And we're baaaaaaaaack. I have to think with the way that first half ended Boeheim let the team have it - they played 16 good minutes of basketball and wasted it away in the last 4. The most important 20 minutes of the season starts now.
1:03 - In case you were wondering, lunch consists of leftovers from last night instead of the Jumbo Dog and Knish combo at MSG, which is reasonably priced at $437. Oh what I wouldn't give to have the opportunity to purchase some overpriced food and beverages right now....
1:08 - Nova takes it's first lead since 2-0, they lead 29-28.
1:10 - No one, I mean no one, flails his arms like Paul Harris. No need to worry though, KO gets an offensive rebound put back, SU leads 30-29.
1:10 - KO is heating up, he gets another garbage hoop, SU immediately gives up a 3 at the other end. It's 32 all.
1:12 - In the last 2 minutes Jonny knocks down a 3, Harris gets a loose ball and lays it in, SU leads 37-32, Nova time out.
1:13 - Random thought during the timeout, I love the way Jay Bilas isn't afraid to call out refs when they miss calls. He's so good I can't believe he went to Duke - he must not have taken How to be Hated 101, which these days is a requirement in Durham.
1:17 - Following an AO dunk, SU heads into the TV timeout ahead 39-36.
1:23 - Sorry, was distracted by work - present score 41 all, 13 minutes to go. This one is going down to the wire - great.
1:26 - Ah, just like old times, Nova hits another 25 foot jumper against SU, it was Stokes this time. SU misses at the other end, Nova then gets calle for a travel. 11:42 to go - Nova 44 SU 41.
1:30 - Harris makes one of two, Nova 44-SU 42. Scottie Reynolds is really locking up Flynn right now.
1:31 - Things aren't going well for SU fans, Nova is on a run, SU can't score and is slow getting back, Nova leads 48-42, timeout SU.
1:32 - 13-2 run for Nova right now, another SU turnover. This is pissing me off.
1:34 - Another Nova deep 3, the wheels are coming off the season. 52-42.
1:36 - Donte answers after an offensive rebound by KO. Nova is getting away with murder under the boards, the calls are going against SU. Nova is making a ridiculous amount of 3s. This BLOWS, 58-47 Nova. Kill me.
1:39 - SU breaks out the junk press, Scottie Reynolds nails another open 3. Lather, rinse, repeat. 61-47 Nova, 6:22 to play. TV timeout.
1:41 - I just jabbed pencils in my eyes, sadly I can still see.
1:44 - SU is in full blown panic mode, taking horrible shots and not getting anything going offensively. Jay Wright, shocked that things are going so well, calls a timeout.
1:46 - Nova is on a 24-6 run. They lead 65-47, get your NIT tickets now. Arinze just fouled out, after posting a grand total of 4 points.
1:47 - Scoop Jardine with a 3 - he's great when SU is down 20.
1:48 - Scottie Reynolds decides to drive the lane, SU decides it would not be wise to stop him, 69-50 Nova, under 4 minutes to go.
1:52 - The SU players are mailing it in at this point, Flynn misses a free throw, Harris misses a 12 footer, which leads to a foul at the other end.
1:53 - Scoop Jardine is the A-Rod of this team, he's great when it doesn't matter. He makes a 3, SU gives up another dunk on the other end.
1:54 - Score Update - Nova 73 SU 57 - 2:50 remaining.
1:57 - Jay Bilas calls last year's snub unjustifiable. Thanks.
2:00 - The walk ons enter the game - good times.
2:02 - Final Score - Villanova 82 Syracuse. 63. I have to say I'm shocked at how the second half unfolded, especially with the way the game started, but it was a microcosm of a weird, weird year. Syracuse gives up 54 points in the second half and loses by 19. I feel like I got hit in the head and I need to get a few TPS reports done, so the analysis will have to wait for later.
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