Jim Boeheim

Only 17 seconds separated Syracuse from its biggest win of the season.

The Orange held a five-point lead, on the verge of upsetting No. 7 Villanova in the Wells Fargo Center. Syracuse had withstood a second half onslaught by the Wildcats, foul trouble and 18 turnovers as a team. 

But it was the 19th turnover -- a botched inbounds play -- that turned the game out of Syracuse's control.  The Wildcats took control of the loose ball and JayVaughn Pinkston scored the game-tying field goal with four seconds left, just moments after Josh Hart sunk a three.

  What a difference a week makes.

Trevor Cooney exploded for a team-high 25 points, saving the Orange from an embarrassing home loss to Louisiana Tech.   It was a season-high for Cooney, just eight days after scoring a season-low two points against St. John's.

In that game, Cooney made just 1-of-6 shots, missed all four threes and continued Syracuse's miserable year of outside shooting.  In this one, he shot 4-8 from behind-the-arc, while taking over ball handling duties at points in the game.

The shooting struggles continued for Syracuse, but this time the Orange didn't wait until the final minute for a offensive meltdown.

Against Michigan, it was a pair of turnovers in the last 20 seconds that derailed the team's chance of upsetting the No. 17 Wolverines.

Against St. John's, the game hinged on the last five minutes and 34 seconds, a brutal stretch when the Orange only managed one field goal.

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The Syracuse Orange hasn’t had the most impressive offensive start to the season, by any metric.  But back home in the Carrier Dome, the Orange got a glimpse that it could be worse.

A lot worse.

The Loyola Greyhounds missed their first 13 shots of the game, unable to make a field goal until more than halfway into the first half.  Tyler Hubbard finally ended the scoring drought with a long three-pointer from the top of the key at the 8:32 mark.  By then, the Orange led 17-4.

And Syracuse fans thought their offense was bad.

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Syracuse’s roller coaster offense finally hit a new low.

The inconsistent and, sometimes, inefficient scoring attack has already led to two close calls this season – in a preseason win over Carleton and last weekend against Hampton.  The third time, however, wasn’t the charm for Syracuse, who wasn’t as lucky in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

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One smooth shot finally brought the tentative Carrier Dome crowd to its feet.

With nine minutes left in the game, Hampton cut Syracuse’s lead down from 11 to five and the upset bid went from a prayer to a possibility.

That’s when Trevor Cooney took a Tyler Roberson handoff and nailed a three pointer from the top of the key.  Syracuse took a 48-40 lead with 8:53 left in the game and never led by fewer than six points for the rest of the way. It was only Cooney’s second three of the game, but it came at the perfect time for the Orange. 

Jarret Leist says that Coach Boeheim is satisfied with Trevor Cooney's progression and doesn't feel he has Tom Crean's number as he breaks down what went on in the locker room following SU's win over the Hoosiers.

Orange Hoops Wins 3rd Maui Title

Nov 28, 2013
Ben Fontana, 2013

Maui, HI - The Syracuse Orange (7-0) defeated the Baylor Bears (6-1) 74-67 in the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center Wednesday night. Senior C.J. Fair was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. In the title game versus #18 Baylor, Fair had 24 points and three steals.

SU Basketball One Win From Maui Title

Nov 27, 2013
syracuse.com, 2013

Maui, HI -  Syracuse (6-0) remains undefeated all-time in the Maui Invitational (8-0) with a 92-81 win over California (5-1) on Tuesday afternoon at the Lahaina Civic Center. The #8 Orange moves on to the Championship game of the Tournament where it will take on 6-0 #18 Baylor. The Bears have knocked off host school Chaminade and came from behind to beat Dayton on Tuesday to advance to the finals.

Cuse Hoops Readies For Maui Invitational

Nov 25, 2013
Ben Fontana, 2013

Syracuse basketball (4-0) is in Maui, Hawaii this week for the EA Sports Maui Invitational. This is the third time the Orange has been in the event. It won in 1990 and 1998, as well.

The eight teams in the Maui Invitational are a combined 30-and-0 coming into the week's slate of games. All teams are guaranteed three games Monday through Wednesday. This year's field includes three ranked teams in Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Baylor. The other participants include California, Arkansas, Minnesota, Dayton, and Division II school and host, Chaminade.

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