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Best of the Week
This one is obvious – Larry Hughes takes it. With SU in a serious slump, Hughes helped the Orange breakout of it in last Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, pouring in his team’s first 12 points and then not letting up until he had 26 points at halftime. That pace could not be maintained, but Hughes still finished with 33 points as SU crushed the Yellow Jackets 97-63, evening its ACC record at 1-1 a full month after the much-hyped season opener against national champion Virginia ended with the Orange scoring just 34 points.
Rewind and Archive
Among the many anniversaries SU-Georgetown evokes this time around is that it’s now been nearly 30 years since that 1990 game at the Dome. It’s of course best known for John Thompson receiving a raft of technical fouls and getting ejected, but the game was awfully good after he left. Having lost five straight to
Georgetown, the Orange turned it around, winning it on a lay-up from
Stephen Thompson off a bounce pass from Derrick Coleman, despite
Dikembe Mutombo nearly blocking it. Yeah, that was the star power of
the rivalry at the time.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit
Among the many newcomers making an impact on SU’s roster is Quincy Guerrier. There’s long been a pipeline to Canada for the Orange, and Guerrier continues it, arriving from Montreal, Quebec, hardly considered a basketball haven. Guerrier went to a school on Thetford Academy and earned team MVP honors. The interesting part is that this was an award Oshae Brissett earned, too, before he went on to SU and starred the last few years, ultimately finding a professional contract with Raptors 905, the Toronto NBA champions’ G-League team.
Upstate Medical University
Few things were as special this season as seeing what freshman Joseph Girard III did for a special fan from Glens Falls. On November 23, William Linder, age 89 from Gloversville, was able to travel to Syracuse to see the Orange’s game against Bucknell, thanks to arrangements from Linder’s
granddaughter. Linder was in a long battle with prostate cancer and
was in hospice care, yet still wanted to see Girard like he did during
his record-setting high school days. A week after this game, Girard
passed away, but his dream had come true.
Things were going fine for SU until it hit Brooklyn and, in the NIT, absorbed defeats to Oklahoma State and Penn State. Then it got worse in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge when the Orange lost to Iowa, which left SU at 4-4, one of its worst starts in Jim Boeheim’s long tenure. That’s what made the Orange’s 97-63 win over Georgia Tech so timely, bringing this young squad back to life and then getting a full week to work on things before the resumption of
SU’s famous rivalry with Georgetown this Saturday in the nation’s capital.