December 4, 2006

Freshman fuels comeback

It seemed to be the consensus that no one in the Orange camp wanted to talk about the loss to Wichita State on Saturday night, and who could blame them? After trailing by as many as 23 in the first half, the Orange seemingly woke up, turned the tide, and mounted a comeback that bordered on the unbelievable. But in the end the Orange came up three points short. Twenty-three thousand Orange faithful filed out of the dome in silence, a crowd that had been deafening only minutes before.

But time heals all wounds and the college basketball season is a long one. The Orange proved that they were an athletic and excitable team on Saturday night with many talented players. One in particular that is new to the Dome and seems to improve with each passing game.

After being held scoreless in the first half on Saturday, freshman phenom Paul Harris helped bring the Orange back in the second half, showing a season-high Dome crowd of 23,857 what all the talk was about. Harris' stat line read all zeros at halftime but when the Orange came back out onto Jim Boeheim Court, the freshman turned up the intensity.

Harris scored 14 points, blocked one shot, and grabbed two boards in the second half, helping to bring the Orange back to tie the game.

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