What? The team showered after the game, didn't they? In the Golden Eagles' locker room. And they earned that shower by beating Marquette 86-79 in overtime. What's the big deal?
WAER's Ian Smith breaks down the gist of it:
The Orange got a quality Big East road win as Syracuse downed the Golden Eagles of Marquette in overtime, 86-79. The dynamic duo of Jonny Flynn and Andy Rautins led all Orange scorers with 24 and 20 points respectively, and Rick Jackson had arguably his best game of the season contributing 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks.
The Orange fended off a 10-0 second half run from Buzz Williams' Golden Eagles, as Jim Boeheim's crew shot 56% from the field and escaped with the victory in overtime.
Jonny Flynn reclaimed his rightful spot as the heart and soul of the Orange and Donna Ditota found that almost everyone else involved found this to be the case as well:
His two free throws at 13 seconds that all but sealed the SU deal at 84-79.
"He's awfully good," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "He's a talented, talented player. ... And when it was time to get one, he was going to get one. He's hard to guard."
"This is the Jonny Flynn we love to see, we look forward to seeing every game," Rautins said. "We know what he's capable of. When he plays outstanding like that, there's not many teams that can beat us."
And so the Orange can finally do what Lady GaGa has been telling them to do all along...just dance. The win over Marquette was their first win over one of the currently-ranked Big East teams and a great final marquee win to add to the collection alongside Florida, Kansas and Memphis.
They'll start with the "little" dance, the Big East Tournament, first. The 23-8 (11-7) Orange play at the sixth seed and await the winner of the South Florida-Seton Hall game for a 9pm EST tip on Wednesday. If they win there, they're likely looking at a match-up with Louisville (although I could be wrong, depending on tie-breakers).
Finally, huge H/T to the Cuse Twitterati who made today a fun one. Between Donna & Mike's updates, HoyaSuxa's screwball antics and everyone else's input, in-game Twittering is quickly becoming something for the cool kids. Well...maybe not. But I like it.
Oh and it's just nice to see tha, if Eric Devendorf does go pro, the younger players are ready to step up and hold the homoerotic mantle high.