Gorman the Lone Bright Spot

Reserve forward Matt Gorman turned probably his best performance in a Syracuse basketball jersey Wednesday night. He finished the game with a career-high 10 points. Six of those came in a row to keep Syracuse in the game.

The first: a hook shot from the right side of the basket, and a foul. Gorman made the free throw to pull the Orange within for.

After a five straight points by Cincinnati guard Devan Downey brought the lead back up to nine, Gorman struck again. This time it was a pass from Gerry McNamara at the top of the key. Gorman buried the 3-pointer to pull Syracuse within 6 with 10:26 remaining in the game.

Unfortunately for Syracuse, the Bearcats followed up Gorman's contributions with a 15-2 run. Still, Boeheim was happy with his senior.

"Matt's capable of scoring," Boeheim said. "He's a low-post player and he made a couple of good plays inside, offensively. That was a positive coming out of this game."

McNamara also praised Gorman for his performance on a night when the rest of the team did not come out to play.

"I thought (Matt Gorman) did a great job of attacking the ball tonight," McNamara said. "We need more guys attacking the ball.

"Matt's a big time scorer, he always has been. Now he's getting his opportunity and he's showing it. He can do a lot of things for us."


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