November 03, 2009
Tuesday night, Syracuse held an exhibition in the Carrier Dome. The plan, as with most exhibitions, was likely to test a few things out, beat a lowly opponent by 35 or 50 points, slap hands a few times, and go home. Tuesday night, Syracuse's exhibition did not go as planned.
Instead, the LeMoyne Dolphins -- the product of a tiny Jesuit college in DeWitt, New York, a suburb of Syracuse -- hit a three-pointer with eight seconds left to take an 82-79 win exhibition with over Jim Boeheim and the 'Cuse. If there is such a thing as college hoops-related madness on Nov. 3, this, folks, is madness.
LeMoyne isn't a Division I school; it plays in the Division II Northeast-10 conference against the likes of Bentley, Adelphi, St. Anselm, and Southern Connecticut State. Upsets like this don't happen in the NCAA tournament, because schools as small and -- forgive me -- feeble as LeMoyne don't get to play in the NCAA tournament. Their only consolation is yearly exhibitions against teams like Syracuse, which usually don't end with awesome buzzer-beaters.
So, OK, it was just an exhibition. To be clear, this doesn't really say anything about Syracuse's team, and I'm sure the 'Cuse will be fine in 2009-10. But if you think that distinction matters to the Dolphins, well, you didn't visit the LeMoyne men's hoops site Tuesday night. If you had, you'd have been greeted with this:
Yeah: I think you could say they're excited.