 15-6.
Stanley Robinson and Galvin Edwards dissected their defense, by gathering rebounds and scoring on second chance opportunities. Kemba Walker added two field goals burying two 10-foot jump shots in paint and Syracuse's lead shrunk to 66-65.
In the closing 2:46, the Orange (aided by a time-out Jim Boeheim called with 37 seconds left that was disputed later) made the plays it needed and went seven-for-eight at the charity stripe, Joseph hitting the last four of those foul shots.
The Huskies the cut the margin to 69-67 when Walker scored on a fast break. But with four seconds left Johnson threw a long pass to Joseph, who was intentionally fouled. Joseph calmly sank both free throws and SU had survived again.
"I do not know if you want to call it a special play or what," Joseph said. "What I do is tell Wes that I'm going to flash, so my defender can hear me. So I take one step forward and (the defender) thinks I'm going to flash and I just go along. And Wes is a pretty good passer."
All the wins (24 by this point) were nice, and SU led the country in country in field goal percentage, assists, steals, and blocked shots.
But Boeheim reiterated that his team was not performing to the level that they needed to -- and on Valentine's Day, 30,456 in the Dome watched Louisville take advantage of this, stunning the Orange 66-60.
In the closing minutes of the contest the Cardinals were mentally and physically stronger than SU. Preston Knowles scored on a driving lay-up past Arinze Onuaku, and Mike Marra connected on two uncontested 3-pointers.