SYRACUSfE, NY – Louis Orr and Roosevelt Bouie, forever joined in Syracuse basketball lore as “Louie and Bouie,” will have their jerseys retired at halftime of the February 21 game at the Carrier Dome. The duo played at Syracuse from 1976-80 and both finished their collegiate careers as 1,000-point scorers.
Orr produced 1,487 points and 881 rebounds while at Syracuse. He was a three-year starter at forward for Coach Jim Boeheim. Orr earned first-team All-BIG EAST Conference recognition as a senior. The Associated Press and Sporting News named him an honorable mention All-American in 1979-80.
After finishing his collegiate career, Orr was selected in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played eight seasons in the NBA with the Pacers and the Knicks. A former assistant coach at Syracuse, Orr was a head coach at Siena, Seton Hall and Bowling Green.
Bouie was a four-year starter and he accumulated 1,560 points, 987 rebounds and 327 blocked shots during his tenure. He still ranks tied for 18th in career scoring, seventh in rebounding and second in blocked shots. Bouie was a first-team All-BIG EAST Conference selection in 1979-80. An honorable mention Associated Press All-American as a junior, Bouie earned first-team USBWA All-American, third-team UPI and Basketball Weekly All-American and honorable mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press and Sporting Newsin 1979-80.
He was picked in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Bouie signed to play professionally in Europe and had a long and successful pro career.
Syracuse earned NCAA Tournament berths in each of the four seasons Bouie and Orr wore Orange. The team was 26-4 three years and 22-6 in 1977-78, the sophomore season for both players. Bouie and Orr were seniors when Syracuse first competed in the BIG EAST Conference and the Orange were conference champions in 1979-80, the first season of league play.
Orr and Bouie were both named to the Syracuse All-Century Team that was put together in 1999-00. The honor was bestowed upon 25 players.