Watch Syracuse epic struggle from three
by David Cassilo, special for USA TODAY Sports
If at first you don’t succeed, try three more times and eventually it’ll work out.
Syracuse’s James Southerland amended the old adage to fit his needs in the dying moments of the Orange’s game against Marquette Monday night.
Down by seven points with 53 seconds remaining, the Orange used a comeback strategy not seen since the last time you played NBA Jam by giving it to their best three-point shooter until he made one. And, eventually, Southerland did make one.
Southerland took four three-pointers on a single possession before finally getting his shot to fall. The clankfest took 20 seconds off of the game clock, but Southerland’s struggle felt so much longer.
Lost in all of this is Marquette’s terrible defensive rebounding. Buzz Williams must have sweat a quart under his suit during this sequence of events.
In the end, it proved to be all for nothing, as Syracuse fell to Marquette, 74-71.
h/t for video to College Spun