Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: There are so many highlights to take from SU basketball’s five-game win streak. The irony is that the most memorable moments didn’t come from the upsets of top 10-ranked Florida State and Virginia, but instead were from the road games against non-ranked foes, starting with John Gillon’s 43-point effort that single-handedly pushed the Orange past North Carolina State in overtime, and then Tyus Battle hitting that corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Clemson and keep the Orange momentum going.
McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: It’s only fitting, as Jim Boeheim passes 1,000 wins (regardless of what the NCAA says), that we remember his first victory, which is not in dispute. It was November 26, 1976, and the Orange, with Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr as freshmen and Boeheim starting his long parade of loud late 1970s jackets, beat Harvard 75-48. Fittingly, the game was played in Springfield, Mass, birthplace of basketball and home of the Naismith Hall of Fame – where Boeheim was enshrined nearly three decades later.
Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: When the surging SU women’s basketball team plays ACC powerhouse Notre Dame on February 19, the Orange will host Alumni and Team Day. Aside from honoring past greats, the team is hoping to bring a record crowd for women’s basketball to the Carrier Dome. To that end, they’re offering discounted tickets, $10 or less, in order to fill the stands for an ESPN2 audience, a rare case of SU getting a national broadcast before the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.
The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: An SU men’s basketball season that, a few weeks ago, loomed as the worst of Jim Boeheim’s four-decade tenure isn’t like that anymore. The gutty January 24 win over Wake Forest ignited a run where the Orange first knocked off then-top-10-ranked Florida State 82-72 on January 28, continued with John Gillon’s 43-point effort that rescued a 100-93 overtime win at N.C. State, got even better when SU echoed its Elite Eight comeback on Virginia and again rallied to beat the Cavaliers 66-62 to give Jim Boeheim win no. 1,000 and, finally, saw Tyus Battle beat the buzzer with a 3 to prevail 82-81 at Clemson. What a stretch.
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