To celebrate Syracuse’s great basketball season, InsideTheLoudHouse will be counting down the ten best games of the year for the next ten days. Check back tomorrow for the next game in the installment!#10: Syracuse Gets Revenge Win Over Pittsburgh In Big East Tournament (3/14/2013) #9: Syracuse Sets Record In NCAA Tournament Win (3/21/2013) #8: Syracuse Wins Final Big East Game In The Carrier Dome (3/6/2013)
Number Seven: Southerland Scores 35 In Big East/SEC Challenge Road Win (11/30/2012)
James Southerland scored a career high 35 points in Syracuse’s 91-82 win over Arkansas in the Big East/SEC Challenge on November 30, 2012. James hit his first five threes of the game, and never looked back during his terrific performance.
This game was important for a few reasons. First, it ended the annual “true road test” argument that the talking heads use against Syracuse annually. This was a true win on the road in a hostile environment, and this was proven so in hindsight, as it was the only home loss for Arkansas in the entire season. This game showed the grit of the Orange, who faced the rowdy crowd in Fayetteville and scored at will offensively.
Another reason why this game was important was because it was a showing of what Michael Carter-Williams is capable of on national television. MCW finished the game with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists in the winning effort. While Southerland’s game stole the spotlight, this was a monster game from Carter-Williams, as it really showed the potential that he had as a player.
And finally, it was nice to win a game that appeared to be forced on the Orange. There was a situation regarding a scheduling conflict with this game, and for a short while Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross declared the Orange would be unable to play the game. The fact that Syracuse finally did end up playing, it is always a good thing to win, as the public perception prior to the game was that the Orange didn’t want to play on the road (see two paragraphs up). All in all this was a great win, and it showed the country that Syracuse was loaded with talent.
Here is the Syracuse box score from the game, courtesy of ESPN:
|C.J. Fair, F||39||5-10||0-2||4-5||0||4||2||0||1||4||4||14|
|Rakeem Christmas, F||12||0-2||0-0||0-0||1||3||0||1||2||3||1||0|
|Brandon Triche, G||31||7-16||2-7||1-2||2||3||3||4||0||3||4||17|
|Michael Carter-Williams, G||34||7-15||0-3||3-5||3||10||9||3||0||6||4||17|
|DaJuan Coleman, F||12||1-5||0-0||1-3||2||5||0||0||0||0||2||3|
|James Southerland, F||32||12-17||9-13||2-3||0||6||0||0||1||2||4||35|
|Baye Keita, C||25||1-1||0-0||1-2||2||6||0||0||1||0||3||3|
|Trevor Cooney, G||14||0-2||0-1||2-4||0||0||3||0||1||1||3||2|
|Jerami Grant, F||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|