|1993-1994 Syracuse Orangemen|
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Coach: Jim Boeheim
The Orangemen were eligible again to play in the NCAA Tournament. Most of the top talent returned, most importantly the all around brilliance of Lawrence Moten, who was entering his junior year. Red Autry was now a four year starter at point guard, and John Wallace had a year under his belt at power forward. Luke Jackson was going to try to replace the tough defensive presence of the graduated Mike Hopkins. The big hole was at center where both Conrad McRae and Dave Siock had graduated. Redshirt freshman Otis Hill was asked to fill that role.
The season started out well as Moten scored 23 points in the first half against Tennessee to win the home opener 98-65. They would move to 4-0 with a 78-62 win over #23 Vanderbilt as Hill pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked 6 shots.
Syracuse then had an early Big East opener against Boston College. The Eagles would whip the Orangemen 75-58, as the Orangemen struggled to put up points and were unable to contain B.C.’s Bill Curley.
Moten would continue to lead the Orangemen in scoring most games, putting up 31 points in a win over St. John’s in January. Syracuse was 13-3 when it faced #5 UConn on February 1 st. The Huskies Donyell Marshall scored 30 points, but Moten came up bigger with 31 points and 10 rebounds as the Orangemen won 108-95. The Orangemen played particularly well overall, as John Wallace was exceptionally hot with 10 rebounds and hitting 8 of 10 shots for 25 points and Autry had a 12 assist game.
Two weeks later the Orangemen played #4 Kentucky. Autry dominated the game, and was able to drive inside and hit from the outside. He ended up with 30 points and 10 assists as the Orangemen won 93-85. Wallace came up big again with 13 rebounds, and Hill provided another solid game in the middle.
The Orangemen would lose again to Boston College this time 89-83. Syracuse shot much better this time around, and Moten had 26 points, but once again they could not contain the Eagles’ Curley. The team dropped to 17-5 and third in the Big East.
Syracuse would trail St. John’s 80-79 with 23 seconds remaining when Moten was fouled. He would go to the free throw line and make both free throws giving the Orangemen an 81-80 lead. The Redmen had a chance to win, but missed a 15 foot jumper with 3 seconds remaining giving the Orangemen the win.
Syracuse would conclude the regular season with a home game against rival Georgetown. Moten would lead the Orangemen on a three point shooting barrage of the Hoyas, as he made five of seven three point attempts, totaling 26 points for the game. The Orangemen would make eight of twelve attempts for the game, to win 81-75, finishing second in the Big East.
The Orangemen would face Seton Hall in the first round of the Big East Tournament. Syracuse trailed 74-71 with 40 seconds to play when Autry drove to the hoop. He made his basket and was fouled; after completing the free throw the game was tied. With about 15 seconds left in the game Luke Jackson almost stole the Pirates pass; there was a scramble on the floor and the Pirates came up with the ball. They would fail to score, and the game went into overtime.
The game would be close in overtime. The Orangemen lead 80-78, when the Pirates’ John Leahy hit a three point shot with 5 seconds to go to give Seton Hall the lead. Syracuse would inbound the ball to Moten who brought the ball down the court, but his fifteen foot jumper missed as time expired, and the Orangemen were eliminated from the tournament. Moten would finish with 30 points on 12 for 20 shooting, including 5 from 11 from three point range, but that was not enough.
Syracuse would beat Hawaii 92-78 in the first round of the NCAA as Moten scored 29 points, and Wallace had 24 points and 12 rebounds. They would beat Wisconsin-Green Bay in the second round in a game played at a slow tempo. The Orangemen went 0 for 4 from three point range, but still won 64-59.
The Orangemen played #5 Missouri in the Sweet Sixteen. Syracuse trailed 70-59 with five minutes left in the game, but would rally to tie the game 79-79 and send it into overtime. Missouri would jump out to an early six point lead in the overtime, and then held on to win the game 98-88, outscoring the Orangemen 19-9 in the extra period. Moten and Autry, who both had played well all season, scored the last 29 points of the game for the Orangemen. Autry finished with 31 points and Moten added 29.
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