Cody Zeller was held to 10 points on three-of-11 shooting and guard Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, but none of it came easily.
“Let's face facts - we have not seen a zone like that,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “They are very good. They're where they are for a reason.”
In no way did the game resemble, or have an ending similar to, the last SU-Indiana tournament clash in the 1987 national championship game, one Jim Boeheim said he never got over until the Orange won it all in New Orleans 16 years later.
Indiana needed more than 10 minutes of action to record its second field goal. They did not crack double digits in points until Zeller's tip-in with six minutes left in the first half. But SU kept on answered with an 8-0 run, courtesy of Carter-William's strong drives and Fair's rebound layup.
Christian Watford returned the favor, capping off a 7-0 run finally making Indian's first 3-pointer in seven attempts from beyond the arc. Fair stopped the Hoosiers’ surge, converting a key three-point play right before the half as SU headed into the break with a 34-22 lead.
Indiana opened the second half with seven consecutive points, leading Boeheim to call a time-out. Triche cooled the Hoosiers off with a driving lay-up, and then Carter-Williams took over.
Carter-Williams delivered 10 of his team's last 14 points. Criticized at times for reckless ball-handling and inconsistent shooting, he answered it all on this night, rarely turning it over and, with back-to-back 3-pointers, increased SU’s margin to 53-38, and the Hoosiers never got close again.
This win put the Orange right back where it was a year ago – in the regional finals. But the second time around, SU would get it right, taking apart Marquette on Saturday in a 55-39 romp that clinched a return to the Final Four.