March 14, 2009

TO SET UP A REMATCH OF THE 1987 NCAA SEMIFINALS:

A Little More Drama for Syracuse, a Lot Less Overtime (PETE THAMEL, 3/14/09, NY Times)

After playing 67 minutes in Syracuse’s epic victory six-overtime victory over Connecticut on Thursday night, Jonny Flynn wolfed down a double quarter pounder from McDonald’s at the team hotel and drank enough Gatorades that the cleaning lady commented on the amount of empty bottles.

The Orange did not return to their hotel until 2:30 a.m., but the combination of excess adrenaline and his greasy late supper kept Flynn up past 6 a.m. SportsCenter highlights of the Orange’s heroics against Connecticut provided the entertainment, including Andy Rautins’s clutch 3-point shots.

“We just watched all of Andy’s 3-pointers and my missed layups,” said Paul Harris, Flynn’s road roommate.

The lack of sleep did not slow down Flynn, however, as the constants of the Orange’s six-overtime victory returned Friday night. In the No. 6 Orange’s 74-69 overtime victory against No. 7 West Virginia in the semifinals of the Big East tournament, Flynn brought his indomitable will, incandescent smile and, of course, the feeling that no period would end without the score tied. He played near-flawless maestro, scoring 15 points, adding 8 assists and turning the ball over just twice. His backcourt mate Eric Devendorf complemented him with countless big shots, including a 55-point heave at the halftime buzzer. He finished with 23 points.

Flynn played all 45 minutes of yet another classic tussle.

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