Syracuse defeats Marquette in the Elite Eight, moves to the Final Four

Jim Boeheim cuts down the net after winning an Elite 8 match up against Marquette and advancing to the Final Four!

The Syracuse Orange defeated Marquette University 55-39 in the Elite Eight. Syracuse will play in the Final Four next Saturday in Atlanta.

The 2-3 zone was the story once again, as Marquette was held to its lowest point total of the season at 39. The Golden Eagles hadn't scored fewer than 47 points all season, but shot just 23 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers against the SU zone defense.

The Orange once again had a quick start, holding an early 12-5 lead, but once again Marquette's Davante Gardner was a force off the bench in the first half, having a part of seven straight Marquette points. He helped the Golden Eagles cut the lead to three, but James Southerland hit a three pointer towards the end of the half that gave the Orange a 24-18 halftime lead.

Gardner was a non-factor in the second half, and the Orange, behind Michael Carter-Williams who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and James Southerland who hit three threes towards his 16 points, pulled away, stretching the lead to 19 points towards the end of the game.

The win comes one decade after the Orangeâ??s celebrated NCAA Championship win in 2003, this is the first time since 2003 that SU made it to the Final Four.

As a freshman, assistant coach Gerry McNamara helped the Orange team win the NCAA Championship in â??03. When asked if this yearâ??s team has the magic to win it all, like the 2003 team, McNamara said, "I think this team has a shot."

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