A quick take on Boeheim’s Army’s 91-84 loss to the Untouchables in The Basketball Tournament’s Round of 16 in Philadelphia:
WHAT HAPPENED: Trailing throughout the first half, and much of the second, Boeheim’s Army took a 46-45 lead midway through the second half on a dunk from Mookie Watkins. But the Untouchables, powered by 3-point shooting, retook the lead shortly after. Trailing by five with just under a minute to go, Boeheim’s Army had the ball and a chance to cut into the lead, but Hakim Warrick missed a pair of free throws, and Boeheim’s Army was eliminated from the winner-take-all $2 million dollar tournament.
ANALYSIS: The 3-point line proved to be the difference in the game, along with free throw shooting. Boeheim’s Army shot just 2 for 9 from downtown in the first half, while the Pittsburgh alumni team was 7 for 18 during the same stretch, and 13 of 31 for the game. Boeheim’s Army also struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 20 for 30.
HERO: Jermaine Dixon led the Untouchables with 22 points, including 4 of 6 shooting from beyond the arc. He was one of five players in double figures. For Syracuse, Eric Devendorf shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but also hit eight free throws to lead the Syracuse alumni team with 18 points.
ZERO: Doug Sherman, a Syracuse graduate, was on the call for ESPN. He shamefully stated that the Orange had lost the six overtime game to UCONN in 2009. Thankfully, the history books state otherwise.
WHAT’S NEXT: Undoubtedly, Boeheim’s Army will be back next year, and will be a fixture in Syracuse basketball fandom’s summer schedule. For the Untouchables, they will play the top seed in the Northeast region, City of Gods.
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