Updated: Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 9:31 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 9:30 PM EST
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The UConn, Syracuse Big East rivalry is over now after 33 years. Syracuse is on its way to the ACC and as one player put it, they leave with a bad taste of UConn in their mouths.
"This is a rivalry, you know, UConn and Syracuse," said Omar Calhoun.
"They came in with their swag and you know what I'm sayin', their attitude. They thought they was just gonna blow us out of the gym," said Ryan Boatright.
"Every guy that played on our roster came in and contributed," said coach Kevin Ollie.
"We had a lot of alley oop plays and you know guys just working hard and you know, being tough on the court. You know the fans as electrifying as they are, it always keeps us in the game so I was kinda happy for that," said Shabazz Napier.
"This group once again fought all obstackles and made it through and came out of it with a fantastic win and hopefully our fans really seen our heart and seen our dedication," said Ollie.
"I'm just happy for the team, happy for everybody. Everybody played together," said Napier.
"For us to come out and play the way that we do and play with pride and play for UConn, the only thing that we can accomplish is a regular season title and if we can do that I think it would really prove a point about UConn," said Boatright.