|1994-1995 Syracuse Orangemen|
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Coach: Jim Boeheim
The season looked to promise a lot of good results with a veteran Syracuse squad leading the way, building upon a team that had gone 23-7 the year before, and starting the season ranked #12. Smooth playing Lawrence Moten was poised to become the school's all-time leading scorer, and John Wallace was developing into an inside force. Point guard Adrian Autry was gone, but highly touted junior college transfer Michael Lloyd was on hand to replace him. Otis Hill and J.B. Reafsnyder were forming a nice rotation at the center position, and Luke Jackon was a solid swingman.
The Orangemen lost to George Washington in the Pre Season NIT to start the season. They then won 14 straight, to move up to #6 in the country, and improve their record to 14-1, including an impressive win over highly touted Arizona.
The Orangemen then went into a slump losing 7 of their next 12 games, to drop their record to 19-8. In the Big East tournament, they struggled and lost to Providence in the first round; the same Providence squad they had beaten twice that season.
In the NCAA tournament, the Orangemen struggled against first round opponent Southern Illinois, despite the solid effort by Lloyd with 14 assists. The Orangemen hung on to win 96-92, in a high scoring affair.
The next game had Syracuse facing defending national champion Arkansas. The Orangemen trailed by 12 points at the half, and played a tremendous second half, taking a one point lead 82-81 with 27 seconds remaining in game. With 4.3 seconds left in the game, Jackson stole an inbounds pass from Arkansas. One of the Razorback players tried to steal the ball from Jackson, so Moten instinctively called a time out. Unfortunately, the Orangemen had no timeouts left, and this resulted in a technical foul. This gave Arkansas two free throws and possession of the ball. The Razorbacks made one of the two technical free throws, and missed a buzzer beater shot to send the game into overtime.
The overtime period was a close one, but eventually Arkansas would pull off the victory 96-94.
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