What a rivalry it’s been.
The teams have played 88 times since 1930 and 20 of those games were decided by one or two points, and 12 were settled in overtime.
No wonder that students camped all week outside the Dome to be part of the crowd. Not only did they get to witness history, Boeheim and assistants Mike Hopkins and Adrian Autry stopped by on Friday with coffee and refreshments in appreciation of their support.
In that memorable game 33 years ago, the Hoyas beat Syracuse 52-50 in the last regularly scheduled game at Manley when Eric “Sleepy” Floyd made free throws with 5 seconds to play. Afterward, Thompson Jr. declared — “Manley Field House is now officially closed” — and a rivalry was born.
This was the 72nd crowd of greater than 30,000 for a Syracuse men’s game, and the Hoyas were the opponent 17 times.
Not a bad way to go out.
By Andrew P. Napolitano
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