The comments came after one of the most gutsy and unlikely comebacks in
Boeheim said although it was a great game, it never should have been that
close. There was a 35-point swing from
"We have guys in a position that they have to consistently produce for 35 minutes," Boeheim said. "We can't do that right now, and until we can, we are going to struggle and in every game we play."
Boeheim pointed to problems with inside scoring in the second half. He
said his starting big men played poorly inside when they should have dominated a
physically inferior team.
"Right now our big guys are shooting jump shots from 15 feet out," Boeheim said. "Shots they can't make and have no chance to get back."
"We've got to get guys to understand that they're the guys, they've gotta make the plays," Boeheim said. "Guys (are saying), ‘I'm getting held or pushed.' Just too many excuses being made. We can't play that way and be effective. There's gonna be holding. There's gonna be shoving. They've gotta play through that."
Boeheim said opposing teams are going to key on McNamara late in games, so it's the junior's job to step up when that happens.
"The three games we've been tied late, we've had nobody to make a play,"
Boeheim said. "
Although Boeheim was critical of his junior's inconsistency, he did end on a positive note.
"(The inconsistency) is mainly because they're not used to being in there in absolute crunch time when things have gotta get done," Boeheim said. "The more games they get, the more minutes they get involved in, the better chance they have to play their way through that."
"I think they will, but you've got to be able to play 40 minutes, and right now we can't do that."