• History of Excellence

    History of Excellence

    Today’s Syracuse University students pursuing careers in sports media are part of a tradition that goes back more than 75 years. The great sportscaster Marty Glickman ’39 is recognized as the “godfather” of a long line of SU sports media professionals that includes Bob Costas ’74, Hank Greenwald ’57, Dave Pasch ’94, Dick Stockton ’64, Andy Musser ’59, Marv Albert ’63, Beth Mowins G’90 Len Berman ’68, G’70, Sean McDonough ’84, Mike Tirico ’88, Ian Eagle ’90, Dave O’Brien ’86 and many more–not only in sports broadcasting but also in sports writing, editing, production and management at the national and local levels.

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    Students in the Sports Communications Emphasis have covered the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA baseball) and have written columns focused on Major League Baseball, the National Football League and Mixed Martial Arts. Students also work with the Syracuse Crunch (American Hockey League) and the ACC Network.

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    Newhouse School graduate students in the Sports Communications Emphasis serve as credentialed reporters covering Syracuse University teams. Their stories appear on this website in text, photo and video format, and they also contribute to campus media outlets covering sports. Students have covered SU football, cross country, basketball, crew and lacrosse, and there’s more to come.

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    When you look to the top of the sports broadcasting profession you see Syracuse alumni everywhere you turn: from NBC’s Bob Costas ’74 and Mike Tirico ’88 to Marv Albert ’63, the Voice of the NBA, plus ESPN’s Sean McDonough ’84, Dave Pasch ’94, Dave O’Brien ’86 and Beth Mowins G’90 and CBS’ Ian Eagle ’90. Former SU football and basketball stars such as Daryl Johnston ’89, Don McPherson ’88, Donovan McNabb ’98 and Leo Rautins ’83 have moved into the broadcast booth. SU alums are play-by-play voices for the Boston Red Sox (Dave O’Brien ’86 and Joe Castiglione G’70), San Francisco Giants (Dave Flemming G’99), Minnesota Twins (Cory Provus ’00) and Houston Astros (Robert Ford ’01). Personalities such as Bill Roth ’87 (Virginia Tech), Tony Caridi ’84 (West Virginia) and SU’s own Voice of the Orange Matt Park ’89 call games for Division One college programs.

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    SU alumni in sports media have always been willing to mentor and advise students. Whether returning to campus to speak and meet with the next generation of sports media professionals, Skyping with them, critiquing demo reels and clips or helping students make internship and job contacts, Orange alumni are always there. The Newhouse Sports Media Center helps make those connections between students and alumni.

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Homecoming and History, Bellator 186

Homecoming and History, Bellator 186

November 21, 2017

Story and Photos by Jose Cuevas  State College, Pa. — Bellator 186 was the first Bellator fight card held on a major Division 1 college campus. The fights emanated from Penn State University, a college campus well known for its football and top notch wrestling program. Former Penn State wrestlers Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis and […]

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 State College, Pa. — Bellator 186 was the first Bellator fight card held on a major Division 1 college campus.

The fights emanated from Penn State University, a college campus well known for its football and top notch wrestling program. Former Penn State wrestlers Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis and Ed “Easy” Ruth made their return to their alma mater and the crowd was electric in support of them.

There were 14 fights total on the card, nine on the preliminary card and five on the main televised card. The following are the results of each fight in the order they took place the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State.

 

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Joshua Fremd defeated Ryan Parker via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), in the 2nd round, time: 1:25
Andrew Salas defeated Ethan Goss via Split Decision
Frank Buenafuente defeated Francis Healy via Unanimous Decision
Tywan Claxton defeated Jonny Bonilla-Bowman via KO (Flying Knee), in the 1st round, time: 1:29
Logan Storley defeated Matt Secor via Unanimous Decision
Dominic Mazzotta defeated Matthew Lozano via TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Round 1, time: 2:37
Michael Trizano defeated Mike Otwell via Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Round 2, time: 2:07
Mike Wilkins defeated Brett Martinez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Round 2, time: 1:09
Scott Clymer defeated Michael Benjamin Putnam via TKO (unanswered Punches) Round 1, time: 3:07
MAIN CARD
Saad Awad defeated Zach Freeman via TKO (unanswered Punches) Round 1, time 1:07
Ed Ruth defeated Chris Dempsey via KO (punch) Round 2, time 0:27
Phil Davis defeated Leo Leite via Unanimous Decision
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeated Emily Ducote via Submission (Triangle Armbar), Round 5, time: 3:42
Ryan Bader defeated Linton Vassel via TKO (unanswered Punches) Round 2, time 3:58

 

NOTABLE FIGHTS

 

Tywan Claxton versus Jonny Bonilla-Bowman

Not all hard-hitting action occurs on the main card and this fight proves it. Tywan Claxton made his pro debut and he did not disappoint. In the 1st round he delivered a vicious flying knee that knocked out Jonny Bonilla-Bowman on contact. It was arguably the highlight of the night.

