Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: When they say free throws matter, well, they do. Case in point – Tuesday night’s crucial win for SU men’s basketball over Wake Forest. The Orange prevailed 81-76 in large part because, during the last 14 seconds, SU made seven free throws to seal it, and four different players – Tyler Lydon, Andrew White, Taurean Thompson and Tyus Battle (in that order) – made those foul shots in a game that may prove, for the Orange, a season-saver.
McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: It only figures that SU’s game against no. 6 Florida State on Saturday at the Carrier Dome is 1980s day. For we have reached the 30th anniversary of the Orange’s run to the 1987 NCAA championship game, and guys on that team, from Derrick Coleman to Sherman Douglas to Raphael Addison to Rony Seikaly and Howard Triche, remain close to the program. Also, in‘87 Brent Musburger broadcast that Final Four for CBS – and he’s retiring next week. Time flies.
Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: The dates for the 2017 SU football schedule are out and, man, it’s a tough one. Sure it opens with Central Connecticut and Middle Tennessee, but then on September 23 it’s the trip to Baton Rouge to face LSU. Then, on Friday, October 13, a primetime home game against reigning national champion Clemson, not to mention November road trips to Florida State and Louisville, home of Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. In all, the Orange face 11 teams that went to bowl games in 2016. It’s quite a mountain.
The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: With its season in serious trouble following back-to-back, double-digit losses on the road at North Carolina and Notre Dame, SU’s men’s basketball team returned home and, trailing most of the night against Wake Forest, leaned on clutch outside shooting and, yes, late free throws to put away the Demon Deacons 81-76. But in order for it to matter more, the Orange would have to beat someone much better than them to make the NCAA Tournament committee – something like Saturday’s game against Florida State or next Saturday’s game with Virginia, the rematch of last March’s Midwest regional final where SU’s second-half comeback stunned the Cavaliers and provided a trip to the Final Four.