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Syracuse center Mounir Hima blocked 26 shots in 27 games last season, but he has yet to play in a game this year. Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.com Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.com


Why hasn’t Hima played this season? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

The Mailbox didn’t receive as many questions as usual this week.

Maybe Syracuse fans were just mentally drained and emotionally exhausted after watching the Orange fall behind by 24 points to Colgate on Tuesday only to rally for a 79-75 win over the Raiders on Tuesday.

The biggest question of the week: Was it the biggest comeback in Syracuse history? Was answered by Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson in an article that appeared on our website on Wednesday.

(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to mwaters@syracuse.com).

Q: What is going on with Mounir Hima? He seemed to be developing well last year, and was looking forward to see him this year, but no sign of him. Is he practicing and redshirting? I haven’t even spotted him on the bench unless I have missed him?

Tim H.

Mike:
I have received dozens of questions similar to this one from Syracuse fans over the past week as Mounir Hima has yet to play in any of SU’s games this season.


From what I’ve been told, there’s nothing significantly wrong with Hima. The 6-foot-11 junior is available to play for the Orange. He has been in uniform and has warmed up prior to each game.

I understand why fans are wondering about his health. Hima was the primary backup to Jesse Edwards last season. He appeared in 27 games, although his playing time tailed off near the end of the season due to a nagging foot injury and Edwards’ outstanding play.

This year, SU coach Adrian Autry has used Naheem McLeod, the 7-foot-4 transfer from Florida State, and Maliq Brown, the 6-8 forward, in a big-small tandem at center. McLeod provides size and shot-blocking, while Brown is the more athletic option and plays better defensively in space.

Essentially, it appears that Hima has simply found himself behind McLeod and Brown at center.
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Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Elijah Moore on visit during epic SU comeback (itlh; Adler)

Newly signed Syracuse basketball commit Elijah Moore from New York City was on hand to watch the Orange mount a sensational comeback on Tuesday evening at the JMA Wireless Dome, according to a media report.

Mike Waters of Syracuse.com said in a post on his X page that the 6-foot-4 Moore, a four-star shooting guard in the 2024 class, was on an official visit to the ‘Cuse on Tuesday night when Syracuse basketball clawed back from a 24-point, second-half deficit to knock off top Patriot League team Colgate on the Hill, 79-75.



That’s awesome, and what a game for Elijah Moore to check out. The top-60 national prospect signed his national letter of intent (“NLI”) to play for Syracuse basketball last Saturday, after verbally committing to the Orange in late January over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State.


Lost in the commotion of Syracuse's comeback win over Colgate last night was that 2024 commit Elijah Moore was at the game. He was on his official visit. @choppafam3
— Mike Waters (@MikeWatersSYR) November 15, 2023

The ‘Cuse coaching staff offered a scholarship to Moore in April of 2022. In late August of that year, he competed in the Orange’s annual Elite Camp. In October of last year, Elijah Moore went on his first official visit to the ‘Cuse.

Four-star shooting guard Elijah Moore is part of an excellent 2024 class for Syracuse basketball.

Moore, who is one of the best long-range threats in his cycle but continues to expand his all-around game, earning praise from national analysts and scouts in that regard, is one of two commits in the Orange’s senior class.

The other is four-star power forward Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C. The 6-foot-9 Freeman, who also recently signed his NLI to play for Syracuse basketball, is a senior at the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
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SU in Honolulu: What kind of competition awaits in Maui Invitational? (PS; $; Ditota)

Syracuse is headed to the Maui Invitational fresh from a dramatic, cleansing win over Colgate.

The Orange survived a once 24-point beatdown in the Dome Tuesday to emerge on the other side and remain unbeaten in three attempts.

Players were looking forward to testing themselves against an elite Maui Invitational field. Five participants are ranked in the AP’s men’s basketball poll’s Top 11.

“Super excited,” SU’s Chris Bell said after his 25-point performance against Colgate. “Can’t wait to play Tennessee and hopefully win.”

That will be the tallest of tasks.

Here’s a look at the 2023 Maui Invitational field. Games begin Monday. Syracuse and Tennessee play Monday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The game will be televised by ESPN2. (It will be 9:30 a.m. in Honolulu.)

Tennessee

The Orange open with the Vols, a team ranked in the Top 10 with high hopes this season.

Rick Barnes – remember him, Syracuse fans? – has assembled for years a team dedicated to sticky defense. Now, he also has players who can score.

