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Editor’s Note: I could not attend tonight’s Le Moyne game due to a previous speaking engagement. However, John Brennan, a crack Orange::44 correspondent was on the scene. You may have heard John on several Orange::44 podcasts, as well as probably read a few of his comments to my articles. Rest assured, my former radio co-host knows his SU sports and has penned an excellent recap of the game below, so enjoy.
What a glorious day in Syracuse! There was a chill in the air, the hammer finally dropped on the Greg Robinson era, and the basketball regular season began. I was in the Dome to cover the game for Brian, who was busy corrupting the morals of our local youth.
Syracuse got off to a quick start against the LeMoyne Dolphins, beginning on a 13-0 run. It was clear from the onset that Syracuse was the bigger, stronger team. That showed on the boards, with Syracuse winning the rebound battle 40-29. Andy Rautins provided some great minutes off the bench, scoring 12 points, 9 assists, and 4 steals. In fact, his 31 minutes logged in as the most on the team, tied with Jonny Flynn. Speaking of Flynn, he had another great game. Kristof showed some flashes early on in the game, but this game belonged to Andy and Jonny.
Andy was the target of Mike Veley's announcing. After hitting one of his three-pointers, Veley proclaimed "That was a dandy from Andy!" This guy has got to go. Send him away with Greggers!
It's hard to really gauge anything by this game, as LeMoyne is just a glorified CYO team, but it was clear that Syracuse still has a number of things to work on. I'll start with free-throws: Syracuse was 10 of 17 from the charity stripe. While this is a bit of an improvement over the two exhibition games, it's still not where it needs to be. The Orange won't be able to compete with the likes of Florida, Georgetown, and UConn unless the free-throws improve. I was also concerned with the number of turnovers. SU sloppily gave the ball away 18 times. Again, not a good way to win a basketball game (though, I should note the Dolphins coughed up the ball 25 times, which certainly helped the Syracuse cause).
There was a sighting of Daryl Gross watching the game behind the basket with Randy Edsell, Lane Kiffin, Skip Holtz, and Turner Gill. And Lloyd Carr bought me a cookiewich.
Overall it was an enjoyable game that was just never in reach for the Dolphins. The Orange was victorious 85-51, and LeMoyne hopped on the bus for that long ride back to... Syracuse. I will say this though: Dolphy Day is way cooler than MayFest.
Editor's Note: Lloyd Carr. Nice. Also, no youth's were corrupted in the making of this blog. Special thanks and a thousand hat tips to John Brennan for his efforts.

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