|1957-1958 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Marc Guley
Syracuse was entering a rebuilding year, coming off their first NCAA tournament in school history, but also losing five of its top six scorers from the previous season. Jon Cincebox was the only returning starter. Three veteran reserves (Bruce Schmelzer, Larry Loudis and Hal Noyes) were now starters and the previous season's freshman scoring sensation Ed Goldberg was joining the varsity.
The Orangemen would start the season off with a bang, upsetting highly touted New York University on the road, by a rather lopsided margin. They struggled, but beat Columbia the next game to start the season off 2-0. The lack of experience would start to hurt the Orangemen however, as they would lose 8 of their next 9 games, many by close margins, to drop their overall record to 3-8. Goldberg was putting up impressive numbers, and the team was playing competitively, but just not well enough to win. Cincebox was inconsistent, often in foul trouble, and that left the Orangemen weak up front.
In mid-January Cincebox started getting comfortable on the court, and the team would win five of its next six.
In early February, it was discovered that reserve guard Bill Stearns had been ineligible to play basketball for Syracuse (his college eligibility had run out), and Syracuse was subject to forfeiting all seven games he had played, including wins over Georgetown, Canisius and Army. Fortunately for Syracuse, they only suffered the embarrassment of the incident as all three schools declined to take the forfeit.
Goldberg would tear the ligaments in his knee in a victory over Penn State on February 21st, and be lost for the year.
Without Goldberg, the Orangemen were going to need extra production from some other players in the last four games, if they hope to have a winning season. Schmelzer scored 16.5 points per game the last four, and Cincebox 22, to help out. The Orangemen were 10-10 going into their last game of the season versus Connecticut. The game ended tied in regulation and went into overtime. Larry Loudis, the sole senior starter, scored 8 points in the overtime period to give Syracuse the victory and the winning season.
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