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Men's Hoops: Syracuse Dropped by DII Le Moyne in "Exhibition"

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Men's Hoops: Syracuse Dropped by DII Le Moyne in "Exhibition"

Bytor tipped me on this, and was going to put it up, but may have forgot!


The playing field is really being leveled with the insurgence of multi-media recruiting tactics, etc…

Granted these schools are three miles part from one another, but how does a BE Team lose to a DII school in an exhibition??

And how does a 'Cuse team have Coach B say this afterwards:

"We have not played that much against zones and their zone was active."

Whaa?? They play against a zone every day in practice - that is their mainstay defense. Famous for it.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Christopher Johnson scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds remaining, and Division II Le Moyne stunned Syracuse 82-79 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.

Wes Johnson, who led Syracuse with 34 points, hit a 3 from the left corner to put Syracuse ahead 79-78 with 22 seconds left. Christopher Johnson responded with his sixth 3-pointer of the game, which came from the left side off a broken play.

After Wes Johnson missed a 3, Can Ozkaner added a free throw with 1.3 seconds left for Le Moyne.

Andy Rautins had 13 points and Rick Jackson finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Orange, who led by as many as 10 early in the second half.

Le Moyne is a Division II school in Syracuse. It returns 11 letter winners, including four starters, from last year's 20-11 squad.

Source: Associated Press

“I thought for the whole game Le Moyne really out-played us from the beginning of the game to the end. There was one stretch where they missed a couple shots and we got the lead early, but they out-played us the whole game.

They were much more disciplined, their movement was better, and they’re screening was better.  We have not played that much against zones and their zone was active. It was a very good zone. We didn’t move the ball like we needed to, but with all that said, we still scored enough points.

We couldn’t stop them on the dribble and that’s one thing that has been something we have been looking at in practice and worried about. We’re having trouble with dribble penetration and tonight that certainly was a problem. Arinze (Onuaku) always has trouble against small teams that have guys that can put the ball on the floor and go by. That was the case tonight."

Source: suathleics.com
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