Syracuse Basketball

It was another eye-opener for Syracuse's defense.  Except this time, it was a good thing.

After beating Long Beach State on Sunday, Jim Boeheim said his defense needed to play much better.   The Orange bounced back by holding Cornell to just 12 points in the first half on Wednesday night.

"We wanted to do a better job defensively, tonight," Boeheim said.   "I think we did."  

After a cold start to the season, Michael Gbinije has given the Orange a recent offensive spark with three straight games with at least ten points.

On Sunday, he gave the Carrier Dome crowd of 22,508 fans another reason to celebrate with a highlight-reel play midway through the first half.  Gbinije crept behind the defense, skied for the rebound and swung around the rim for a two-handed putback slam after Tyler Roberson's three bounced right above the basket.

Trevor Cooney went into the locker room at intermission with 14 points, a good blend of inside and outside shooting that's continued a recent resurgence.

By that point, he not only led Syracuse in points, but outscored the entire Colgate lineup.

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.

Syracuse University Sport Management Club

The Sport Management Club at Syracuse University has been working all semester to prepare for their 10th Annual Charity Sports Auction this Saturday, December 6th. The students have been working countless hours, collecting donations, promoting the event, and preparing for this day. 


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.

Chris McCullough’s career-high 20 points gave Syracuse its second half lead. But it turned out to be a well-timed defensive play that sealed it.

The 6-foot-10 freshman saved the game for Syracuse and avoided a near-colossal collapse to Iowa in Madison Square Garden when he intercepted a pass near the basket at the end of the game.  The Hawkeyes slashed their deficit from 15 points to one and had the ball in the final seconds.  McCullough slid over from the free throw line, intercepted an entry pass and was fouled with about nine seconds left. 


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.