I'm not quite sure how Syracuse ended up down 18 at one point, or how they didn't take their first lead of the game until four minutes left or that the game came down to a two missed shots by the opponent so the Orange could sneak past a 8-12 team but...that's pretty much what happened on Saturday in Syracuse's 59-57 win over DePaul.
Scoop Jardine's layup with under four minutes to play gave No. 4 Syracuse its first lead of the game after trailing by 18, and the Orange held off a pesky DePaul squad down the stretch to post a 59-57 road win.
Wesley Johnson totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Orange (21-1, 8-1 Big East), who were coming off an impressive 17-point victory over Georgetown. Kris Joseph added 15 points and Rick Jackson scored 10 with eight boards.
Down 52-43 with a little more than seven minutes remaining, Syracuse went on a 16-2 run to claim victory. Joseph, Andy Rautins and Jardine each hit a three for the visitors, and Johnson's dunk tied it at 54 with 4:13 left.
Like DePaul's website put it, "for the first 20 minutes on Saturday, DePaul played like one of the best teams in the nation." The Orange are a good enough team to dig themselves out of the monstrous hole they dug for themselves...but it still doesn't wipe away the memory of it.
We need to put this game in perspective. Something we can all understand. We need it put in terms of 80's movies. Brent Axe comes through...
But if you are a Syracuse basketball fan, this win has you feeling a bit like the great Dr.Peter Venkman once did in "Ghostbusters" when he had to explain to his fellow ghostbusters what had happened to the once lovely Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver) when she became possessed by a dog monster in the movie."OK. So, she's a dog."Now, Dana eventually turned back into a lovely woman at the end of the movie and this one turned out to be a win for Syracuse, so it all works out in the end.
The more interesting takeaway is what this says about Syracuse. The Orange coasted against a lesser opponent Saturday, and instead of storming back and taking control after the half, let that opponent stick around and narrowly miss a drastic upset. That happens to every team, but in a weekend where Cuse is competing with Kansas, Villanova, and several others for a spot atop Monday's AP poll, it was a discouraging performance.
- SU-DePaul Recap...Brent Axe
- That Still Counts as a Win, Right?...Orange Fizz
- It was nice not to have lost, but the Orange knows it'll need more juice against Providence...Bud Poliquin
- How We Won: Painfully...Cuse Country
- CLOSE CALL: Syracuse storms back from 18-point defecit to defeat DePaul...Daily Orange
- The Great Escape - Syracuse Survives Against DePaul...Three Idiots on Sports