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 II. Part I ran earlier in the week.
Hakim Warrick: Well, this was easy. With less than a second left in the 2003 National Title game, Kansas’ Michael Lee had what appeared to be an open look for a potential game-tying 3-pointer. That is, until Warrick flew in from the baseline, gracefully swatting Lee’s offering harmlessly into the crowd. Warrick’s block helped preserve Syracuse’s 81-78 win, and cement his place in Syracuse lore.
Eric Devendorf: Devendorf will be most remembered for a shot that didn’t end up counting. As time expired in regulation in what would be Syracuse’s epic six overtime game against UConn in the 2009 Big East Tournament, Devendorf caught an errant pass and threw up a long 3-pointer that appeared to beat the buzzer. Thinking that he had, he climbed up on the media table as his teammates swarmed him. As it turns out, the shot was a tenth of a second late, which was the start to a six-overtime, 127-117 win for the Orange.
Brandon Triche: Triche played a perfect game in the first half of a 2013 matchup against Louisville. On the road in Kentucky, Triche went 7-for-7 from the floor and 4-for-4 from 3-point land, en route to 18 first half points. Though he would cool off in the second half, finishing with 23 points, his effort helped SU to a 70-68 win on the road.
Deshonte Riley: In his freshman year, Riley was pressed into service in the NCAA Tournament after an injury to Arinze Onuaku in the 2010 Big East Tournament against Georgetown. He averaged 10.7 minutes in three NCAA Tournament games, including two rebounds, two assists and a block in the opening round game against Vermont.
James Southerland: Who is the only player in SU history to score more than 30 points after coming off the bench? The answer begins and ends at Southerland. His 35 points against Arkansas in December, 2012 led the Orange to a 91-82 road victory, and his nine 3-pointers tied a school record.