In Sunday's ACC action, Syracuse had a Big East flashback with St. John's, winning 68-63 while Boston College took out Philadelphia University, 67-50.
CJ Fair and Tyler Ennis led Syracuse with 21 points each.
St. John's was up 60-58 with just under 6:00 to play, but couldn't close the deal. As Steve Lavin said, "[t]he last four minutes of a game is where Syracuse separates itself," and the 'Cuse certainly did in the Garden.
Jim Boeheim praised point guard Ennis lavishly, saying that he was the best freshman point guard he's ever had. Consider the talent he's had and that's amazing praise.
As it turns out, Philadelphia U is a D-II school, so BC should have won, obviously. A loss here would have been terrible, coming on the heels of a dreary early season.
Ryan Anderson had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan had 14 points, six boards and four assists, negated most unfortunately by four turnovers.
It was an easy win for BC, which is bound to be a pleasure after recent games.
On Monday, aside from Duke's tiff with Gardner-Webb, Georgia Tech takes on Kennesaw State. It should be a relatively simple win for the Yellow Jackets as long as the team is focused.
Among the reasons why we won't miss Maryland very much after the Terps leave for the Big Ten is the inevitable excuse making, which somehow jumps from the athletic department to local media. Take the Post's coverage of the match between Maryland and Notre Dame for the NCAA soccer championship.
Why did Notre Dame win? Well..."Perhaps if the opposing coach were someone else, Sasho Cirovski would have reacted differently after his Maryland men’s soccer team lost to Notre Dame under controversial circumstances, 2-1, in the College Cup final Sunday at PPL Park."
In case you missed it, Steven Goff repeats: it wasn't really Maryland's fault, they wuz robbed: "But this was not a cut-and-dry result. The fifth-seeded Terrapins (17-4-5) were on the wrong side of two critical non-calls by Hilario Grajeda, MLS’s referee of the year."
And just in case you still didn't get it: "On what should have been a penalty kick and red card, Grajeda either did not see Hodan’s action or wanted to allow the sequence to play out."
And one last time: "In the 67th minute, Maryland howled for a penalty kick when Notre Dame’s Connor Klekota made contact with his right hand on a corner kick. Grajeda’s whistle remained silent."
So just to be clear, it wasn't a mistake or misfortune that cost Maryland the title. It was that Grajeda perhaps "wanted to allow the sequence to play out," or that his "whistle remained silent."
Choices, in other words, that screwed Maryland. Not good defense by the Irish or scoring less goals than Notre Dame.
Choices the official made.
Oh well, the good news is that at least the ACC team won.