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Syracuse University has self-imposed a one-year, postseason ban for the men's basketball 2014-15 season, according to a press release from Chancellor Kent Syverud on Wednesday evening.

The ban is part of an ongoing investigation between the university and the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.  It includes the ACC Tournament, the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.  The university said it told the NCAA about the ban before making the announcement to the public.


Michael Gbinije froze in his place when he wasn't able to blow past Devin Wilson, who draped all over him on the biggest possession of the game.  But like Syracuse, Gbinije didn't panic as he used his pivot foot to slide to his right and create enough separation to put up the soft floater that would decide the game.

The Syracuse Orange, improbably, stormed back late in the second half to stun the Virginia Tech Hokies and a jubilant Carrier Dome crowd.

"This comeback ranks up there with any that I've ever been a part of," Jim Boeheim said.

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Not even another herculean effort by Trevor Cooney could save Syracuse this time.

The junior guard scored 28 points, but North Carolina pulled away in the second half for a 93-83 win in Chapel Hill over Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 ACC).  

"Trev shot the lights out the first half," Michael Gbinije said.  "It's tough. I thought we played our offense very well today and they just played better."


Syracuse missed its chance at a double-digit point comeback by missing at the free throw line.

Rakeem Christmas scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, almost single-handedly willing his team back against Miami.  The Hurricanes weren't able to stop him in the paint so they intentionally fouled Christmas to put him at the line with four seconds left and the Orange down by three.


The stakes weren't quite as high as in Boston College's last trip to the Carrier Dome, a night that ended Syracuse's undefeated record and No. 1 ranking in an instant.

But this time, the final score was quite a bit different, too.

And this time, it only took 40 minutes.

The Orange avenged its overtime loss from last February by beating the Eagles, 69-61, in convincing fashion on Tuesday night.  Michael Gbinije scored a team-high 17 points and had four assists, giving the beleaguered Orange a much-needed win.

Syracuse's Depth Issues Show in Road Loss to Clemson

Jan 17, 2015

Kaleb Joseph quickly re-adjusted the ball from his right side to the left when the clear path to the basket was suddenly impeded by 6-foot-10 Sidy Djitte.  Syracuse's point guard managed to avoid his defender and bank a soft floater off the glass.

It was the first basket for Joseph, who missed his first two shots of the game.

It was the first field goal from Syracuse that didn't come from Rakeem Christmas. 

Rakeem Christmas wouldn't let another one of Syracuse's last minute leads slip away.

The senior center scored a career-high 35 points, but it was six free throws he made in the last minute of overtime that allowed the Orange to finally put away Wake Forest for a dramatic 86-83 win.  For the third time in conference play, Syracuse (13-4, 4-0) pulled away with a one-possession win by having its opponent miss a shot as time expired.

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Senator Chuck Schumer urged the New York Jets to continue holding summer training camp workouts in Cortland, during a press conference on Monday at Syracuse University's Ensley Athletic Center.

SUNY Cortland has hosted training camp for the Jets since 2009, when then-head coach Rex Ryan moved it from Hofstra University on Long Island.  But the team recently fired Ryan as well as general manager, John Idzik. 

Schumer said there isn't any agreement in place for future training camps.

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Syracuse's first two ACC wins were filled with late drama, nail biting leads and last second shots that determined the outcome of the games.

The third one just featured a dominant performance from Trevor Cooney.

The junior guard scored a season-high 28 points, Rakeem Christmas notched his fifth double-double of the season and the Orange beat the Florida State Seminoles, 70-57, in the Carrier Dome on Sunday night.

Jim Boeheim To Be Honored at Dick Vitale Gala

Jan 8, 2015

Jim Boeheim is one of three coaches who will be honored in May by ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, during an annual fundraising event for pediatric cancer research.

The 10th Annual Dick Vitale Gala will include Boeheim as well as Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith and Florida State's football coach, Jimbo Fisher.  The event awards successful coaches who have also shown a commitment to fighting cancer.