|1909-1910 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: John A.R. Scott
The Orangemen were coming off a losing season and looking to improve. They had a star player in forward Matt Lee, and needed to develop the players around him. Unfortunately, the season did not work out that way.
Lee would lead the Orangemen in scoring with nearly 10 ppg, and would be the top scorer in every game he played, with the exception of the Oberlin game, which he came off the bench due to illness that week. Lee was also the designated free throw shooter for the team, taking all but one of the team's free throws.
Team captain John Kilpatrick started virtually all the games at center and would provide some offense, and Ernest Ainslee was a regular at guard. There was a lot of turnover early in the season at the other two positions; in February Jack Scully would take over permanently the other guard position, and Murray Lyons would become the regular forward. Unfortunately, other than Kilpatrick, there was very little scoring support at all for Lee. In a loss to Rochester, Lee scored all of Syracuse's points.
The schedule played no favors for the Orangemen. The team started out 2-5, and then had a road trip with four games in different cities on four consecutive nights, where they went 0-4. The team provided a strong effort every night, but did not have the offensive talent to put points in the basket, a problem that plagued them all season long.
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