Before it got a little stabby, Orange Madness was another fun evening to kick off the Syracuse Orange basketball season. Let's recap the event with every piece of media at our disposal...
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The Juice was on hand for the Madness and liked what they saw out of Dajuan Coleman:
Dajuan Coleman was fun to watch. He is an imposing force around the basket and even showed off a nice jump shot. He’ll play a big role in the middle of the zone this season.
At the end of the day, Boeheim remained the center of attention. He entered the Dome in a U.S. Army vehicle operated by soldiers from Fort Drum and Syracuse. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney then presented with a plaque for 50 years of service to the university and community. The plaque also proclaimed Oct. 12, 2012 as "Jim Boeheim Day" in Syracuse.
As his end of his time as the leader of the Syracuse basketball program grows closer, it's nice to have these moments to honor Boeheim before he's gone (which, I still don't think will be for a while).
As for the stabbing that ended things early and put a damper on the evening, the victim has been identified as Shoquinn Benton. Benton continues not to cooperate with police, and no suspects are yet in custody.
DOCTOR Daryl Gross spoke with the Syracuse IMG radio network about the incident and wanted to let people know that this is an isolated incident and something they'll work to avoid in the future:
"Unfortunately, when you have crowds, things can happen. And in this situation, something happened drastic that we don't have any kind of history of those things happening.
"What we're going to do is make sure that we ensure that you can't even get that storm together again. We're going to look at what happened and really break it down. Our police on campus do a great job. People were quick in responding. And obviously it's sad that someone had to get hurt. That's where we are now. Obviously, we're going to be meeting a lot about this."
My guess moving forward? Students, donors and season ticket holders get in free, everyone else has to pay $10 to get in. The Fizz wonders if metal detectors and other precautions will be needed in the Dome moving forward.
The SU Basketball team takes to the hardwood in front of a sold out Carrier Dome crowd:
The Syracuse basketball teams and cheerleaders bust some moves, including doing a little Gangham Style:
More crowd video of the event:
Wale performs at Orange Madness: