|1922-1923 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Ed Dollard
Syracuse lost three starters from the previous season, including two of the top three scorers, though leading scorer and team captain George Fisher was returning. Pete MacRae was returning to man the center position, John Gallivan returned to the team, and newcomers, Pep Fasce, Hank Greve, Sidney Mendelson, George Noakes and Bernie Kates joined the squad.
The team had struggled with free throws the previous season, and coach Eddie Dollard was looking for a 'go to' guy as the designated free throw shooter. Kates was the best of the bunch, but he would be injured at points during the season and was not always available. Dollard would try most everyone on the team, and had little success, something that would cost the Orangemen in close games.
Syracuse started the season off with an exciting game against Clarkson. Syracuse led in the first half, but Clarkson fought back in the second half and led by one with time expiring. Pep Fasce won the game with an outside shot as time was expiring. Two games later, Maine would take the Orangemen into overtime. Baskets by Fasce and Pete MacRae would make the difference as Syracuse won 17-13.
Bernie Kates, would re-injure his leg in an easy win over Heinz House in Pittsburgh. The road trip would turn out to be costly as Syracuse would lose their next three road games games, to drop to 5-3, as the team struggled to score.
They came back home to play unbeaten CCNY. The game was fast paced, and CCNY led by one down the stretch. Fisher would make a set shot as the whistle blew to give Syracuse a 31-30 victory.
Syracuse's tendency to have close games and close wins came back to haunt them in the second half of the season. They played a close game with Princeton, where the Tigers rallied to win the game down the stretch, and two games later Colgate beat the Orangemen in a close game. Syracuse's execution on the court was getting sloppy game in and game out, and the enthusiasm on the court was low, with the exception of captain Fisher who was routinely recognized for outstanding play The result was the Orangemen started losing regularly. They would lose seven in a row before winning big over Rochester, and then again over Rochester.
Syracuse would lose the last game of the season to rival Colgate 18-16, giving Syracuse it's first losing season in twelve years, and Coach Eddie Dollard his first losing season ever.
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