|1932-1933 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Lew Andreas
|Lloyd 'Skids' Sanford||So||C||16||16||-||-||-||-||-||-||65||4.1|
With a deep sophomore class from the previous season (now juniors), Lew Andreas was going to have a deep and talented team for the season. Elky Maister and Ronnie Phillips would form one of the strongest backcourts in Syracuse basketball history (up to that point in time). Maister was a tremendous defensive player and a smart shooter, while Phillips was a team leader and strong scorer.
Three new faces joined the starting lineup as sophomores Johnny DeYoung, Lou Alkoff and Skids Sanford would join the team. DeYoung was a tremendous shooter and Alkoff and Sanford were strong inside players. The young talent performed so well that team captain Whitey Bock lost his starting position just three games into the season.
Syracuse started the season with a tough schedule, six games on the road, including three in four nights against Case Western, Michigan and Michigan State. The Orangemen would lose to Case Western and Michigan, and finish the road trip (and the start of their season) at 4-2. The close games was forcing Andreas to keep his starters on the court for most the game, and as a result, the reserves, other than Bock, saw little playing time.
That would all change when the Orangemen got back to Syracuse and started playing some home games. They Orangemen would start winning, and winning big, finishing the season with 12 straight wins to make their overall record 14-2.
They would have a close game against Cornell on January 18th, in which the Orangemen pulled out a three point victory. Rochester held the Orangemen very close until about ten minutes to go in the game, where the Orangemen then opened it up for a 22-11 victory. The rest of the games came rather easily, including a big win over perennial powerhouse Penn 34-22. The starters were often pulled by halftime, and the talented reserves led by Bock, Don Pickard and George Beech would keep the points rolling.
The Orangemen would finish 12-0 in the unofficial 'Eastern League' of college basketball.
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