|1928-1929 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Lew Andreas
|Lou 'Tuppy' Hayman||So||F||15||15||64||0||41||0||0||0||169||11.3|
Syracuse was coming off a 10-6 season, and four of Lew Andreas' top players had graduated. Fortunately a talented class of sophomores was about to join the varsity squad and give Syracuse a great three year run.
Bart Shaw was the lone senior with experience and was the team captain, slotted to play center. Johnny Harwood returned, and Andreas chose to start junior Tony DeFilippo and sophomore Dan Fogarty at guards, with sophomores Ken Beagle and Tuppy Hayman at forward. Shaw would hurt his ankle in the fall, and was scheduled to miss the early season.
The season ended up being delayed a month as a flu epidemic hit the Syracuse campus and area. The first four games of the season were cancelled, leaving the Orangemen with a shorted 15 game season.
The season began January 5th against Cornell, with Harwood replacing Shaw at center. The Orangemen would win their first two games, both against Cornell, convincingly. Sophomore guard Ev Katz scored 15 against Cornell from the bench, and Andreas knew he had to start the speedy guard into his lineup. Harwood was playing center at 5'11", which was short for a center even by the standards of the day. However, with Harwood and Katz both track stars, and Beagle, Hayman and Fogarty extremely quick themselves, Syracuse had one of the fastest teams in the country.
They would lose to Fordham in their third game, as their inexperience showed and their offense struggled to generated a solid offensive pattern against the Rams solid defense. The Orangemen would then go on a five game winning streak, including a 2 point victory over rival Colgate. Katz and Hayman were providing a strong scoring twosome, and Fogarty was playing outstanding defense at the point.
The Orangemen would lose three more games on the season, including the season finale. Shaw would return into the starting lineup mid season, and he and Harwood would share playing time at the center. Hayman would score 20 points against Hobart, outscoring the entire Hobart team in a 40-18 Syracuse victory. Katz was beating everyone down the court for easy baskets, and Beagle was providing solid offense from the other offensive position.
Shaw was the only player with significant playing time departing the squad, so Syracuse fans knew there was an excellent opportunity the next season for some exciting basketball on the hill.
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