1961-1962 Syracuse Orangemen
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Coach: Marc Guley

Player Cl Pos G GS FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% Reb Fls DQ Pts Ppg Rpg
Carl Vernick So G 24 --- 137 350 39.1% 122 158 77.2% --- --- --- 396 16.5 0.0
Steve Dodge Sr G 19 --- 40 ---
17 ---
--- --- --- 97 5.1 0.0
Fred Machemer Sr F 24 --- 90 ---
60 ---
--- --- --- 240 10.0 0.0
Herb Foster Jr F 24 --- 53 ---
19 ---
--- --- --- 129 5.4 0.0
Manny Klutschkowski Jr C 24 --- 51 ---
61 ---
164 --- --- 163 6.8 6.8
Bob Murray So C 23 --- 47 108 43.5% 50 ---
--- --- --- 144 6.3 0.0
Jim Seaman So G 19 --- 26 ---
17 ---
--- --- --- 69 3.6 0.0
Dick Taylor Jr G 16 --- 18 ---
22 ---
--- --- --- 58 3.6 0.0
Dick Finley Jr F 8 --- 23 ---
3 ---
--- --- --- 49 6.1 0.0
Bill Tydeman So
F 19 --- 17 ---
6 ---
--- --- --- 40 2.1 0.0
Russ Beisswanger Sr G 10 --- 13 ---
11 ---
--- --- --- 37 3.7 0.0
Don King Jr G
7 --- 15 ---
5 ---
--- --- --- 35 5.0 0.0
Jim Bennett Sr

6 --- 7 ---
3 ---
--- --- --- 17 2.8 0.0
Ken Wellman So
F
10 --- 1 ---
6 ---
--- --- --- 8 0.8 0.0
Ed Macner Jr

7 --- 2 ---
0 ---
--- --- --- 4 0.6 0.0
Mert Raner So
G
5 --- 1 ---
1 ---
--- --- --- 3 0.6 0.0
Bill Sanford Jr
F +1 --- --- --- --- 
--- --- --- 
--- --- --- 0 0.0 0.0
Phil Warshaw So   +1 --- --- --- --- 
--- --- --- 
--- --- --- 0 0.0 0.0

The season went poorly, even before it began. Three probable starters (Loren James, Ernie Lotano, and Billy Connors) were declared ineligible to play for the season having played in a YMCA league the previous spring. From there it went all down hill. Captain Fred Machemer was the leading returning scorer with only 65 points, as none of the top eight leading scorers returned.

In what would go down as the worst season in Syracuse basketball history, the Orangemen went 2-22. Finishing off a losing streak that had begun the previous season, they would go on to lose 27 consecutive games, what would then be an NCAA record (since broken by Rice University).

After the team started 0-16, coach Marc Guley resigned effective the end of the season. Leading scorer Carl Vernick put up a solid effort each night, but it wasn't enough as the team was routinely out manned on the boards, a margin of 11+ rebounds per game, and was outscored on average 79 - 62.

The team would beat Boston College on March 3rd when Bob Murray made a layup with 11 seconds remaining, giving Syracuse the one point win and snapping their losing streak. They would follow that win with another road win, beating UConn 72-67.

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