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Orange Win On Road, Earth Ceases To Rotate, Minions Of Hell Approach

There's a few reasons that you might hear as to why Syracuse 70-68 win over Virginia last night isn't that big a deal. Sean Singletary was under the weather (did you hear? I don't think the announcers did a good enough job letting you know), Virginia isn't that good, and besides, Syracuse is supposed to be doing this.

But forget about all that for a second. Even forget about the reason this game was scheduled in the first place. Take this game at face value. A group of mostly young, inexperienced players who have had a lot of trouble playing defense came together and learned how to win in a hostile environment.

Okay, now you may resume giving Gary Walters the middle finger.

The freshmen and big sophomore really came through. Paul Harris continued to be the unsung hero of the team so far this season with a ten point, 14 rebound performance. Jonny Flynn and Donte Greene combined for 38 of Syracuse’s 70 points. Donte Greene threw down 20 points (12 of which in the final ten minutes) and ten boards and Jonny Flynn added 18 points as well.

Syracuse won the rebounding battle, however slightly at 34-33, and got help from the Cavs poor three-point shooting (11-for-32). Plus it didn't hurt that the defense really looked like it was starting to gel, at least at times. Virginia seemed to have issues with the zone, hence the large amount of three-point shots and if that's your strategy, you better make'm.

Arinze Onuaku disappeared but the story is more about how the rest of the team picked up the slack rather than a lack of his stats. There's finally enough weapons out there that we can afford an off-night by one of the "big five."

And hey, Josh Wright even played (for 2 minutes). So there's that...

So the Orange return to the Dome for a breezy, no-problem match-up against lowly...
9-1 Rhode Island who just whooped Providence??? I'm telling you, I don't want to hear a thing about our schedule this year. Say what you want about how it looks on paper but this is shaping up to be our most challenging early-season schedule in a long time.

(Photo: SUAthletics)