Senior Swan Song

By wbng sports

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 26, 2010 at 10:53 PM EST

Syracuse, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

It was the best season in school history.
The best by any team in their conference in 30 years .
But the Cornell Big Red wanted more.
That only added to the disappointment of last night's loss to Kentucky.
Justin Horowitz has more from the Cornell seniors dealing with the end of their time in Big Red.

It wasn't the ending that most of the 22,000 red clad fans wanted to see. Cornell simply ran out of magic during its Cinderella run. But for eight seniors, it was an almost perfect ending to an unforgettable four years in Ithaca.

Senior Lou Dale says, "I never could've dreamed of making the Sweet 16 I don't think. It's been a good ride especially with this group of guys."

Ryan Wittman agrees, "It was an unbelievable experience, obviously. Coming in here, we're usually on the other end playing Syracuse when the crowd's like that. When we cut that lead down to six, I don't know if I've ever heard this place this loud before."

coach Steve Donahue says, "It's been so much fun, just fun. There's just no drama. They just go to work and there they are, they're ready to go."

Donahue admitted he couldn't hold back the tears in the post-game locker room.
His team captured America's imagination and represented the common man everywhere.
And despite the loss, Donahue couldn't be more proud of his guys.

"You don't have to take risks on character. You take great kids. You develop them. Kids who buy into a team. It really makes you believe that you can do things the right way and get them done and compete nationally."

Jeff Foote added, "I don't know if I'll ever fully get over it. This was such a special time in my life. It was probably the best time I'll ever have. I love these guys and I don't want to stop playing basketball with them."

This Cornell team put together the winningest season in Ivy League history and an unforgettable run to the NCAA Sweet 16. It also helped changed Cornell to a hockey school with a basketball problem. With the Red in Syracuse, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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