Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: In a difficult week for SU hoops, Quincy Gerrier provided some light. During the Orange’s 67-63 defeat to Virginia Tech January 7 at the Dome, Guerrier saw far more minutes than he had earlier in the season due to the struggles of others, and certainly made the best of them, nearly earning a double-double as he finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, proving that he could be an important piece in the Orange’s plans for the rest of the season.
SOS Rewind and Archive: Now it’s been 10 years since the famed 2009-10 season of the Orange that saw it rise to no. 1 in the national rankings and win 30 games. A big part of this remarkable campaign was the way things started in November, December and Januaray as the Orange bolted out 13-0. And those weren’t ordinary wins against overmatched nonconferenc foes, either, as the victims included ranked California and North Carolina in the preseason NIT and Florida in December, each of them ranked in the nation’s top 15 at the time.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: When SU fell to 8-7 after back-to-back defeats in the opening days, a concern was that the Orange would suffer its first losing season in Jim Boeheim’s long and storied tenure. The last time it had happened? Way back in 1968-69, more than half a century ago. Roy Danforth was the brand-new head coach replacing Fred Lewis, who had coached Dave Bing, and Danforth’s first team went 9-16. It nearly happened again a year later, but SU sneaked out a 12-12 campaign, went to the NIT a year later and has finished above .500 every year since.
Upstate Medical University Community Corner: More than anything else, that 2009-10 SU team proved the power of SU’s bloodlines and local ties. Andy Rautins (son of Leo) and Brandon Triche (nephew of Howard), both of whom starred for state championship teams at nearby Jamesville-DeWitt, combined in the backcourt to average more than 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game. In addition, Rautins helped belie the Orange’s long-held image of poor free-throw shooting, connecting on 81.5 percent of his attempts at the charity stripe.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Here was where SU basketball’s season took a negative turn. In the first game of 2020 on January 4, the Orange found itself in a thriller with Notre Dame, only to fall 88-87 as both teams lit it up from outside with 15 3-pointers apiece, but it was the Irish hanging on at the end. It was far different against Virginia Tech three nights later, SU still quite efficient from the field and getting great and unexpected production from Quincy Gerrier, but still coming up short in a 67-63 defeat to the Hokies as its record fell to 8-7.