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Michael Gbinije took over the game and dominated.
Syracuse was supposed to lose. Despite the fact that MTSU was a 15 seed, Syracuse was just supposed to roll over and let the Cinderella train keep a rolling. Well Syracuse demolished MTSU, who shot lights out against Michigan State in their previous game. Syracuse earned a trip to the Sweet 16, beating MTSU 75 to 50.

  • Michael Gbinije stepped up at the biggest time on the biggest state. He finished with 23 points on 10-14, 3-7 shooting. That means he didn't miss a 2 point FG attempt.
  • Tyler Lydon was next with 14 off the bench. He finished 4-8 from the floor, and 6-10 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds.
  • Tyler Roberson again lead the rebounding for SU with 8, but he also had 12 points. A solid night.
  • It was all Syracuse in the second half. Syracuse choked MTSU with their Zone Defense, holding MTSU to 29.7% from the floor in the game. MTSU was also 8-24 from 3.
  • Syracuse shot the ball very well, finishing 55.1% from the floor and 8-20 on 3s.
  • SU outrebounded MTSU 37-35, but because SU shot the ball so well, the close stats didn't matter much in the game.
  • Both teams had 10 turnovers for the game.
Syracuse is in the Sweet 16. Quite the accomplishment considering they squeaked into the field. With a little luck, and some solid basketball, SU is still dancing. An unexpected treat. And when that happens, it's probably the sweetest feeling you can have in the month of March.

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