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After five years, is it really Gorman Time?

Posted by Tim on November 12, 2006

So the Orange rolled over Penn last night, 78 to 60. I didn’t get the chance to watch, but by the looks of the box score and the game stories (see here and here) it would appear that we simply overpowered the Quakers without playing particularly sharp basketball. Case in point: Terrence Roberts got stripped five times and Josh Wright negated his six assists with four turnovers. Penn started only one player taller than 6’7″ but still managed to grab more boards. This is all familiar territory for long-time SU fans, but worth mentioning nonetheless.

According to both the Associated Press and Post-Standard game stories linked above, Matt Gorman was the game’s hero, delivering an impressive performance while spelling Mookie Watkins at center and Terrence Roberts at power forward. (He scored 12 points and grabbed two boards in 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field — including a three — and nailing a couple of free throws to boot.) I think I speak for most of the SU hoops fans I know when I say everyone’s been waiting a very long time for Gorman to step up and contribute. With Arinze Onuaku likely done for the season, Gorman just has to be effective off the bench if we’re going anywhere this season.

On a somewhat related note, it’s great to see Boeheim spreading the minutes around in the team’s first few games. He always has his go-to guys, but he’s been finding time for role players like Andy Rautins too.

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One Response to “After five years, is it really Gorman Time?”

  1. Josh said

    Reasons not to be concerned: Penn is actually a decent team — Ivy champs, returning 4 starters, blah blah. Plays Ivy League offense which is difficult to guard, especially early in the season when your team is less coherent.

    Reasons to be concerned: turnovers and poor foul shooting, even from the guards. Also, Watkins commits 4 fouls in 20 minutes. That may be just due to being exposed by backdoor cuts, but it suggests he still has trouble moving around in the post and will have his hands full against Aaron Gray, Roy Hibbert, et al.

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