Comeback Complete: Boeheim's Army uses 40-10 run to advance to TBT Semifinals
It was the largest comeback in TBT [The Basketball Tournament] history, courtesy of Boeheim's Army.
The group of former Syracuse University stars were the higher seed ahead of Sunday's Regional Final game, but its opponent, Team FOE, proved to be much tougher than a 4-seed.
Team FOE took the 11-9 lead, thanks to a Vincent Simpson 3-pointer early in the contest. The shot proved to be a big one, as Team FOE never trailed again.
Not until a minute to go in the game, anyway.
Team FOE held a 16-point halftime lead, and added to it in the second half. The lead grew to a 25-point advantage at the midway point of the second half, but that's when Boeheim's Army began to rally.
Boeheim's Army ended the game on a 40-10 run, due in large part to James Southerland's team-high 23 points.
That's when Eric Devendorf converted on a layup to take the 67-66 lead.
The pro-Orange crowd made it deafening for Team FOE, rattling the squad's confidence down the stretch.
Finally, Brandon Triche scored on a layup through the lane and was fouled in the process, cementing the 72-67 win for Boeheim's Army, along with another chance to keep playing for the $2 million grand prize.
"It was good, we locked in together," Southerland said when interviewed by ESPN following the contest. "We went down big into the half. They were hitting shots and did a good job of moving the ball and they got extra opportunities. We had to go into the locker room and regroup. We had nothing to lose being down that many points, and we just wanted to win. Our fans came out and supported us. We've got the best fans, as you can see, and we didn't want to let them down."
With the win, Boeheim's Army moves on to face Overseas Elite in the Semifinals of TBT. The game will take place on Tuesday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET.
The TBT Final Four will be played in Baltimore, Maryland.
Following the epic comeback, the local sports world went into a frenzy on Twitter: