Atlanta (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament run ended Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and coach Jim Boeheim pinned the loss mainly a problem that has plagued the team throughout the season – a lack of offense.SU lost to Michigan 61-56
in the Final Four Saturday night. Michigan will face Louisville in the National Championship on Monday night.
“Our offense wasn’t good in the first half or the second half. In the second half we got our defense going a lot better and got back in the game in spite of our offense,” he said.
Boeheim credited a better defensive effort in the second half with getting his team back in the game.
“But when it was eight, I thought we just did an unbelievable job getting back in it and giving ourselves a chance and that’s all you can ask for in that situation. To be down eight and make that kind of a move back, I was really proud of these guys and how they were able to do that,” Boeheim said.
“Our defense was good enough – it was really good in the second half. Our offense was not,” Boeheim said.
Michael Carter-Williams had just 2 points, while James Southerland’s offensive contribution was absent through much of the game, despite scoring 5 points at the end.
Southerland was 1-5 from 3 point range.
Asked whether he hoped to face Louisville in the final in order to create an all Big East Championship, Boeheim stressed that he was simply proud of his team’s accomplishments beyond such considerations.
He confirmed that he’s enthusiastic about joining the Atlantic Coastal Conference, especially considering the transformation the Big East has endured over the past several years.