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Big East Tournament: Session 8
Championship Game
Syracuse Orange vs. Louisville Cardinals

The magic ended for the Orange on Saturday night as the Syracuse Marathon Men lost in the Big East Championship game to Louisville. In what seemed like 40 minutes of hell, the Cardinals ran a full court press for the entire 40 minutes. Throughout the first half, Syracuse seemed to have no problem bringing the ball up the court and were converting fast break opportunities into baskets. Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins once again came out firing in the championship game. Andy hit 3 triples in the first half and the cuse enjoyed an 8 point half time lead. It certainly looked to be a championship half for the Orange as we looked poised and unflappable under the pressure.

As the second half got underway, I remember thinking to myself that Louisville had turned an 8 point deficit into a 14 point win one night earlier against Villanova. If we were going to avoid suffering that same fate, we needed to throw the first punch of the second half. It didn’t happen and a few costly turnovers got Louisville back into the game very quickly. At the 17:12 mark of the second half, the Cardinals had already captured a 3 point lead. That was fast!!! Not even 3 minutes into the second half, we had already erased everything we worked so hard to get in the first half. All the sudden the poise from the first half had waned and the Orange guards seemed to be wilting under the Louisville pressure. The Louisville pit bulls (a name given to their guards) were doing an excellent job trapping and picking up full court. Terrance Williams had 7 steals and the second half rout was on. Eventually, the cuse would suffer a 10 point loss. Don’t know if we ran out of legs, or were just overmatched, but hats off to Louisville for an outstanding tournament. Jonny Flynn was named most outstanding player of the tournament, going from an ordinary Syracuse point guard who only avid college basketball fans know, to household name and legend, after the epic showdowns in Madison Square Gardens. Was very proud to be a fan of the Orange this week, even if we came up a bit short.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

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