Season's Over- SU Men fall in NIT 2nd round to Ole Miss
The first thing Jim Boeheim said at his post game press conference was that this game was a "microcosm" of the season.
The Hall of Fame coach was referring to his team's defensive lapses, that allowed Ole Miss to score 85 points and shoot make a staggering 15 three pointers.
In reality, it could have applied to the final ten minutes of the game.
Syracuse found itself in a hole, rallied enough to look poised to pull out the win, only to fall short at the end.
It could be compared to the overall season, where the Orange almost made the NCAA Tournament but ultimately didn't do enough.
The Orange lost to Ole Miss, in the first meeting between the schools, 85-80 in front of 9,956 fans at the Carrier Dome.
Andrew White III and Taurean Thompson led the Orange with 18 points apiece.
Terence Davis scored 30 points, with six three pointers while DeAndre Burnett dropped 19 on five three pointers to pace Ole Miss to the win over the Orange.
Boeheim lamented the fact that his team repeated past defensive performances on letting those shooters get so wide open.
“They are a good team. They shot the ball well and we did not attempt to guard them at the 3-point line, even with the shot clock going down to the end, like at the end of the first half, and then we tied the game twice with three’s, and the shot clock is almost down and we let them shoot again from the three. It’s just a microcosm of our season. Obviously, it’s very disappointing when you can’t guard at the 3-point line. We had that problem all year" Boeheim said.
The Orange finishes the year at 19-15.
Into the offseason, the big question is who will be back.
While Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson say they will be back, with plenty to work on next season.