"He had a great performance," junior Hakim Warrick said. "I saw him dominate a couple times. I know if you get him the ball, most of the time he's going to score."
Gorman was aggressive every time he touched the ball, hoisting seven shots, hitting four. Gorman, the local product from Watertown, uses a variety of shots and can score from several places on the floor. Among the weapons in his arsenal – an accurate midrange jumper, a sky-hook, and a turnaround jumper.
"I thought Matt Gorman did a tremendous job, made some real good plays on offense," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.
Gorman was used sparingly last year, playing just nine games, and did not play in the NCAA Tournament. Instead, he watched from the bench as fellow freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara were significant contributors to Syracuse's first national championship.
Over the summer, Gorman worked to improve his jump-shooting range and also bulked up with a strict lifting regimen, but his hard work still may not translate into playing time.
This year, he figures to have a hard time cracking the rotation, with Warrick and freshman Terrence Roberts in the mix at the power forward position. Roberts made a strong case as well against Binghamton, leading the Orangemen with 12 points.
"It's not Matt Gorman's fault, necessarily, that he's not playing," Boeheim said. "It's that Hakim is a four-man. It's unfortunate, but it's obvious that he's our best player."
Boeheim said he would explore the option of playing Warrick at small forward, but also said leaving Warrick on the perimeter takes Syracuse's post low-post rebounder away from the basket.
If Warrick can't contribute as much from small forward as opposed to the four, Gorman may find himself on the outside looking in, again.
"We've got four guys at the four that are pretty darn good," Boeheim said. "That's unfortunate. That's a bad situation."
Gorman still may not see more time
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