|1939-1940 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Lew Andreas
Dick Jensen was team captain. Stan Kruse sank a basket with 45 seconds to play to beat Cornell on December 19th. Syracuse blew a 13 point second half lead to Princeton.Syracuse led Michigan State 29-27 with two minutes to play, but lost when the Spartans rallied. Kartluke would score 27 points against St. Lawrence to break Vic Hanson's single game scoring record in a 49-37 win. Next game, Colgate would hold Kartluke to six points in the second half. However, in the second half Kartluke would explode for 20 points. Syracuse trailed Colgate 44-43 as time was expiring. Syracuse passed the ball into Kartluke for the 'bucket play', but instead of taking the shot (which Kartluke had made all night) he kicked the ball to Stan Kruse who shot the game winner.
Three nights later Syracuse lead Niagara 12-7, when Niagara would go on an 18 point streak, to easily take the game away from the Orangemen. Against Army Leo Canale missed a free throw as time expired, leaving the game tied 44-44. Army would win it in overtime with Arky Vaughan hitting a free throw with 2 minutes remaining, and neither team scored again. Led Colgate 26-18 at half of last game of season; Colgate rallied back to win 49-39.
Bobby Twiford would miss most of the season for medical reasons, and Paul McMillen would fight an early season ailment that would hamper his conditioning all season.
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