The defense is formidable. Right now, through three games, Tennessee ranks third nationally in defensive efficiency (kenpom.com). They have stifled opposing 3-point shooters and made teams take a long time trying to find a credible shot.
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The bench reacts when the deficit was cut to 10. The Syracuse Orange basketball team takes on the Colgate Red Raiders at He JMA Wireless Dome Nov. 14, 2023. Dennis Nett |dnett@syracuse.comdnett@syracuse.com

Where does Syracuse’s 24-point comeback against Colgate rank among the biggest in D-I history? (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse’s 24-point comeback win over Colgate ranks among the 20 biggest second-half comebacks in the NCAA Division I record books, meaning those who watched Tuesday night’s game witnessed something relatively rare in college basketball history.

The record book list only 14 times when a team overcame a larger second-half deficit than the Orange did against the Raiders. Seven other teams matched last night with comebacks from 24 points down.

The Orange trailed Colgate 54-30 with 16:32 remaining when it turned to a full-court press, going from seemingly lifeless to absolutely relentless and, along the way, earning a 79-75 victory and a special college basketball moment.

The largest second-half comeback in Division I history is believed to be a 31-point rally, which has been accomplished twice.

Duke came back from 31 points down in the second half to beat Tulane in 1950, while Kentucky accomplished the feat against LSU in 1994.

Both NCAA and individual college records have been maintained with much more accuracy in recent years, making it impossible to know exactly where the Syracuse-Colgate ranks in history.

But with more than 5,800 games played most years, the game was certainly a rarity. ESPN’s win probability model gave Colgate a 99.4 percent chance to win the game after Jeff Woodward’s layup brought the margin to a game-high of 24 points.
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https://www.si.com/college/syracuse...ill-take-time-to-get-back-fully-into-rotation (CI; McAllister)

Syracuse forward Benny Williams returned from suspension and made his season debut in the Orange's Tuesday night win over Colgate. He played nine minutes, did not score on 0-4 shooting including 0-3 from beyond the arc. Williams added one rebound and one assist in nine minutes of action.

"Benny, he just came back with us," head coach Adrian Autry said following the win over Colgate. "It's going to take some time to get his conditioning and rhythm back. The greatest thing that I've seen was that he up and cheering for his teammates. He was into it. He was ready to go if I called him. So again, we look forward to working him back in with this team. Getting him back into the rotation. I thought he was great today and he did what he could do from being away for a couple of days."



Williams was suspended for violation of team rules prior to the second exhibition game. He missed that along with the first two games of the regular season. Last week, the program announced he had returned to all team activities. Williams was expected to be a key starter and leader for the Orange this season.

In his absence, Justin Taylor stepped into the starting lineup and played well, averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the first two games while shooting 44% from three point range.
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Syracuse men’s basketball: Following suspension, Benny Williams returns to game action (TNIAAM; Szuba)

Benny Williams returned to game action for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team for the Colgate matchup on Tuesday night. After a “violation of team rules” kept him out of the early season, Williams missed the team’s final exhibition contest and the first two games of the season. He was reinstated for all team activities following the Canisius game last week.

Williams, Syracuse’s most experienced player in the program as a junior, played just nine minutes in his return. He mostly struggled, going 0-4 from the floor while grabbing one rebound and dishing out one assist.

“It’s going to take some time to get his conditioning and rhythm back,” Adrian Autry said post-game.



After starting 24 games as a sophomore, Williams came off the bench in his return against Colgate. The 6-foot-9 junior forward made his first appearance of the season at the 9:46 mark to an audible cheer from the Syracuse fanbase.

Williams was one of three returning starters for Syracuse coming into the year. Despite his struggles in his first game back, Autry mentioned how Williams was up cheering for his teammates and prepared to play.

“He was into it. He was ready go if I called him,” the head coach said.

Williams was not available for interviews following the game. He was not seen in the Syracuse locker room. Sophomore Justin Taylor continues to start in his place with Chris Bell at the opposite forward position.

“We look forward to working him back in with this team and getting him back into the rotation,” Autry said.


"Coach Red was telling us to keep fighting:" SU men's basketball describes comeback win over Colgate (cnycewntral.com; Wenskoski)

Syracuse men's basketball looked like a new team on Tuesday night.

Adrian "Red" Autry's squad overcame a 24-point deficit to take down regional foe Colgate by a final score of 79-75. The Orange have lost to Colgate in each of the last two seasons, and looked like it was well on its way to doing so again, with the Raiders leading 40-36 at halftime.

