Five Historically Interesting Games for the Orange

The following are summaries from five Syracuse basketball games that were memorable for various reasons.

Syracuse 57, Fordham 22 January 14, 1939

Coach Lew Andreas always played a deep bench, but he went to the extreme on this day. Syracuse led 49-21 with about 8 minutes left in the game. Andreas, who was also the athletic director, started liberally substituting players for the Orangemen. In the end, 21 different Syracuse athletes played for the Orangemen that day.

Wilmeth Sidat-Singh led all scorers that day with 17 points. Bobby Stewart was second with 13.

Syracuse 106, Oswego State Teachers College 25 December 8, 1945

Syracuse scored 100+ points in a game for the first time, setting a school record scoring margin of 81 points. Forward Billy Gabor would set a then-school record of 36 points with 15 field goals and 6 free throws. 15 Orangemen would play with 14 of them scoring.

Syracuse 64, Temple 47 February 9, 1952

Frank Reddout set a school record with 34 rebounds against the Owls, including 20 in the first half. Reddout would also lead all scorers with 18 points. The Orangemen held Temple to 4 of 35 field goal shooting in the first half.

Syracuse 144, Siena 92 January 17, 1979

The Orangemen set a school record scoring 144 points in a victory of Siena. The Orangemen led 69-38 at the half and scored a school record 75 points in the second half. 8 Orangemen scored in double figures with reserve guard Hal Cohen leading the way with 25 points. The Orangemen made 61% of their field goals, and held Siena to 41%. Syracuse had 36 assists on 55 field goals.

Syracuse 127, UConn 117 March 12th, 2009

This game is still fresh to most of us, though it occurred 14+ years ago. #18 ranked Orange played the #3 ranked Huskies in the quarter finals of the Big East tournament. Syracuse thought they won a classic game in regulation when Eric Devendorf hit a half court shot at the buzzer. Replays showed however that the ball was still on his fingertips as time expired.

What happened next was a historical 6-overtime game. The Orange would never lead in overtime until the sixth period. Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn played 67 of the total 70 minutes with 34 points, 11 assists, and 6 steals. Paul Harris lead both teams with 22 rebounds.

Four Orange players would foul out as well as four Huskies, before the Orange won 127-117.