Naturally, the outcome of this game, which happened to be the final one in the Dome that will include Brandon Triche & James Southerland, was overshadowed by a baseless rumor fed by the insecurities of Syracuse fans. But before we get to that, let's just make sure everyone remembers that the Syracuse Orange actually did win a basketball game Wednesday night, beating the forever-sleeping giant DePaul Blue Demons, 78-57.
Early on, things looked slightly catastrophic as the offense sputtered. So, SU turned to some defense and shut down the DePaul attack in order to regain the advantage.
Syracuse made its run possible by forcing DePaul to miss six straight shots, while also causing three turnovers. The Blue Demons went almost seven minutes without scoring.
"We came out and we weren’t ready,’’ Boeheim said. "We were just standing. We had no movement on defense. They were getting any shot they wanted. Then we started to play defense. Over the last eight minutes, we held them to four points.’’
SU's first win in four tries improved their record to 23-7 (11-6) and helped make sure the momentum is back for this weekend's Syracuse-Georgetown game.
James Southerland capped his Dome career with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a starting performance. Brandon Triche scored 15 points in his 137th-consecutive starting night for the Orange. C.J. Fair added 16 points while Michael Carter- Williams scored 10.
Trevor Cooney went 0-for-3 from three-point range. We'll get there, you guys. We'll get there.
The Orange did what they were supposed to do and now they can put all their focus into getting some revenge against the Georgetown Hoyas. More than for rivalry purposes, SU could use a quality win over a ranked program and I can't think of a better way to close out a season, and a conference run, than with a win this weekend.