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One man wrecking crew, Otto Porter
Once in a while, a gimmick defense might be considered: Talk about a one-man gang. The Hoyas' Otto Porter torched the Orange for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting while the rest of the team hit 7-of-35 for 24 points. Box and one anyone?
Don't fall in love with the three: James Southerland hit a long three just 7:52 into the game to give the Orange a 12-4 lead. Syracuse looked to make the 35,012 fans jump up again as their next four shots were all misses from behind the arc.
After C.J. Fair missed a short jumper, the Orange missed two more three's. Fair finally scored, 5:07 after Southerland's made three and Syracuse led 15-12. But the Hoyas then went on a nine-point run and the game was never in doubt.
One player again killed the Orange, as Marquette's Davante Gardner made all seven of his field goal attempts and 12-of-13 from the line in leading the Golden Eagles to a 74-71 win with 26 points. The 6'8", 290-pound Gardner had his way with the Orange, while 6'9", 288-pound Syracuse freshman DaJuan Coleman sat the bench, despite being cleared to play.
The Orange still took a lot of three's, although they did make 8-of-24 for a better 33.3 percent.