Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Even though SU lost 80-77 to top 10-ranked Florida State and was unable to hold a late lead, it was still another instance where Joseph Girard III showed that he was the real deal. Hitting five 3-pointers and going three-for-three at the free-throw line, Girard finished with 22 points, just behind Elijah Hughes’ total of 24. Just as in his legendary career at Glens Falls High School that included state and Federation championships, Girard seems to bring his best efforts in the biggest games.
SOS Rewind and Archive: This was the week when Lawrence Moten finally saw his Big East scoring mark surpassed by Marquette’s Markus Howard. The mark stood for 25 years, established during a four-year stint where Moten never averaged less than 18 points per game any year. He peaked in 1993-94, on a team that included Adrian Autry and John Wallace, where he put up 21.5 points per game, plus 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 rebounds, as the Orange made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to Missouri.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: Lucious Jackson was a key figure on the 1994-95 SU team. But many don’t know that he was the son of a great player, Luke Jackson. In fact, Jackson had a part on one of the great teams in NBA history, the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers. On a roster that included the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Chet Walker, Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer, the Sixers won a then-record 68 games, broke the Boston Celtics’ eight-year stranglehold on NBA supremacy and ultimately defeated the San Francisco Warriors in the championship series.
Upstate Medical University Community Corner: You want to know how classy a person Lawrence Moten is? When Marquette’s Marcus Howard broke Moten’s 25-year-old Big East record for career scoring, Moten flew out to Milwaukee to honor Howard prior to the Golden Eagles’ game against Georgetown. Moten had 1,405 points in the Big East games he played from 1992 to 1995, and no matter what he accomplished at SU and beyond, Moten never got too big of an ego and remained an endearing figure to the CNY hoops community.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: This was a rough stretch for SU – no getting around it. Against Florida State, the ACC leaders, on February 15 in Tallahassee, the Orange put up an inspired effort, but could not quite topple the no. 8-ranked Seminoles in an 80-77 defeat. But at least SU had a chance in that game, quite unlike what happened at Lousiville on February 19. The Cardinals absolutely dominated the game the way no other ACC opponent had done to the Orange this season and won 90-66, with SU’s record falling to 14-12 overall.