 

Dominic Mazzotta versus Matt Lozano

Dominic Mazzotta was coming off a loss to A.J. McKee at Bellator 178 and had something to prove. Mazzotta is also a native of New Kensington, Pa. which must have added to his motivation.

Mazzotta easily controlled the first round taking down Lozano and executing brutal ground and pound. Mazzotta landed an elbow early on that littered the canvas with Lozano’s blood.

Mazzotta continued to rack on the damage until the referee stopped the action to have a doctor examine the cut.

The fight was called off in the first round by the doctor and Mazzotta was declared the winner.

 

Mike Wilkins versus Brett Martinez

Two local boys faced off in the penultimate prelim fight. Mike Wilkins brought his supporters with him who cheered him on voraciously in the Bryce Jordan Center. Wilkins showed his dominance early by putting on a striking clinic in the first round.

The first round was all Wilkins as he dictated the pace and used his striking to maintain the distance. Round one ended with Martinez’s right eye swollen and with a mouse developing under it.

Heading into the second it was expected that Wilkins would use his striking to continue mounting damage, but this time it was his grappling as he was able to take down Martinez and gain rear control. He ultimately cinched in a rear naked choke and won via submission

Wilkins wasn’t the only one celebrating as his supporters were ecstatic as well.

 

Saad Awad versus Zach Freeman

Saad Awad is a veteran MMA fighter who has fought on Bellator cards multiple times. He came out with something to prove against Zach Freeman.

Awad made short work of Freeman with a vicious right hook that landed flush.

In the post fight interview Awad said he felt overlooked.  He hopes to get a title shot, and after that performance you can be assured that Bellator President Scott Coker is considering it.

 

Chris Dempsey versus Ed Ruth

Undefeated Ed Ruth returned to his Alma Mater with a thunderous ovation.

The three time All American wrestler was expected to use his wrestling skills to dominate Chris Dempsey and Ruth did not disappoint as he maintained control in the first round using his wrestling skills.

Dempsey could not overcome Ruth’s superb wrestling skills and tried to keep the fight in the center of the cage. However, it turned out to be a mistake as Ruth is also a magnificent striker.

Ruth was declared the victor in the second round via K.O. Penn State was electric as he celebrated his victory.

 

Leo Leite versus Phil Davis

Penn State wrestling coach and legend Cael Sanderson was in attendance at Bellator 186. He was asked by the broadcast team to join them for the next fight, Davis vs. Leite.

Mr. Wonderful like Ruth was a very accomplished wrestler during his time at Penn State and many believed he would use his wrestling to beat Leite. It wasn’t his wrestling that Leite would have to worry about but Davis’ kicks.

In round one Davis and Leite were feeling each other out not committing too much to attacking. Leite is a former Jui-Jitsu World Champion which gave Davis problems in terms of using his wrestling to bring Leite to the mat.

In round 2 the action perked up as Davis became more aggressive throwing more punches. However he accidentally poked Leite in the eye.

Once the referee called time in, Davis went back to applying pressure and forcing Leite on his backfoot.

Heading into the third round it seemed Davis was winning on the cards due to his consistent pressure. Davis continued throwing punches and kicks hoping to sway the judges. The crowd began chanting “We are Penn State!” and “Davis!” to motivate Davis.

Davis won a unanimous decision as his consistent pressure and role as the aggressor swayed the judges in his favor. He said that he was glad to be back at Penn State and wants a title fight next and that he wouldn’t mind fighting both Ryan Bader and Linton Vassell.

 

Ducote versus Macfarlane

History would be made as the winner of Ducote versus Macfarlane would be the inaugural Bellator Women’s Flyweight champion.

From Round one Macfarlane showed why she is a feared striker with effective punches. Not only was her striking efficient, but she was able to defend well against Ducote’s strikes.

Macfarlane was also very comfortable on the ground as she continually tried to lock in a submission hold, whether it be a triangle choke, armbar, kimura, or rear-naked choke.

