The game doesn’t count, but to the basketball team of tiny LeMoyne college (2,800 students) it is very very real and very very special. Christopher Johnson scored 22 points, 17 of which came in the 2nd half, including a three pointer with just 8 seconds left to give LeMoyne a huge upset. The school, which is in Syracuse, competes in the Division 2 Northeast 10 Conference. The school’s athletes also maintained an overall GPA of 3.09 last year.
LeMoyne shot 48.4% from the field, and 7-20 from three to pull the upset. They scored less points off turnovers than the Orange, but their bench outscored Syracuse’s 36-10.
The ESPN.com article says that LeMoyne took advantage of Syracuse’s man-to-man defense, which is either a typo, or Jim Boeheim took this game as a chance to experiment a little. Still, it is a great win for a tiny school, and one that the players will be able to talk about for the rest of their lives. Go Dolphins.
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All numbers in this post are from the great Ken Pomeroy. 2008-09 ranks are below:
Conference rank: 26 out of 32
Best Team: Cornell (104)
Worst Team: Brown (302)
Last year the Cornell Big Red won their 2nd Ivy League title in a row, and just missed out on being a much higher seed. They were down just 1 at the half to St. Johns, trailed by 4 at the half at Siena, trailed by 6 at the half at Indiana, led Syracuse by 5 at the half, led Minnesota 40-28 at the half, lost by 4 at St. Joes, and trailed by just 4 in their first round NCAA game vs. Missouri. The Big Red did so on the back of the 8th best three point shooting team in the country (40.3%). With a Senior laden team led by Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman, look for Cornell to make their third straight NCAA Tournament. Continue reading