SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Since 1990, a total of 23 Division I college basketball teams have moved from one conference to join one of the six major conferences.
Only one of those teams won the regular-season title in its first season in the new league, the 1991-92 Arkansas Razorbacks, who left the defunct Southwest Conference for the Southeastern Conference.
On Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes showed Syracuse why it has been such a difficult feat.
Playing in its first Atlantic Coast Conference game since it officially joined the league in July, the No. 2 Orange had all it could handle from the underdog Hurricanes.
But Syracuse finished the game on a 14-4 run and held off Miami, 49-44, before 21,839 fans at the Carrier Dome.
With Miami leading, 40-35, the Orange pulled to within one on Rakeem Christmas' inside basket and Jerami Grant's jumper.
C.J. Fair's layup with about four minutes remaining gave Syracuse its first lead since early in the second half, and Tyler Ennis' drive gave the Orange a 43-40 advantage.
Trevor Cooney's two free throws with 24.8 seconds remaining pushed Syracuse's lead to 47-42.
James Kelly of Miami hit a jumper originally called a 3-pointer, but reduced to a 2-pointer, to slice the Orange lead to 47-44 with 9.1 seconds remaining, but Ennis sank a two free throws to ice the victory.
Fair led the Orange with 15 points, while Cooney added 11 despite shooting only 2-for-12 from 3-point range.
Garrius Adams paced the Hurricanes with nine points, while Manu Lecomte and Kelly each had eight.
The Orange, which improved to 14-0, entered the game as one of only seven undefeated teams in Division I, along with No. 1 Arizona, Iowa State, Ohio State, Oregon, Wichita State and Wisconsin.
The Hurricanes, who had won three consecutive games, dropped to 8-6 and 0-2 in the ACC. Syracuse leads the all-time series with Miami 15-5, with most of those meetings taking place when they were together in the Big East from 1992-2004.
Syracuse was one of seven charter members of the Big East Conference and spent 34 years in the league, winning 10 regular-season titles and five conference tournaments.
The Orange's first Big East game was on Jan. 5, 1980, when it trounced Seton Hall, 99-76, at the Carrier Dome.
Miami, defending ACC regular-season and tournament champions, was a huge underdog Saturday.
Picked to finish 12th in the ACC, the Hurricanes have no returning starters after losing several seniors and guard Shane Larkin, who turned professional and was a Dallas Mavericks' first-round draft pick.
But the Hurricanes used a 2-3 zone defense and 46 percent 3-point shooting to stay close throughout the game. Miami shot 5-for-11 from beyond the arc in the first half, including two each by Rion Brown and Adams.
Syracuse, which is known for its 2-3 zone, seemed frustrated by Miami's zone. For about a seven-minute stretch in the first half, Fair was the only Syracuse player who scored, getting eight consecutive points.
Cooney's second 3-pointer gave Syracuse its biggest lead of the first half, 22-15. Three-pointers by Adams and Lecomte cut the Orange advantage to 22-21, but Grant's monster dunk gave Syracuse a 25-21 halftime lead.
As the Orange failed to hit a field goal in the first eight minutes of the second half (0-for-10), the Hurricanes grabbed their first lead since early in the game on Adams' 3-pointer from the wing that made it 28-27.
Miami boosted its lead to 35-29 on Lecomte's 3-pointer and layup, and Brown's baseline jumper.
NOTES: Syracuse starting center DaJuan Coleman missed his second consecutive game because of a bruised left knee and remains "day-to-day," according to coach Jim Boeheim. Coleman is averaging 5.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 11 games. ... Boeheim and Miami coach Jim Larranaga, two of four active ACC coaches with 500 or more victories, met for only the second time as head coaches Saturday. In their first meeting in 1995, when Larranaga was at Bowling Green, Larranaga forget his suit and had to borrow a camel hair jacket from Boeheim. Syracuse won that game, 75-64. ... Counting Saturday's game, Miami is in a stretch where it plays four of six games against ranked teams (Syracuse, North Carolina, State, Duke and Syracuse again). ... The Orange went 13-0 in non-conference play and has won 51 consecutive non-conference games at the Carrier Dome.