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Hell Freezes Over, Dolphins Outlast Orange in Syracuse, At The Dome!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 3:44 PM, under , , ,

Perhaps the best headline after last night's stunning, and I mean STUNNING, 82-79 upset of the 25th-ranked Syracuse Orangemen by cross-town NCAA Division II Le Moyne College comes from Sean Kirst of the Post-Standard: "At the Carrier Dome, hell freezes over."


Years ago, in the early 1990s, I was a sports columnist for The Post-Standard. One November night, during what for Syracuse University was a relatively 'down' year, SU played an especially sloppy game against some forgettable opponent. In my column, I said it was a good thing SU didn't play that way against Le Moyne, a school with a powerful hunger to beat the Orange.

One of my colleagues came up to me the next day and said, "Le Moyne? Come on. Le Moyne beating Syracuse?" And he chuckled. It was clear it was one of those things he never expected to see in his lifetime.

I had forgotten that conversation for many years, until Tuesday night.

The only thing that could have been worse for the Orange last night? That would be if the played a game against the Stumpies and lost. With that thought in mind, here are some of the stories of the upset from around Syracuse, followed by ESPN's video highlights.

Day of the Dolphin: Division II LeMoyne upsets Syracuse in exhibition game (Orange Basketball Blog)

Now, the LeMoyne (sic) Dolphins will the join Joe Namath’s New York Jets, Buster Douglas and Chaminade in upset lore.

For Le Moyne's Johnson, game-winner was shot of a lifetime (The Daily Orange Sports Blog)

Johnson wasn't just a one-hit wonder for the Dolphins Tuesday. While the Orange was sitting in an experimental man defense, Johnson exploited a golden opportunity from beyond the arc, hitting 6-of-13 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 22 points.

Le Moyne upsets Syracuse (

"It's very disappointing," said Wes Johnson, in his first season after transferring from Iowa State. "Hopefully, we can learn from this and move in the right direction." "It's just embarrassing the way we played," said Rautins, born and raised in Syracuse. "It's embarrassing to ourselves and our fans. It wasn't luck that they won. They came out and beat us fair and square."

Le Moyne stuns Syracuse; Dolphins players celebrate "best feeling" (Post-Standard)

“I think this is a special team we have at Le Moyne,” said Dolphins coach Steve Evans. “And I would appreciate – even our own students at Le Moyne – taking some pride in the fact that they go to Le Moyne College and our colors are green and gold. If Syracuse has a game against Georgetown, I don’t mind them wearing orange. But if we have a game, I would like to see them wearing green. And if this sparks something like that at our school – to have more pride in who we are – this game was that.”

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