Boeheim’s Army edged out Golden Eagles, 73-69 with a late comeback. That was the epitome of an unbelievable victory. BHA was down by 11 points at some point in that game, they came ALL THE WAY BACK. Tyrese Rice contributed 20 points, absolutely redeeming himself after the last game’s rocky performance.
Speaking of rocky performances, until the fourth quarter of today’s game Malachi Richardson hadn’t made a single basket since the first game of the tournament against Forces of Seoul. He became the hero after hitting clutch three after clutch three, setting his team up to make the comeback.
Boeheim’s Army didn’t lead at any point in the game until Tyrese Rice hit two free throws well after the Elam ending was established past the final four-minute mark. Those two weren’t the only big contributors though. Chris McCullough has been one of the brightest lights for BHA through this tournament, today was no different. He took a little longer than comfortable to get going, scoring just 6 points in the first half:
But eventually, the former SU big settled in and finished strong. McCullough concluded the game having put forth a double-double; 14 points & 10 rebounds. He’s said prior that he thinks he still has NBA-level talent. That statement is proving more and more true as the games go on.
The biggest storyline of this tournament run, however, has been the play of the non-SU guys. It’s safe to say that without the non-Syracuse players this team features, they certainly wouldn’t be here. Tyrese Rice of course is today’s story thanks to his 20 point performance, but Keifer Sykes, DeAndre Kane, and D.J. Kennedy have been sensational as well. Huge props are in order for Kevin Belbey, the General Manager of Boeheim’s Army as well as the rest of this front office for putting together the most talented roster this team has ever had.
The question now becomes, does this team have what it takes to win it all? Having just beaten the defending champions, it seems like the answer to that must be yes. Pretty much every single player on the court contributed, these guys step into clutch moments with confidence and have taken down some of the best competition the tournament has to offer. If you’re not already, it’s time to hop on the Boeheim’s Army bandwagon.
Boeheim’s Army moves on to the Final Four with this victory. We’ll have you covered for that one on Twitter @OrangeFizz and right here, on our website.