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.