The sequence actually came within a longer one of just over a minute, where the Orange turned the Red Raiders over six times in a row. It began at the 8:51 mark when James Southerland picked off a kickout pass to the corner from Colgate’s Mike Venezia, who found himself swarmed with nowhere to go underneath the basket. Southerland finished the fast break the other way with an open jumper at the top of the key.
Did you ever play Nintendo with the Game Genie? You’d put in Super Mario Bros. and make Mario invincible and be able to jump five times higher than normal. At first it was one of the most amazing things ever but slowly you started to miss the challenges of the normal game. Without the element of real competition it began to lose its appeal. That’s now how I feel watching Syracuse demolish its opponents.
After the game, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim took the podium amid the frenetic clicking of camera shutters, addressing the media in his first open press conference since news broke Thursday that longtime SU assistant coach Bernie Fine was under investigation for allegedly molesting two former Syracuse ball boys.
With the unconfirmed (as of early Friday) suspension of defensive standout Phillip Thomas for perhaps the final two games, and offensive struggles reminiscent of last November’s swoon, it’s time for Marrone, his staff, and players to once again rally in a one-game setting that will go a long way towards defining the pulse of the program’s direction as it heads towards the bridge to the ACC.