Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: The sight of Boston College on the schedule had to make Elijah Hughes salivate. Off a defeat to North Carolina, Hughes had to make something happen for SU against the Eagles – and he did so, hitting on 11 of 20 field goals on his way to 28 points. This, along with the 21 points from Buddy Boeheim, pushed SU past BC 84-71, completing a season sweep of the Eagles and assuring that, despite all of its struggles, the Orange would still finish at .500 in the ACC.
SOS Rewind and Archive: Maybe it figured that Boston College faced SU right after the last game under the old Dome roof. For the Eagles were victim of the single most dramatic basketball moment in SU’s 40 years spent beneath that roof – January 21, 1984, last seconds, a missed free throw, Pearl Washington, half-court, “The Shot”. It says something about Pearl’s impact on the entire Orange program that his number 31 was painted on the court a few years ago to mark the spot where he fired – and converted.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: So who was the opponent when SU played its first basketball game in the new Dome on November 29, 1980? It was Columbia, from the Ivy League, and like so many that would follow, the Lions were unable to stop SU in the Dome, the Orange prevailing 108-81. This was the year after the Louie-N-Bouie Show, but Danny Schayes and Leo Rautins were around, Rautins later gaining fame by hitting the winning shot in the triple-overtime Big East final against Villanova, the only time the tournament was held in the Dome.
Upstate Medical University Community Corner: To mention Leo Rautins and Danny Schayes brings up plenty of local memories. Danny’s dad, Dolph, was of course a member of the Syracuse Nationals team that won the 1955 NBA championship and returned to this community after his career ended, Danny also going to the NBA. And Leo Rautins would serve as a radio analyst for SU basketball games while watching his son, Andy, win state titles at Jamesville-DeWitt and then put together his own fine SU career.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Even in a season where North Carolina had fallen way off its usual form, the Tar Heels still managed to spoil the last game inside the Dome before the roof came down, getting 51 combined points from Garrison Brooks and Cole Anthony to take down SU 92-79 on February 29, leap year day. At least the Orange made up for it a little bit a few nights later with a routine 84-71 win over Boston College at Chestnut Hills, which clinched a winning record, something that’s always happened during Jim Boeheim’s tenure.