First of all, props to Dennis Nett from the Post-Standard. This picture is terrific.
The Per’fesser gave marching orders to eliminate the Hoyas, and his Orange abided.
There’s no doubt, this win should’ve come easier. A 23-point lead and firm command of the game from the opening tip, Orange Nation was expecting a stress-less double-digit win.
But Georgetown’s furious comeback cut the lead to one possession late and the ‘Cuse had to sweat out a 75-71 win.
Let’s flip this around, though. Instead of worrying that Syracuse lacks the killer instinct, how about applauding the Orange for finding ways to win no matter what?
The strangest sensation in the world as an SU fan is watching a huge lead dissipate at Georgetown and still stay confident, “Don’t worry, these are the games we win.”
SU has found the playbook for winning tight games late: Up by huge margins and holding on. Down late and coming back. Tight game and making free throws to ice it. Doing enough to get the “W.”
For ego purposes, The Fizz would’ve loved to see the Orange walk into the Verizon Center and walk out with a 30-point win.
But realistically, that doesn’t happen in the Big Dance. So, maybe this is actually better serving the bigger purpose.
Eliminate the Hoyas? Roger that.