1973-1974 Syracuse Orangemen
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Overall 19-7 NCAA Tournament Round of 48 Schedule Results
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Coach: Roy Danforth

Player Cl Pos G GS FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% Ast Reb Fls DQ Pts Ppg Apg Rpg
Dennis DuVal Sr G
25
25
239
555
43.1%
36
55
65.5%
85
114
-
-
514
20.6
3.4
4.6
Jimmy Lee Jr G
26
26
152
304
50.0%
52
64
81.3%
107
84
-
-
356
13.7
4.1
3.2
Fred Saunders Sr F
16
14
73
159
45.9%
11
27
40.7%
56
156
-
-
157
9.8
3.5
9.8
Rudy Hackett Jr F
26
26
179
319
56.1%
78
129
60.5%
70
303
-
-
436
16.8
2.7
11.7
Bob Dooms Sr C
26
26
54
130
41.5%
15
21
71.4%
23
129
-
-
123
4.7
0.9
5.0
Chris Sease So F
25
3
43
83
51.8%
32
43
74.4%
8
81
-
-
118
4.7
0.3
3.2
Kevin King So G/F
21
4
38
91
41.8%
17
29
58.6%
47
66
-
-
93
4.4
2.2
3.1
Tom Stundis Sr C
19
0
21
69
30.4%
26
36
72.2%
22
47
-
-
68
3.6
1.2
2.5
Scott Stapleton Sr G
15
0
24
47
51.1%
19
24
79.2%
12
12
-
-
67
4.5
0.8
0.8
Mark Meadors So F
17
0
17
39
43.6%
9
13
69.2%
9
12
-
-
43
2.5
0.5
0.7
Steve Shaw Jr F
11
5
15
35
42.9%
7
13
53.8%
10
30
-
-
37
3.4
0.9
2.7
Jimmy Williams Fr G
12
1
11
26
42.3%
4
6
66.7%
28
8
-
-
26
2.2
2.3
0.7
Don Degner Jr F
7
0
8
18
44.4%
7
16
43.8%
3
28
-
-
23
3.3
0.4
4.0
Bill Suprunowicz Sr G
10
0
7
16
43.8%
1
4
25.0%
0
3
-
-
15
1.5
0.0
0.3
Bill DeMarle So F
5
0
2
9
22.2%
1
3
33.3%
1
6
-
-
5
1.0
0.2
1.2
Larry Kelley Fr G
2
0
1
3
33.3%
0
0
0.0%
2
3
-
-
2
1.0
1.0
1.5
Bob Parker Fr C
3
0
0
1
0.0%
1
4
25.0%
0
3
-
-
1
0.3
0.0
1.0

The team started with the highest expectations since the Dave Bing era, with a preseason top 20 ranking. Three starters returned from the previous season's 24-5 team, including All American Dennis DuVal and big man Rudy Hackett. Jimmy Lee stepped into the starting lineup, and Bob Dooms returned to the center position. The fifth starter position was up for grabs, but Coach Danforth knew he had a couple of talented transfers in Kevin King and Fred Saunders, who would be eligible to play the second semester.

The team started out hot, winning its first six and 'Sweet D' DuVal threw in a couple of 30+ point games. Steve Shaw struggled at the small forward position, so high flying Chris Sease stepped into the starting role for a few games, before King became eligible. Unfortunately, the team went into a mini slump, losing 3 of 4.

Finally, Saunders, the highly touted senior transfer from Louisiana Lafayette was eligible, and he added some flash and muscle to the team. They would go 10-3 down the stretch and earn and NCAA bid.

In the first round they met Oral Roberts. It was a tight game, with Duval leading the way with 28 points. The scored was tied, and time was running out when Saunders spotted Hackett beneath the basket. Hackett went up for the layup and was fouled, missing the basket, with 7 seconds to go. Hackett went to the free throw line and missed both free throws, sending the game into overtime. Oral Roberts took a quick six point lead in the extra period, and Saunders and DuVal both fouled out. Syracuse remained tough and Lee hit a basket to pull the Orangemen within a pair, but that was as close as it would get as Oral Roberts held on for the 86-82 victory.

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