Battle of the Boeheims: Jim, Buddy get best of Jimmy as Syracuse holds off Cornell
The 'Battle of the Boeheims' took on new meaning Saturday night.
It was the logo on Juli Boeheim's t-shirt as she watched her husband and two sons all on the same court when Cornell visited Syracuse.
Jim [Boeheim] and the Orange got the better of his son Jimmy and the Cornell Big Red in last year's first meeting.
This time around, Syracuse freshman Buddy [Boeheim] is added to the mix, as Jimmy's playing a much bigger role for the Big Red in his sophomore season.
As the game began, neither Boeheim was in the starting lineup, setting the stage for each to enter the game after the first or second media timeout.
Jimmy was the first off the bench for the Big Red, scoring a couple of baskets to help Cornell cut into Syracuse's lead.
That's when Buddy entered the game during the next media timeout, having both brothers in the game at the same time.
They even lined up next to one another at the free throw line.
Buddy scored on a three-pointer in the first half, helping the Orange to a 33-24 lead at the halftime break.
However, the Big Red had a comeback attempt in them, due in large part to the efforts of Matt Morgan.
The senior guard from Concord, North Carolina opted to return to Cornell for his senior season after taking a serious look at the NBA, and he delivered on Saturday night.
Morgan knocked down three-pointer after three-pointer, helping the Big Red jump out in front and take the lead, 48-47, with just under eight minutes to play.
After a gasp from the Carrier Dome crowd, that's when Tyus Battle began to settle in, giving the Orange the lead back while adding to his point total.
Battle finished the game with 26 points, while Morgan also finished with 26 on the night.
Buddy Boeheim ended with three points, as Jimmy Boeheim came away with nine points.
Syracuse ended the game on a 16-7 run to defeat Cornell, 63-55.
"You know, I was so worried about the game and what was going on, I wasn't really thinking about that, to be honest with you," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. "I really wasn't Their mother can think about that. I'm thinking about trying to get us to play better."
"I tried to suppress it for the most part," Cornell's Jimmy Boeheim admitted. "But there was one moment when there was a free throw and I was on the bottom and he came in and stood next to me. I was like, 'Wow, this is pretty crazy.' So I'd say at that moment it definitely clicked. But when we were going up and down in the game, it really felt like any other game."
"It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life," Syracuse's Buddy Boeheim explained. "I'm really happy and blessed I was able to share that moment with him. Having my dad on the sideline, my mom and sister in the stands -- it was a special moment and one that will someday highlight my basketball career."
The Orange will host Northeastern on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. start.