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We're Kind Of A Big Deal

Syracuse 89, Florida 83.  Uh oh, Doug Gottlieb.  We's for reals.

Tell'm Mike Waters:

Syracuse put five players in double-figures. Jonny Flynn and Paul Harris each scored 18 for the Orange. Harris added 11 rebounds. Arinze Onuaku also had a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Andy Rautins had 15 points; all in the first half, on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Kris Joseph scored 10 points. Eric Devendorf scored nine points.

Syracuse shot 52 percent from the field (31-for-60) and 40 percent from 3-point range despite Devendorf's 1-for-6 shooting.

Note that we won and Devo had an off night.  When it mattered, the name of the game was clutch free throws and Cuse had them in spades, much to the delight of SU fans who worried that this was going to be a soft spot for the Orange this season (i.e. me). (Ed Note: Should note that while some were clutch, others were still not, so we're not out of the woods yet)

Mr. Rautins, welcome back.  Weeeeeeeeee missed you.  Rautins hit five 3-pointers in the first half for all of his scoring, including in both of the half's final two possessions.

The D.O. Sports Blog puts it all in perspective:

Big win for the Orange. Away from the Dome, against a formidable team that most probably didn’t expect it to beat, Syracuse prevails, and legitimately outplayed the Gators throughout.

Tomorrow night, the Orange await the winner of the Kansas-Washington game, which is going on as I write.  Surely, a rematch of the 2003 National Championship is what everyone is hoping for.  Especially Jayhawk fans. (Ed Note: It's Kansas. Giddy up.)