In round two both fighters stayed on their feet and exchanged strikes. Ducote threw solid leg kicks hoping to weaken Macfarlane’s base. Macfarlane continued to strike effectively and caused Ducote to begin bleeding from her nose.

In the third round Macfarlane began attacking Ducote’s body. Her attack included a savage knee from a clinch. Ducote tried to take Macfarlane down in hopes of getting in control but it was reversed.

In round four both combatants took each-other to the limit as they exchanged blows in the middle of the cage. Both were showing signs of fatigue, but they did not back off.

In round five Ducote worked hard to turn the tide of the fight. She was the aggressor hoping to land something solid on Macfarlane. Macfarlane went for a throw however Ducote reversed it and gained control.

Macfarlane remained poised to find an opening and lock in a submission. She finally found her opening as she was able to secure Ducote’s arm and lock in a makeshoft armbar for the win.

Ducote verbally submitted and Macfarlane was crowned the inaugural Bellator Women’s Flyweight champion.

 

Bader versus Vassell

In the main even Ryan Bader and Linton Vassell faced off for Bader’s Bellator Light Heavyweight championship. Vassell was not an easy opponent for Bader as he was very strong and had excellent range.

As was the theme for most of the night, wrestlers dominated, and Bader used his wrestling skills to gain control of the fight.

Heading into the second round Bader resumed wrestling and was able to corner Vassell at the edge of the cage.

Bader began to throw heavy strikes after gaining wrist control and exposing Vassell’s guard. The referee stopped the fight shortly thereafter as Vassell was taking heavy punches to his face by Bader.

The referee stopped the fight in the second round via TKO and Ryan Bader retained his Light Heavyweight championship.

Battle Leads Syracuse Over Texas Southern

Battle Leads Syracuse Over Texas Southern

November 21, 2017

Story by Brooke Meenachan Photos by Peter Benson Syracuse, N.Y. — Tyus Battle proved to be the difference maker in Syracuse’s 80-67 win over Texas Southern in front of 16,644 fans Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.  The 6-foot-6 sophomore guard finished with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in just 26 minutes on the court. […]

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Story by Brooke Meenachan

Photos by Peter Benson

Syracuse, N.Y. — Tyus Battle proved to be the difference maker in Syracuse’s 80-67 win over Texas Southern in front of 16,644 fans Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.

 The 6-foot-6 sophomore guard finished with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in just 26 minutes on the court. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim took Battle out after picking up his second personal foul with 9:50 left in the first half. Syracuse was trailing 20-18 at the time.

“He could have went back in, but I think Frank [Howard] and Geno [Thorpe] played well together during that stretch,” Coach Boeheim said.

Thorpe Steps Up

Thorpe helped pick up the slack for Syracuse with Battle on the bench. The fifth year transfer from South Florida led the Orange with 13 markers on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the perimeter, heading into half with a 38-30 lead over the Tigers.

“When we we’re moving the first half, Geno made some really good plays, almost on his own,” Coach Boeheim said. “He kept us in there the first half. That was good.”

That wasn’t the case in the second half as Thorpe didn’t score a single point. The Pittsburgh native played only seven minutes and missed all three shots he took.

“I’m just trying to play my own game, you know what I mean?” Thorpe said. “Find my own rhythm. I’m not really too worried about how people think I’m playing. I just want to contribute to the team as much as possible.”

 

Battle’s Back

Battle returned to start the second half and made his presence known by burying a 3-pointer on Syracuse’s first possession.

The Orange went on a 15-0 run with the help of the sophomore guard. He scored 14 points in the first eight minutes.

Battle faked out his defender in the corner, spun back towards the baseline and put down a one-handed dunk that lifted the Syracuse crowd from their seats with 12:26 on the clock.

Battle is averaging 22.3 points per game this season.

 

Syracuse Slow Start

Like its last three starts, the Orange struggled to get the ball rolling.

Texas Southern went on a 5-0 run to start the first half. The Orange got on the board with a pair of foul shots from Oshae Brissett.

In the postgame conference, Boeheim said it was like his team had never seen a zone before.

The Tigers played a 2-3 zone, which Syracuse struggled against, going 0-7 from the field to start the game.

“It’s early in the season.” Battle said. “People are going to get more comfortable with the system with our team, with our coaching staff, guys are going to step up every night.”

Their first bucket didn’t come until four minutes in when Tyus Battle knocked down a 3-pointer.

