The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program will retire two jerseys this season. Dennis DuVal’s No. 22 and Lawrence Moten’s No. 21 will hang in the Carrier Dome rafters before the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
DuVal’s jersey retirement ceremony will take place at halftime of SU’s game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on January 6. Moten’s ceremony is set for March 3’s contest against the Clemson Tigers.
From 1971-74, DuVal scored 1,504 points on 45.1 percent shooting, averaging 18.6 points per game. He tallied 295 assists and 346 rebounds while starting all 81 games he played during his three seasons. DuVal is 21st on Syracuse’s all-time scoring list and has one of the 10 highest points-per-game averages in school history as well.
After earning third-team All-American honors as a senior and spending two years in the NBA, he returned to Syracuse to serve on the police force for 26 years.
Moten is the leading scorer in Syracuse basketball history, having put up 2,334 points over his four-year stint with the Orangemen (nearly 200 more than Derrick Coleman in second place). He’s also the leading scorer in Big East history, and was an AP All-American (third team) in 1995. Moten was part of the 1992 Big East championship team as well. When he finished up at Syracuse, “Poetry in Moten” spent a few years in the NBA, CBA, ABA and abroad. He’s also gotten into coaching.
It’s great to see Syracuse honor both players this season, adding to the list of retired jerseys the program keeps high above the Carrier Dome court. DuVal and Moten make it 12 players with retired jerseys so far, with plenty more that could potentially be honored in the coming years.