Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Though he has gone through some early-season struggles, Glens Falls’ own Joseph Girard III had a better time of it in the SU men’s basketball team’s 87-52 romp over Rider on December 5 at the Dome. Hitting on six of his 12 shots from the floor, all of them 3-pointers, Girard finished with 21 points, just behind Alan Griffin’s 23, which more than made up for the fact that Girard had a rare free-throw miss.
SOS Rewind and Archive: In this week that SU faced Rutgers, it’s instructive to go back to the time they met in the 1975-76 season. Fresh off its first-ever Final Four appearance, the Orange tried to upend an undefeated Scarlet Knights squad in New Jersey, but lost 93-80. Rutgers remained undefeated all the way to the Final Four in Philadelphia, but then lost to Michigan, who ultimately fell to Indiana in the NCAA title game, the Hoosiers remaining the last team to pull off a perfect season in Division I hoops.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: So who indeed led the SU men’s basketball team in scoring in 1975-76? Most of the time it was Jimmy “Bug” Williams, who put up 15.3 points per game for the Orange on its way to a 20-9 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. It also turned out to be Roy Danforth’s last season at the helm as he left to take the athletic director job at Tulane University, giving a young assistant named Boeheim the chance to take over.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: It’s worth noting that one of the starters on the 1975-76 SU men’s basketball team would make a huge local impact in a different way. That would be Kevin King, who started the first four games of his senior season but then was a reserve the rest of the way. Decades later, he took over as head coach at Westhill High School and has led the Warriors to a quartet of state Class B championships in an eight-year span from 2010 to 2017.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Playing two more games without Buddy Boeheim in the lineup, the SU men’s basketball team split them. The Orange were dominant in an 87-52 win over the Rider Broncs on December 5 at the Dome, hitting 15 of 30 shots from 3-point range, but could not carry that success over to its game at Rutgers in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on December 8, the game close in the late going until the ranked Scarlet Knights took over in the late stages to prevail 79-69.