Part I: Best Syracuse memory for each Boeheim’s Army player

Syracuse forward Kris Joseph smiles
Syracuse forward Kris Joseph smiles. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Boeheim’s Army returns for its fourth season, and will try to defend its Northeast Regional Championship in The Basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 21 in Brooklyn (TV: ESPN3). As we get closer to the start of The Tournament, let’s take a look at the best moment from each player’s Syracuse career.

This is Part I. Part II will run later in the week.

John Gillon: Syracuse fans have two memories to choose from during Gillon’s graduate transfer year. With the Orange badly needing a road win for its NCAA Tournament resume in the 2017 season, Gillon poured in 43 points and nine assists to lead Syracuse to a 100-93 overtime win. To even get to overtime, Gillon drained a 3-pointer with .1 seconds left to stun the crowd at PNC arena. Three weeks later, Gillon was at it again, hitting a buzzer-beating banked 3-pointer to defeat then-No. 10 Duke for a 78-75 win.

Arinze Onuaku: Many remember Syracuse’s surprising 87-71 win over then-No. 4 UNC in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden as Wes Johnson’s coming out party, and rightfully so. But Onuaku had a big hand in that game as well, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half to go with seven rebounds. Syracuse opened the second half on a 22-1 run, with Onuaku scoring six points during that stretch.

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Kris Joseph: Joseph left as Syracuse’s winningest player in program history, with 119 victories in four years. One of his biggest games came in the 2012 season in a 64-61 overtime victory against arch-rival Georgetown in Jim Boeheim’s 880th career victory. Joseph buried a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, sealing the win for the Orange as part of a career-high 29 points.

Demetris Nichols: Nichols, known as a sharpshooter through his Syracuse career, lived up to that reputation in a 76-74 win over St. John’s in the 2007 season. For the second time in college, he topped the 30-point mark, pouring in 37 points (a record for a Big East game) to go with 10 rebounds. Nichols scored 26 points in the second half and drained seven 3-pointers, also a career-high.

Check back later this week as we look back at the best moments from the SU careers of Eric Devendorf, Dashonte Riley, James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Hakim Warrick.

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