Facing a letdown game just two days after one of the most intense, emotional games in Syracuse history, Cooney rescued the Orange with a performance for the ages.
Simply put, Cooney was on fire. He took 12 shots from three-point land, and made nine of them. A scorching 75% from distance. Cooney hit wide open threes out of half-court sets, buried jumpers off the dribble, and drilled shots in transition.
It was a complete effort in which his nine threes tied a Syracuse single-game record. Cooney put on a show for the Carrier Dome crowd Monday night. He was so hot, assistant coach Gerry McNamara could only laugh on the bench as Cooney buried shot after shot after shot.
But shooting lights out was not all Cooney did to aid the Orange victory. He added four steals, two assists and two rebounds. His defense at the top of the zone was strong as he rotated well, deflected passes and cut off the Irish guards as they tried to drive the lane.
Over the last two games, Cooney has scored 47 points on 16-23 shooting (69.6%) and 11-14 (78.6%) from beyond the arc. He is officially out of his shooting slump.