DENVER (Ticker) -- Jim Boeheim and Gary Williams have quite a story for the golf course.
Hakim Warrick scored 26 points and fifth-seeded Syracuse survived a wild finish for a 72-70 victory over No. 4 Maryland in the second round of the Phoenix Region.
The matchup of the last two national champions also featured a meeting of long-time friends Boeheim and Williams. The coaches bonded on Big East offseason golf outings when Williams coached at Boston College and continue to play during the summer.
"We've had a lot of battles like this that have come down to the end," Boeheim said. "He's the only coach I would have been worried about, the way we controlled the game. His is the only team that would have come back at us."
Syracuse (23-7) seemingly was in control after Josh Pace's runner provided a 69-60 advantage with 1:57 left. But four missed free throws by Orangemen center Craig Forth came in the middle of a 10-2 tear by Maryland, which pulled within 71-70 on freshman D.J. Strawberry's layup with nine seconds left.
After Gerry McNamara made 1-of-2 at the line, the Terrapins (20-12) had one more possession. Strawberry, pressed into action after point guard John Gilchrist fouled out, raced upcourt and his off-balance jumper rimmed out. As the rebound was batted around, Strawberry came from out of bounds to scoop it up, but his attempt to put it back misfired as time expired.
"We wanted to drive the ball to the basket," Williams said. "D.J. got caught a little bit, but got the ball up on the glass."
The Orangemen will face Alabama on Friday.
Syracuse forced Maryland to commit the game's first seven turnovers and established early control, using its 2-3 defense to bother the Terrapins. The Orangemen took their largest lead, 54-38, on Pace's basket with 13 minutes remaining.
"I thought we were active, I thought we got after their shooters real well," Boeheim said. "I thought our inside people did a great job. ... Our zone, we were more active in it."
But foul trouble and fatigue slowed Syracuse and Maryland heated up by shooting 52 percent (13-of-25) after halftime. Jamar Smith and Travis Garrison each scored 16 points and led the Terrapins' second-half charge.
McNamara, coming off a 43-point explosion in Thursday's win over Brigham Young, shook off 2-of-11 shooting for 13 points and six assists. Forth added 10 points and 12 boards.
"It's no secret I like to shoot the ball, but I'll be the first to give it up," McNamara said. "I take pride in the fact that today I wasn't getting good looks and I got in the game another way."
The last time the previous two national champions met in the NCAA Tournament was 1995, when Arkansas knocked off 1993 winner North Carolina in the national semifinals.