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Number Nine: Syracuse Sets Record In NCAA Tournament Win
Syracuse absolutely destroyed Montana by a tune of 81-34 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament out in San Jose, California. The defensive effort was staggering, holding every Montana player to five points or less. Brandon Triche led the way with 20 points for Syracuse. The game went as planned, with the zone completely swallowing up any offense Montana tried to muster.
It was the most lopsided victory in NCAA tournament history for a team seeded third or worse. This game was memorable for both Syracuse fans and the rest of the country, as it was a coming out party nationally for the Syracuse 2-3 zone. CBS analyst Seth Davis picked the Grizzlies to upset the Orange in the first round of the tournament, and was seen on the set at CBS wearing an Orange wig and holding an Orange pennant due to a bet with WTKW in Syracuse following the Syracuse victory. The win was the first of four for the Orange en route to the Final Four.
Here is the box score from the game, courtesy of ESPN:
|James Southerland, F||28||3-8||1-3||2-2||1||3||1||1||0||0||2||9|
|C.J. Fair, F||22||5-8||1-1||2-3||0||3||2||1||0||2||0||13|
|Brandon Triche, G||29||5-6||2-2||8-10||0||1||4||4||0||2||2||20|
|Michael Carter-Williams, G||29||2-3||0-0||0-1||2||8||9||3||0||2||2||4|
|Rakeem Christmas, F||17||4-6||0-0||1-3||1||5||0||1||2||0||0||9|
|Matt Lyde-Cajuste, F||6||0-2||0-0||0-0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0|
|Nolan Hart, G||2||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Baye Keita, C||8||1-1||0-0||0-1||0||2||0||0||2||0||0||2|
|Russ DeRemer, G||2||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Trevor Cooney, G||18||2-5||1-4||2-2||0||2||1||1||0||1||0||7|
|Jerami Grant, F||22||1-3||0-0||3-4||1||8||2||0||0||1||2||5|
|DaJuan Coleman, F||15||4-9||0-0||4-5||3||6||1||1||0||0||0||12|
|Griffin Hoffmann, G||2||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|