SU struggled from the field and could not overcome a balanced attack from the top-seeded Gamecocks.
For the second-straight season, Syracuse reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to a tight victory over Nebraska on Friday.
But that would once again be as far as the Orange could surge.
Despite hanging with South Carolina earlier in the season, SU fell behind early and never recovered in a 97-68 drubbing at the hands of the top-seeded Gamecocks. The Orange finishes the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 22-10.
The SU head coach emphasized the cleanliness of his team and expressed displeasure with the NCAA's rulings two weeks ago.
For those who have always thought or wondered, SU men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim made it abundantly clear Thursday morning.
He does not run Syracuse University, and his time with the program is running out.
During a press conference at the Carrier Dome, Boeheim addressed his intention to file an appeal with the NCAA regarding his nine-game suspension, handed down March 6 following an investigation into multiple violations by the program, as well as the claim that he plans to retire in three seasons.
The longest game in program history ends in heartbreak.
Syracuse fired 45 shots toward RIT goaltender Ali Binnington during Saturday's CHA title game, more than enough to create a few golden scoring chances.
But it could only convert once and let a golden playoff opportunity slip away.
The Orange took an early lead on a redirection goal by Emily Costales, but couldn't light the lamp in overtime as RIT fought back for a 2-1 victory and an automatic berth in the NCAA championship tournament.
A late 7-0 run helps SU cruise to its fifth-straight victory.
On Sunday against Virginia, Syracuse took a commanding lead early in the first half and never looked back.
But against St. John's, the Orange was forced to "storm" back for its victory.
SU ripped off a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 14-6 win over the Red Storm in Kennesaw, Georgia, on Saturday. Randy Staats scored a team-high five goals, as the Orange erased an early 4-0 deficit to continue its unbeaten streak.
Syracuse's first shorthanded goal of the season couldn't have come at a more opportune time.
Allie LaCombe's tally in the first period stood as the game-winner, and goaltender Jenn Gilligan made 11 saves as the No. 2-seeded Orange knocked off No. 4 Penn State 2-0 in the CHA semifinals Friday evening.
With a win over RIT on Saturday, Syracuse will receive a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
In a release provided by Syracuse Athletics, SU men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim released a statement Friday evening in response to NCAA sanctions placed on the program following an investigation into multiple off-court violations.
Head coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for 9 ACC games, and the team will lose 12 scholarships over the next four years.
On Friday, the NCAA announced penalties against the Syracuse men's basketball and football teams resulting from infractions by both programs over the past 14 years.
Head basketball coach Jim Boeheim has been suspended for nine Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) games, and the team will lose three scholarships over each of the next four seasons, according to a 94-page report by the NCAA that can be read in full below. The violations occurred over the past eight years.