Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: There’s little that could be better than knocking off the reigning national champions. After scoring just 34 points against Virginia in the season opener, the Orange got even in Charlottesville, a knock-down, drag-out battle spreading into overtime before the 3-point shooters, quiet most of the way, exploded in those five extra minutes with five hits from beyond the arc. It ended 63-55 in SU’s favor, and Joseph Girard III, already an impact player, would lead his side by scoring 19 points.
SOS Rewind and Archive: Knocking off a reigning national champion? That sounds familiar because, in 1985, SU did the same against Georgetown in January of that year. It was one of the most famous games in Dome history, an atmosphere super-charged as boos and even objects rained down on Patrick Ewing and company. What’s remembered, of course, is that Pearl Washington hit the game-winning shot in that game, and the Hoyas would not lose again – until Villanova’s “Perfect Game” derailed them in a now-legendary NCAA final.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: Never forget who led the 1984-85 SU team in scoring. It wasn’t Pearl Washington, but rather Rafael Addison, certainly one of the most underrated players in program history. His 18.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game provided steady, reliable production all 40 minutes a night. That he didn’t gain the lasting legend of so many of his teammates, predecessors and successors was more a product of the charisma so many of them had, but everyone who played with Addison understood his contributions.
Upstate Medical University Community Corner: The legacy of another 1984-85 SU player, Howard Triche, went beyond his playing days. Triche was a key figure from 1985 to ’87 and started on the NCAA finalists team, averaging nearly 12 points and five rebounds per game, all after nearly tranfserring following his sophomore year. A quarter-century later, his nephew continued the Triche Final Four legacy at SU, Brandon leading the Orange on its 2013 run to the national semifinals.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Just when it looked like SU’s season was headed toward disaster, it pulled the rip cord, going to Charlottesville January 11 and, in a hard-fought battle that went into overtime, knocking off the reigning national champion Virginia Cavaliers 63-55 to avenge the ugly season-opening defeat to them back in early November. And there wasn’t a letdown from the Orange, either, as it proceeded to go to Conte Forum four nights later and dismissing Boston College 76-50 for one of its most lopsided victories in ACC play since it moved to the conference.