|1934-1935 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Lew Andreas
|Lloyd 'Skids' Sanford||Sr||G||17||17||-||-||-||-||-||-||74||4.4|
Syracuse had finished the previous season with eight straight wins, but was missing the starting backcourt of the previous three seasons with the graduation of Elky Maister and Ronnie Phillips. Despite the losses of those two, it would be an experienced squad on the court with four senior starters. Lou Alkoff was the team captain, and moved to guard with Skids Sanford, who shifted over from center. Rising star sophomore Ed Sonderman was tapped to be the center with Ollie Scott backing him up. Sharp shooters Johnny DeYoung and Don Pickard were set to start at forward.
The Orangemen started the season with promising results winning their fix six games, scoring 40 or more points in each game. The team was playing solid defense and had outstanding ball handling, and the sharp shooters were making their baskets. Sonderman missed a few games because of a foot infection, but Scott stepped in admirably.
The first big game of the season came against Penn, who was once again one of the top teams in the country. The Quakers put a lot of defensive pressure on DeYoung, and the rest of the team had problems scoring, as Penn won easily 34-22, snapping the Orangemen's 14 game winning streak.
Syracuse struggled offensively against Union, again with a lot of double teaming on DeYoung, and the rest of the team shooting poorly. They were able to pull out a victory 28-22. They would then travel to Fordham and lose a heart breaker 27-24, though DeYoung did have his shooting touch back.
The Orangemen played a tough game against their top rival Colgate with the Orangemen coming out on top 27-23. DeYoung broke some ribs in the game and reserve Marc Guley hurt his ankle; both would miss a few weeks action. Syracuse would play two games, on the road, over a span of 18 hours, while beating a tough Princeton and Army squads on their respective home courts. Syracuse had a 12 point lead against Niagara, which looked like it would be a lopsided victory. However, Niagara battled back to make it a tough competition after both Sonderman and Scott fouled out. The Orangemen would hold on to win 38-35 in what ended up being a tight game.
Syracuse would finish the season out strong, with DeYoung and Guley both returning. The Orangemen would beat Penn State and Colgate to finish the season with eight straight wins, and a 15-2 overall record.
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