PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Gerry McNamara was shut down for more than 41 minutes. Yet he was most responsible for ending Pittsburgh's 40-game home winning streak.
After missing his first seven shots, McNamara hit the go-ahead 3-pointer 67 seconds into overtime and added a pair of clutch free throws as Syracuse posted a 49-46 victory over the third-ranked Panthers in a Big East Conference battle.
Pittsburgh's streak was the second-longest in Division I, behind only Duke's 41-game run. The Panthers were 34-0 at the Petersen Events Center and last lost at home on January 12, 2002 to Notre Dame at Fitzgerald Field House.
Pittsburgh (25-3, 11-3 Big East), which had won seven straight overall, is tied atop the conference with Connecticut and Providence. It visits Providence on Tuesday.
Syracuse (19-6, 9-5) avenged a 66-45 home loss to Pittsburgh on January 24 and moved into a tie with Seton Hall for fourth place.
Syracuse's best shooter, McNamara was bottled up most of the day by defensive standout Julius Page. But in overtime, McNamara drilled a jumper from the left wing, giving the Orangemen a 47-44 lead. Page left McNamara to help inside on Hakim Warrick, who faked a shot in the lane and made a jump pass to McNamara.
Freshman Chris Taft hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3:06 left and again with 1:05 remaining to pull the Panthers within 47-46.
But McNamara converted a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left to restored the three-point lead. On Pittsburgh's final possession, Jaron Brown and Mark McCarroll missed 3-pointers.
Taft and Carl Krauser, who fouled out with 1:03 left in regulation, each had nine points for the Panthers, who were 0-of-5 in overtime.
Warrick led Syracuse with 17 points and Josh Pace added 13. McNamara finished with nine points on 1-of-9 shooting.
McNamara was held to eight points by Page in the first meeting, where the 45 points was Syracuse's lowest total in 28 years under coach Jim Boeheim.
On Sunday, the Orangemen scored three points less in regulation but were able to get into overtime because Pittsburgh's Chevon Troutman missed the back end of a 1-on-1 with 3.2 seconds left.
Page hit a 3-pointer to pull Pittsburgh within 42-41 with 46 seconds left, and the Panthers had a chance to win it when Troutman was fouled by Craig Forth.