The players credit their dedication to fight for each other, encouragement from Coach Autry, and the liveliness of the crowd inside the JMA Wireless Dome as the motivation to fight back.

"The crowd helped us a lot with their energy," said sophomore guard Chris Bell postgame. Bell had a career night, putting up 25 points, 15 of which came in the second-half run. "Coach Red was telling us to keep fighting," Bell said. "You (SU) are going to get down by 20, might get down by 15 to Tennessee...the question is do we give up? Or do we keep fighting like we did today?"
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Wes Durham "The 315" 11-15-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

ACC Network play-by-play man Wes Durham joins Brian Higgins to preview Syracuse’s game against Georgia Tech this weekend with bowl eligibility at stake and to touch on the start of the ACC men’s basketball season a bit.

Keeping Up With The 315 11-15-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins lays out the good and the bad from Syracuse men’s basketball’s win over Colgate last night in which the Orange trailed by 24. Then, he spins the Wheel of Autry and reacts to some of Coach Red’s postgame thoughts from last night. Later, the most polarizing sports radio caller in The 315 is back with thoughts on last night’s game.


Syracuse Men's Basketball on Instagram: "BOOM "

Is it Time to Hit The Panic Button on Naheem McCloud (orangefizz.net; Gotkin)

Adrian Autry is just three games in to his tenure as Syracuse head coach, yet there are a lot of questions around his team already. The biggest one is the position where the biggest guy plays. We’ve been saying here at Orange Fizz for months that Maliq Brown starting at center gives SU the best chance to win basketball games. So far though, it’s been the Florida State transfer Naheem McCloud at the five. While the tallest player in program history has had some spurts of success, the bad seems to be far outweighing the good so far.

When a player is 7’4 you’d expect they can consistently bring in rebounds. However, for Naheem McCloud that just hasn’t been the case. Outside of the Canisius game where he had 9 boards, McCloud has had three rebounds in each of his other games. And the issue isn’t just the McCloud isn’t bring down the boards himself. He struggles to box out and allow for a ton of offensive rebounds.
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G2 2023 BGR 19U NCAA League Duke vs. Syracuse. (youtube; video; BGR Sports)

G2 2023 BGR 19U NCAA League Duke vs. Syracuse.

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The Winter Fair at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N.Y. Friday February 4, 2022 Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.com


2024 Syracuse Winter Fair to bring ‘a little taste of summer in the winter’ (PS; Ortiz)

For fans of the New York State Fair missing the warm weather and outdoor activities this winter, there’s something to look forward to in February.

The Syracuse Winter Fair returns to the Expo Center at the NYS Fairgrounds Friday Feb. 2, Saturday Feb. 3 and Sunday Feb. 4, 2024. The fair—which started in 2019—is in its fifth year and will have a few new features.

The three day event is a “little taste of summer in the winter.” Expect food and rides typically enjoyed during the summer months and don’t forget the live entertainment, too.

This year, the event has a new sponsor, AmeriCU. The credit union will be providing free parking for all Winter Fair attendees. Steve Becker, Winter Fair organizer, said he hopes for an increase in attendance with the free parking.

Last year, the event had 15,000 attendees. Becker said he’s expecting 20,000 this upcoming year.

“There is an expense that we have to pay for, and AmeriCU has stepped up to help with that expense, so we can make [parking] free for all three days,” said Becker.

The event is partnering with Legend Athletics, a name, image and likeness (NIL) agency, for special panels and meet and greets with former Syracuse athletes, like former basketball player John Wallace and football player Robert Drummond. Fans will be able to buy the players’ merchandise, and maybe shoot a hoop or two with them.

“It could be something that the fans and ourselves can enjoy as we get older, as we get more nostalgia and as our stories get better,” Wallace said.

Other Winter Fair highlights include an Irish dance competition, the Six Nations Native American dancers and African drumming from the Adanfo African Ensemble.
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New indoor roller skating rink now open in Onondaga County (PS; Doran)

A new indoor roller skating is now open in the Seneca Mall in Clay.

Skate-N-Place opened in early November in the former Aspen Athletic Club building at 8015 Oswego Road (Route 57) in Clay. Owner Carly Halsey turned the 18,000-square-foot former gym into a rink offering skate rentals, a snack bar and a party room for events and birthdays.

The rink also offers learn-to-skate classes and certain times when adults can skate.

Skate rentals are $5 and admission ranges from $12 to $15, with adults able to skate free at designated times during the weekend.

The rink is open evenings and weekends except Mondays and Tuesdays, which are reserved for private parties.
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