Syracuse narrowly falls to Michigan in the Final Four, ending NCAA Tournament run
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 23:15:57 GMT — The Syracuse Orange fell to Michigan 61-56 in the Final Four, concluding a remarkable season.The University of Michigan will face the Louisville Cardinals in the title game Monday night.Syracuse was led by C.J. Fair who scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 to lead Michigan.Michael Carter-Williams only 2 points, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds. James Southerland only scored 5 for the Orange and had 2 rebounds. Rakeem Christmas score 5 points, had 1 assists, and 5 rebounds.Off the bench, Jerami Grant had 4 points, 1 assist, and 8 rebounds. Baye Moussa Keita had 4 points and 2 rebounds. Trevor Cooney had 3 points and 1 rebound.Louisville is 34-5 on the season, and tied for first place in the Big East regular season. They defeated North Carolina A&T, Colorado State, Oregon, Duke, and Wichita State on their way to the title game.Syracuse was 31-9 on the season and finished tied for fifth in the Big East. They defeated Montana, California, Indiana, Marquette, and Michigan en route to the Final Four. Syracuse forward James Southerland has gone missing against Michigan, missing his first five shots and being a total non-factor on both ends of the court in the national semifinals. Southerland has been key to the Orange's late-season run. He was suspended in mid-January, struggled when he was cleared to return in February, but has been splendid over the past eight games - back-to-back 20-point efforts in the Big East tournament, and 16 points in a regional semifinal win over Marquette that sent Syracuse back to the Final Four. Not only was Southerland scoreless with 7:14 to go against the Wolverines, the senior from Bayside, N.Y., also had as many fouls as rebounds - three - and he had committed a pair of turnovers. As a freshman, current Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara helped the Orange win the ??03 title. When asked if this year??s team has the magic to win it all, like the 2003 team, McNamara said, "I think this team has a shot."As a freshman, assistant coach McNamara helped the Orange team win the NCAA Championship in ??03. When asked if this year??s team has the magic to win it all, like the 2003 team, McNamara said, "I think this team has a shot."Fans across the country have cheered on the Orange as they climbed to the Final Four. Three cousins from Central New York performed a Syracuse Final Four themed ??Cup Song?? on ??Today in Central New York,?? the City of Syracuse lit up it??s landmarks in Orange, and even NBC??s Jimmy Fallon says he is rooting for the Orange to win it all.(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)
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