1940-1941 Syracuse Orangemen
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Coach: Lew Andreas

Player Cl Pos G GS FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% Fls DQ Pts Ppg
Stan Kruse Sr G/F 17 17 63
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143 8.4
Ray Willmott Jr G/F 17 8
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57 3.4
Paul Kartluke Sr F/G 16 14
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223 13.9
Dan DiPace So F/G 18 17
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119 6.7
Gene Berger Jr C/G 18 16
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87 4.8
Bobby Twiford Sr G 11 1
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64 5.8
Charlie 'Red' Stanton So C 18 6
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54 3.0
Chris Kouray Sr F/G 14 6
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32 2.3
Don Sayle Jr G 5 4
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14 2.8
Paul McMillen Sr C 5 1
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9 1.8
Bill Bruett Sr G 7 0
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4 0.6
Russ Stickney Jr F 4 0
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0 0.0
Bob Shaddock So C 2 0
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0 0.0
Henry Jacobsen Jr G 1 0
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0 0.0

Syracuse had some versatile players to compliment high scoring team captain Paul Kartluke. Fellow senior Stan Kruse had developed into a solid scorer, and sophomore Dan DiPace was a sharpshooting forward. Gene Berger and Don Sayle rounded out the starting five. The Orangemen would have experienced depth on the bench with upperclassmen Chris Kouray, Bobby Twiford, Paul McMillen, and Ray Willmott.

Syracuse Orangemen Team Photo 1940-1941The Orangemen had a great start to season, winning their first four games by a combined scored of 233-102. Kartluke set the school single game scoring record against St. Lawrence with 27 points; he averaged 20 ppg for the first four games.

Sayle would injure his leg against Clarkson, forcing him to miss most the rest of the season, which would require adjustments in the lineup. Syracuse would lose four of their next five games, including a controversial loss to Rochester. It was a closely fought game in front of a noisy crowd, and Rochester scored to take a one point lead as time was running out. Syracuse pushed the ball down the court, and Kruse took a shot and made the basket; several fans stormed the court. However, officials ruled the bell had rung before the shot was taken (and wasn't heard because of the crowd noise) thus disallowing Kruse's game winning shot.

Coach Andreas would continue to juggle his lineup, offsetting occasional injuries and trying to find the best matchups. McMillen would leave the team in January to join the army, and Twiford was declared academically ineligible in February. Syracuse would win four in row, before losing to rival Colgate. Kartluke would hurt his leg in the loss, and Syracuse would lose their star scorer. He had been on pace to break Vic Hanson's single season scoring record.

Andreas would finally settle into a starting lineup (albeit, one without Kartluke and Sayle). Sophmore Red Stanton, who had shown several strong outings was inserted into the starting lineup at center; Berger would move from center to guard. They would beat both Penn State and New York University, revenging losses from earlier in the season. Kartluke and Sayle both would return for the final game of the season, as the Orangemen would pay back another defeat from earlier in the season, this time beating rival Colgate.

The team would finish at 14-5.

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