'Marathon Men' advance to final
NEW YORK -- When
As proud alumni in 2006, the upstate New York natives used their business, (Holyshirt!) as a way to capitalize on Orange point guard
Popular amongst students and alums, the shirt has become fashionable in the Carrier Dome. So when John witnessed the Orange's six-overtime quarterfinal clash with UConn Friday morning from his second-row seat at Madison Square Garden, he called his brother back home, and agreed another shirt needed to be made. "It was such an unusual occurrence," John said. "We knew it would make a really kick-ass commemorative."
And so it was that 1,000 orange shirts that read "Syracuse Marathon Men" were made at their print shop near campus and brought down to Manhattan before Friday night's semifinal against West Virginia. "I guess people will do anything for a dollar," said Syracuse coach
As the shirt notes, the six-overtime thriller saw 244 points and 266 minutes played over two calendar days. The much more manageable semifinal, at two hours and 52 minutes, meant that the Orange would extend their marathon week one more time.
"If we win they'll say this is the first time anyone's won five games in four days," said Syracuse assistant
Having hydrated throughout the day with Gatorade deliveries to their hotel rooms on the hour, every hour, the Orange showed little lingering effects from the early-morning victory. Able to bounce with the same sureness that he showed against the Huskies,
Many Orange fans who stayed until 1:46 a.m. Friday, returned for the semifinal, and could be forgiven for feeling a sense of dejavu when
Orange coaches and trainers were again feeding their players Gatorade in the locker room after the game. Facing a Louisville team that suffocated Villanova's guards with pressure defense earlier in the night next, Flynn knows he cannot yet rest. "They're the toughest defense I played against," said the sophomore
Apparently unfazed by the pressure, Flynn sees the challenge as another opportunity to make a memory. "What's been done here is really mind boggling," said Boeheim, leaning against the locker room wall. "Just incredible."
If the Orange win, that might just make for a good commemorative shirt slogan.