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Best of the Week
This is why they got Alan Griffin for SU men’s basketball. After a lackluster first half in the Orange’s March 3 game against Clemson, Griffin took over in the second half of the 64-54 victory, earning most of his 22 points, adding 10 rebounds and throwing in three blocks. This after Griffin only had four points against North Carolina, barely able to help SU cling to its NCAA Tournament hopes that were on life support at the start of the week.
SOS Rewind and Archive
When we look back at the 1995-96 SU men’s basketball team that reached the national title game, it offered a hint at what it could do during the Big East Tournament in New York City, advancing to the semifinals before falling to Connecticut – a team that Ray Allen. Those same Huskies then won an epochal title game over an Allen Iverson-led Georgetown team one night later – but neither UConn nor the Hoyas would advance as far as John Wallace’s Orange did.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit
Who was Wendell Alexis? Truly an unsung hero of SU men’s basketball during its 1980s heyday. In 1985-86, when Pearl Washington led the Orange to the Big East regular-season championship, Alexis was second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game. Eight different times that season, Alexis was the game’s top scorer and he sprinkled in more than his fair share of double-doubles during that memorable season.
Atlas Fence Community Corner
It could not have gone better for either of SU’s lacrosse teams on February 27 at the Dome. First, the no. 2-ranked women’s lacrosse Orange demolished no. 5-ranked Stony Brook 16-6, the second straight time it had beat a top-five squad. Then, later that night, the SU men rebounded from its defeat to Army by pulling away from the Virginia Cavaliers 20-10, restoring some much-needed confidence before heading into the month of March.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap
Heading into March, the SU men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament hopes appeared done after a lopsided loss at Georgia Tech. But the Orange returned home to the Dome and, in a 48-hour span, held off a similarly desperate North Carolina 72-70 and then played a superb second half against Clemson, prevailing 64-54 to avenge an earlier loss to the Tigers and clinch a winning ACC record in advance of next week’s conference tournament.