0 Comments Published on 3.31.2016 by Brian Harrison
Malachi Richardson took over the 2nd half.
Unbelievable. Improbable. Ridiculous. Amazing. These are just some of the words that scratch the surface in one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA Tournament history. Virginia held a 15 point lead with about 9:30 to go. Syracuse then went on a 25-4 run to take the lead, and they didn't relinquish it. Syracuse ended up winning, and earning a trip to the Final 4, beating Virginia 68 to 62.
- Malachi Richardson had 2 points in the first half. He then EXPLODED, finishing with 23 points on some monster plays in the 2nd half, including a couple step back 3s, and a couple insane drives to the basket. He also had 7 boards, and one of the most impressive steals during the run by grabbing the inbound pass and throwing it off of Virginia on the sideline to get the ball.
- Michael Gbinije and Tyler Lydon each finished with 11 points. Lydon also had 5 blocks and 6 rebounds. Lydon now has 18 blocks in the Tournament. Lydon became legendary when his shoe came off, and then almost immediately drilled a 3. Notice the stats in the photo.
- Tyler Roberson was a monster on the glass, pulling down 8 rebounds, 4 were offensive. He picked up 10 points on a few tip ins and dunks. A pretty good game before fouling out.
- Trevor Cooney didn't get much going on the offensive end. He finished with 8 points. But while not many of his shots went in, he limited his 3 point attempts, only taking 1. Instead he drove to the basket, which in tern either let Roberson clean up on the glass, or at least get the defense moving. Cooney was also again very solid on defense himself. Not a great offensive game, but a pretty solid game overall from Cooney.
- This was by far one of the best single game coaching jobs I have seen from Boeheim, or honesty from anyone. The decision on when to press, how to press, and other offensive calls were masterful and the culmination of 40 years experience. Just unbelievably perfect.
- Even after all that, Virginia shot better in the game than Syracuse, 41.5% to 36.8%.
- Syracuse was 20-25 from the line. Virginia only attempted 12 and made 10.
- SU outrebounded UVA 36 to 34.
- The key stat however, was SU forced 13 turnovers, and only had 8 themselves.
- Here is video of the insane run SU made:
Syracuse staged an unbelievable comeback and thus earned the trip to Houston for the Final 4 to take on North Carolina. Either way, this week SU fans are riding high as no one really thought a 13 loss team who finished 1-5 in their last 6 would make this Final 4 run. But for now, Syracuse managed to beat Virginia, a team they have never managed to beat since joining the ACC. And it was spectacular.This is how you turn a 15-point deficit into a trip to the #FinalFour in 9:20. https://t.co/tzKY77G81u— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 28, 2016