|1959-1960 Syracuse Orangemen|
Coach: Marc Guley
Syracuse returned two high scoring perimeter shooters with Ed Goldberg and Pete Chudy, and the team had experience with senior captain Dick Conover at the point, junior Steve Berkenfield, and senior Tom Mossey moving to center. The concern was going to be how was the team going to replace Jon Cincebox? The tallest starting player on the team was Chudy at 6'4", and the tallest reserve was Bruce Kollath at 6'5". Plus, both Goldberg (knee) and Chudy (back) had a history of nagging injuries that could affect their playing time and availability.
Rebounding did end up being a problem for the team all season. Mossey was an aggressive hustling center, but at 6'3", was not a dominating rebounder. Chudy would end up leading the team in rebounding from his forward position. The team would struggle on defense, due to the combination of lack of height (the inability to stop other teams tall athletic forwards), lack of speed and poor attention to defense.
It was also a disappointment in that the offense was inconsistent and failed to gel. Chudy and Goldberg were terrific scorers, but they developed the habit of trying to do too much on their own, shooting early instead of letting the play develop and getting their teammates involved. Mossey developed into a very nice third scoring option and in fact became the primary shooter, but if the team did not have one of these three scorers 'hot' that night, the team was bound to struggle. Though the team lacked in chemistry, Marc Guley made very few line up changes throughout the season, except when injury dictated.
The Orangemen would start out the season 6-2, including a big double overtime win against #19 LaSalle. The team would then go a losing streak losing four of their next five, dropping to 7-7. They then would salvage the season winning six straight, including three close games, with strong individual efforts by Goldberg, Mossey and Chudy making the difference in each game. The team had a chance to surpass the previous seasons effort with two games to go. However, they lost a close game to Boston College with the Eagle making critical free throws down the stretch to clinch the game, and then they lost a one point game to Boston University, when the Orangemen missed their last second opportunity to win.
Overall they finished 13-8, which was a success based on preseason expectations. The results, however, were due more to strong individual efforts, than team play.
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