Syracuse had five players finish in double figures. Battle led the offense with 21 points and Thorpe added 13. Howard finished with 12 markers and dished out eight assists. Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Tigers were led by Donte Clark, who finished with 20 points.

Orange Crushed by Cardinals

Orange Crushed by Cardinals

November 21, 2017

Story by Karthik Venkataraman Photos by Rafael Freitas LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Weather delayed Saturday’s game, but not even Mother Nature was pouring it on as much as the Louisville Cardinals did on Syracuse in the Orange’s 56-10 loss at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. At a Glance The team suffered its worst loss by point […]

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Story by Karthik Venkataraman

Photos by Rafael Freitas

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Weather delayed Saturday’s game, but not even Mother Nature was pouring it on as much as the Louisville Cardinals did on Syracuse in the Orange’s 56-10 loss at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.


At a Glance

The team suffered its worst loss by point margin on the season, ending its chance for an automatic bid for a bowl game.

“I’m not even going to use the ‘B’ word right now,” Syracuse head coach Dino Baber said. “It’s just a situation where we went out there and played a football team that’s in the top part of our conference and we didn’t get an opportunity to compete with them.”

The Cardinals got it done behind a powerfully balanced offensive attack. Louisville outgained Syracuse in total yards 727 to 335.

Louisville Lit up Scoreboard Early and Often

Louisville set the tone just 36 seconds into the Senior Day game with a senior.

On the second play of the opening drive, Cardinals running back Malik Williams bolted into the endzone for a 43-yard rushing touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Orange responded with a 51-yard field goal from Cole Murphy later in the quarter, but those were the only points Syracuse mustered in the first half.

Just as quickly as the Cardinals opened up the first quarter, they did it again in the second. On the quarter’s opening play, Quarterback Lamar Jackson stiff armed a defender on his way to a 43-yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-3.

Two minutes of game time later, running back Reggie Bonnafon added to the score with a 33-yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-3 as the crowd chanted his name.

“That was like a dream come true,” Bonnafon said. “It was cool to feel the love from the fans.”

The game was postponed early in the second quarter due to lightning. The 43 minute delay couldn’t halt the Cardinals momentum.

When play resumed, Jackson found wide receiver Jaylen Smith for a 72-yard strike with 5:50 left in the first half.

On the following drive, Syracuse third-string quarterback Rex Culpepper replaced Zack Mahoney, who was starting for injured Eric Dungey. Mahoney was 5 of 15 for 49 yards with two interceptions when he was pulled.

Louisville took a 35-3 lead at halftime. Syracuse was out-gained 450 yards to 148 at the break. All the touchdowns Syracuse’s defense let up in the first half were for more than 30 yards.

 

Louisville Kept Foot on the Gas in Second Half

The Orange started with possession in the second half with a chance to gain momentum,

however, Culpepper threw an interception in the opening drive of the half.

Louisville promptly scored 56 seconds later as Jackson twisted and turned for a 19 yard rushing touchdown making it 42-3.

The Cardinals scored two more touchdowns in the half.

Malik Williams ran through the Orange defense for a 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Williams had nine rushes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. It was the most rushing yards by a running back at Louisville since 2010.

Backup Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass threw a touchdown to wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick to make it 56-3 in the fourth.

The Orange scored an eight yard, Ervin Phillips rushing touchdown with about five minutes left in the game to make it 56-10.

 

Game notes for the Orange

Rex Culpepper finished the game 8-19 for 89 yards with two interceptions.

Syracuse boasts the top active receiving duo in NCAA football with wide receivers Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips.  They struggled to find space today, combining for only four catches and 42 yards. It was the duo’s lowest combined total of the season.

The Orange allowed over 50 points for the second straight game, allowing 110 points in total to Wake Forest and Louisville. The defense has let up over 700 yards in both of the last two games. They allowed 734 yards to Wake Forest and 727 to Louisville.

“I think it’s a lot more about who we are playing and what they are doing,” Babers said on the defenses struggles. “Coaches are doing a good job isolating people and putting them in situations where guys are going to have to make plays.”

 

A Career Day for a Heisman Candidate

Lamar Jackson had quite the day for Louisville and set school records along the way. Jackson went 14-26 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He ran 12 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

“Today he made plays that people can’t make other than him,” Syracuse linebacker and team captain Zaire Franklin said.

He broke the school record for most total yards in Louisville Cardinals history. He passed Chris Redman’s total of 12,474 yards.

