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When the SU men’s basketball team won 74-69 over Georgetown in the latest edition of this classic old rivalry January 9 at the Dome, it only figured that Buddy Boeheim led the way. With his father draping a towel over his chair in honor of the late John Thompson, Boeheim hit a trio of 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and paced the Orange with 21 points, proving once again his relative value to a team that needs all the perimeter scoring it can find.
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So what was the game that made Jim Lee famous? It came in the 1975 NCAA Tournament, during the round of 16. SU trailed favored North Carolina 76-75 when the Tar Heels turned it over with five seconds left and moments later, Lee hit an 18-foot shot from the corner that proved to be the winning basket in a 78-76 decision. It capped a game where Lee put up 24 points to fuel SU as it went on to knock off Kansas State two days later and make its first-ever Final Four.
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You wonder – who was the leading scorer on that 1974-75 SU men’s basketball team that reached the Final Four? It was Rudy Hackett, who on a team with plenty of guard talent took care of the paint. At 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Hackett would pull down 12.7 rebounds per game to go with his 22.2 points per game, scoring 20 or more points 23 different times and getting 30-plus four times, including the game-tying basket to force overtime in the regional final victory over Kansas State.
Upstate Medical University Community Corner
We saw a wonderful story this week about Jim Lee, the SU basketball great whose jump shot defeated North Carolina in the 1975 NCAA Tournament during the Orange’s first Final Four run. In 2018, Lee was undergoing medical treatment when he found out he had an aneurysm in his aorta. It was fixed, but then in 2019 a blood clot nearly killed him and then he was found to have blocked arteries in his heart. Both times doctors in California were able to treat him and keep Lee alive.
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As sweet as it was for the SU men’s basketball team to get the best of the archrival Georgetown Hoyas on January 9 in a 74-69 decision at the Dome, it was an uneven performance following a defeat to ACC rival Pittsburgh. Then, with a chance to bounce back at North Carolina on January 12, SU was tied late in the game, only to have the Tar Heels exploit the Orange’s lack of depth in the paint, go on a late run and hand SU an 81-75 loss.