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Twitter reaction to BC's upset of Syracuse

Days after he died, less than 48 hours after he was laid to rest, the Eagles paid their latest -- but perhaps not last -- respects to longtime sports information director Dick Kelley on Wednesday night.

Wearing a “DK” patch on their jerseys, carrying a 6-19 record with them into the matchup at No. 1 Syracuse -- undefeated, 25-0 Syracuse -- the Eagles fought back from a 13-point second-half deficit, took advantage of a subpar shooting night by the Orange and made their free throws down the stretch in OT to win 62-59 at the Carrier Dome.

It’s one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- upsets you’ll see this college basketball season. And clearly it meant so much more to the Eagles than that.

In a postgame interview on the court, Steve Donahue immediately and without prompting brought up the emotion of the week. He wasn’t alone in mentioning the loss the BC community is feeling, after Kelley passed away after a three-year battle with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), and what the win means.

The upset had Twitter abuzz Wednesday night, and there was a hint of what would be a common theme even before the game was over:

And when it went final, the messages poured in, from near and far and seemingly everywhere in between:

The win was BC’s first over a No. 1 team since 2009, when it upset North Carolina. Considering the teams’ circumstances entering the game, it’s a historic outcome:

In a season full of losses -- lost leads and games clearly paling in comparison to the loss of Kelley, a colleague, a friend, a confidant and a mentor to so many -- the wins are that much sweeter. None more so than Wednesday night’s.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.