Mar 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Brandon Triche (20) reacts on the court against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second half of a semifinal game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse won 58-55 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Winning The One That Matters: Syracuse Defeats Georgetown In Final Big East Meeting


 

“Just us losing last time by 20, that meant a lot for us to even get to play against them again,” Triche said. “Just reading comments from them, talking trash about us, it made it even more important to win a game like this.”

What a beautiful day today is.

The world is once again spinning the right way on it’s axis. Up is no longer down, left is no longer right. The sadness of the (real) Big East ending is still looming, but that is the furthest thing from any Syracuse fan’s mind. Yes, the first two games against Georgetown were absolute nightmares for the Orange. Just six days ago, Georgetown dismantled Syracuse in a game that many consider the worst regular season loss of Jim Boeheim’s career.

But what hindsight will prove 5 years down the road is simple: nobody will remember those first two games, only the last one.

There are many Orange men to applaud after this winning performance. James Southerland once again propelled the team in the first half, while Brandon Triche stepped up his play with timely shots in the second half to keep the Orange in position to win. CJ Fair had a man’s dunk in overtime, And Trevor Cooney scored ten points while grabbing 4 rebound in the first half.

But the most important player on the floor in my opinion was Baye Keita. Keita went 7-7 from the free throw line, and played out of his mind last night. With all the heroes in last night’s effort, I can’t help but think Keita was the most important in the victory. He was aggressive, smart, and didn’t allow himself to get pushed around down low. When Syracuse can get that kind of play from a big man,  the Orange will be extremely difficult to guard.

Enjoy the day, Syracuse fans. It’s only fitting Syracuse is in the final (real) Big East Championship final, and as much respect as I have for Louisville and their program, barring a six overtime game I don’t see how the game tonight will even stay in the memory of Syracuse fans after last night.

 

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