New York • Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 — both career highs — and Temple, despite not making a field goal over the final 5 1/2 minutes, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59-59 with 10 minutes, 23 seconds to play.
C.J. Fair had a career-high 25 points for Syracuse (10-1), which had its 52-game regular-season nonconference winning streak snapped. Jim Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins.
Temple hit three 3-pointers during an 11-3 run that gave it the lead for good. Scootie Randall started the run with a 3 that broke the 59-59 tie. He closed the run with another 3, his only points of the game.
Wyatt and Lee took care of the rest. Wyatt finished 8 of 17 from the field and was 15 of 15 from the free-throw line. Lee was open time and again on the baseline and worked hard on the boards. He had nine rebounds, including five offensive, and was 11 of 14 from the free-throw line.
The Owls were 29 of 36 from the free-throw line compared to Syracuse’s 19-of-34 effort, including point guard Michael Carter-Williams going 7 of 15.
The 3-point line also hurt the Orange, who were 2 of 12 from behind the arc while Temple was 8 of 24.
Temple’s last field goal was an offensive rebound by Quenton DeCosey with 5:41 left that gave the Owls a 72-66 lead.
Syracuse did get within 74-72 on a 3 by Fair with 3:01 left, but the Owls went 11 of 15 from the free-throw line over the final 2:30.