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By Isaac Orr
New carbon-dioxide rules would put America in the dark
Topic - Brandon Triche
Attacking Syracuse's suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.
The Orange's lockdown zone defense carried them to their first Final Four since 2003 and the fifth in their history. Syracuse will play the South region winner, either Michigan or Florida, in a national semifinal next Saturday in Atlanta.
The Orange held top-seeded Georgetown (25-6) to 22 percent shooting from 3-point range with their trademark 2-3 zone and got a big game from their bench to avenge two previous losses to the Hoyas this season.
Porter's incredible play stopped the Orange's 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball on campus. It was the fewest points scored by Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!
"I need to play the role that Andy (Rautins) played last year," said Triche, whose uncle, Howard Triche, starred on the Syracuse team that lost to Indiana, 74-73, in the 1987 national championship game.
"Taking shots is better than turning the ball over," said Triche, who at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds seems like he'd be a perfect fit at middle linebacker on the Orange football team. "I'm just trying to be aggressive and get in the lane and commit two guys (to guarding me) so I can hit the open player. If not, I have a good chance at scoring."