“I was trying to make a play for my team,” said Triche who scored 11 points playing in what turned out to be his last game at SU. “I probably should have made a better decision.
“I should have pulled up for a jump shot instead of actually taking it all the way down there, because I did not see him (Southerland). But I figured, you know, I was already in the air jumping so I would just try to make a play for the team.”
Having to survive with no starting point guards the Orange had one last gasp to even the score. Trevor Cooney dribbled the ball deep into the paint, and could not find Southerland in the corner for a 3-point shot. Instead, Cooney missed a lay-up (which only would have cut the margin to one), and Morgan dunked as time expired.
“We were trying to get the ball to James,” said Boeheim. “They switched on it. Trevor had no choice. That was it. He had no choice. He did the best he could in that situation.”
McGary scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. Unlike Indiana’s Cody Zeller a week earlier, McGary got the ball in the high post and turning around and connecting on soft jump shots. SU had to respect those shots, which allowed McGaryu to find teammates such as Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III for passes and easy baskets inside.
With the exception of the first few minutes of the game, where it jumped out to a 14-9 advantage, SU could not put together a consistent attack, a thorn in the team’s side all season.
But neither team shot well beyond the arc. SU finished three-for-14 (21.4 percent), while Michigan went eight-for-24 (33.3 percent), hitting most of its 3s in the first half to move out in front. Yet The Wolverines almost collapsed, making just 11 out of 20 free throws to allow SU a chance.