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Boeheim’s Army comes back to defeat Forces of Seoul 65-53

They will advance to the 2nd round in Peoria

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Despite not fielding as many Syracuse Orange alumni this year’s version of Boeheim’s Army might be as talented as any that has entered The Basketball Tournament. Boeheim’s Army started a group of Tyrese Rice, DJ Kennedy, Malachi Richardson, Chris McCollough and Tyler Lydon and they quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Forces of Seoul. At the first tv timeout FOS had cut the deficit to 11-8 as the Army struggled shooting the ball.

Malachi Richardson hit his first four shots and finished the first quarter with 11 points Boeheim’s Army led 16-15 after the first quarter. Other than Richardson the rest of the BA was only 2 for 14 from the floor in the first. New BA Head Coach Jeremy Pope switched defenses to start the second quarter coming out in a man to man look. The size of Forces of Seoul and turnovers caused problems for BA as Brandon Brown made the score 21-18 heading into the second quarter tv timeout. Boeheim’s Army failed to get anything going the rest of the quarter and entered halftime down by a score of 29-23. Richardson led the way with 11 first-half points while Torian Graham led FOS with 13 points.

Tyrese Rice got Boeheim’s Army back into the game and after and-one by Richardson the game was tied at 34. A 3 from McCollough gave BA the lead back at 37-36 but FOS responded and went into a timeout up 41-37. DeAndre Kane came to life and scored four in a row but Graham went on a 5-0 run himself to push FOS’ lead back to 7 as the third quarter ended with the score 50-43.

Kane made it a 50-46 game after a strong drive and foul shot. Rice then capped an 8-0 run with a 3 to put BA up 51-50 and it was the trio of Rice, Kane and Kennedy who made plays on the defensive end to make the score 55-52 at the under 4 minute mark. This triggered the Elam Ending with the target score 63. Richardson hit a 3 and BA was up 58-52 and then Rice banked in a 3 at the end of the shot clock to put BA within two points of the win. He clinched the win with a free throw followed by a 3 to end make it a 65-53 win.

After a poor first half, BA out-scored FOS 22-3 in the fourth quarter with the veteran additions leading the way on both ends of the floor. That’s why you add players like that when trying to win a single-elimination tournament.

Rice had 20 points and 5 assists to lead Boeheim’s Army with Richardson chipping in 19 points. McCullough contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds and Kane finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.

Boeheim’s Army will face the winner of Overlooked and Heartfire on Monday night at 7:00 pm eastern. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and we’ll have coverage here.