Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 3/25/12
AP Photo/Elise Amendola Ohio State beat Syracuse 77-70 to end the Orange’s historic season, and the final score played out roughly like we all predicted. But the game itself was dictated by the officiating, a sour end to an incredible season. SU clearly missed Fab Melo as Jared Sullinger had 19 points in limited minutes and couldn’t be stopped in the clutch. Deshaun Thomas had 9 big rebounds and OSU outrebounded the Orange by 13. Aaron Craft was pesky enough to disrupt the offensive flow and SU could never make its major run. This game unfolded in a way no one could imagine because the men in stripes became a huge factor. Here’s sadly our final Fizz 5 this basketball season: 1. Yes, the officiating was terrible.  While most fans gripe often about the officiating, the referees became a major factor in this game and that is a problem. They were bad both ways (with a favorable lean towards Ohio State), and dumptrucked the flow of the game with two of the worst calls you’ll ever see. ...
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