 

Orange Highlights

As starting running back Dontae Strickland sat out due to injury, his backup Moe Neal rushed for a season high 98 yards.

Steve Ishmael ties former Orange wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo’s single-season record for receptions at 94 that was set in 2016.

On defense, linebacker Zaire Franklin recorded his 300th career tackle.

 

What’s Next for Syracuse

The Orange plays its final game of the year against Boston College next Saturday in the Carrier Dome. It will be Senior Day for Syracuse.

“We’ve got to treat it like everything else and finish it the right way,” Franklin said. “Come in, watch it, learn from it, get a win on our senior night.”

Syracuse is no longer eligible for an automatic bid for a bowl game.

Syracuse Battles to 68-45 Win Over Hawks

Syracuse Battles to 68-45 Win Over Hawks

November 21, 2017

Story By Julian Whigham Photos by Jude Allume   Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) topped the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (1-2) 68-45, winning their second of four straight home games. Sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia looked sharp, spreading the ball around for ten assists and redshirt junior forward Miranda Drummond […]

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Story By Julian Whigham

Photos by Jude Allume

 

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) topped the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (1-2) 68-45, winning their second of four straight home games.

Sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia looked sharp, spreading the ball around for ten assists and redshirt junior forward Miranda Drummond led the way in scoring, recording 19 points on an efficient five of nine shooting night.

“She (Drummond) did a really good job of getting into some open areas, she’s a good player.” Orange head coach Quinton Hillsman said. “When you have a good player who can play a lot of minutes for you, you have a chance at being successful.”

 

How It Happened

Syracuse got off to a hot start defensively holding MDESW to just 10 points and 35-percent shooting from the floor. The Orange’s defensive effort translated into early offense, converting ten first-quarter turnovers into eight points on the other end. In the second period, Jasmine Nwaje sparked a 10-0 run with a jumper at the 6:11 mark and after an Isis Young layup in the final seconds, Syracuse closed the half with a 37-28 advantage.

In the fourth, the Orange got out on another run, this time a 12-point advantage capped by a Mangakahia lay-up as the guard tallied her final two points, finishing with 16 on the night—recording her first double-double of the season.

Freshman Nikki Oppenheimer drained a 3-point dagger in the closing moments of the fourth, giving the Orange a comfortable 24-point lead.

 

Player of the Game 

Miranda Drummonds 19-point night helped her lead both teams in player efficiency at a rate of 19.0. Drummond started slow, shooting just one for four in the first quarter. Her sluggish shooting night didn’t last long, scoring 13 points in the second quarter.

“Seeing that first one go down definitely helps.” Drummond said.

 

Notes

  • Syracuse out-rebounded Maryland Eastern Shore 51-33 and picked up 12 offensive boards in the game.
  • Three Syracuse players recorded double-figure points, including Drummond (19), Mangakahia (16), and Finklea-Guity (11)
  • Mangakahia finished with ten assists tonight for the second game in a row.
Homer Survives for Section III Class B Football Title

Homer Survives for Section III Class B Football Title

November 21, 2017

Photos and Story by Kent Paisley Syracuse, NY— In a furious comeback bid that Homer couldn’t have written better himself, the Homer Trojans (10-0) hold on for the rubber match victory against the Cazenovia Lakers (9-1) in the Section III Class B Championship, 28-21 in the Carrier Dome.   Trojan First Half Dominance The result was […]

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Photos and Story by Kent Paisley

Syracuse, NY— In a furious comeback bid that Homer couldn’t have written better himself, the Homer Trojans (10-0) hold on for the rubber match victory against the Cazenovia Lakers (9-1) in the Section III Class B Championship, 28-21 in the Carrier Dome.

 

Trojan First Half Dominance

The result was four unanswered touchdowns for Homer, whose lone blemish was a Tucker O’Donnell interception in Cazenovia red zone territory late in the second quarter.

The Trojans opened the scoring floodgates with a 33 yard run up the left side by Krillin Drake with 8:47 left in the first.

The Trojan offense churned out efficient drives, converting the next two trips into the red zone for touchdowns. They held a 21-0 lead when the Laker offense piled on to Cazenovia’s issues.

 

Lakers struggling out of the gate

In their semifinal playoff matchup, the Lakers failed to score in the first half, then pitched a second half shutout for a 14-3 victory over Marcellus.

The team followed that script, getting shut out in the opening half.

Cazenovia fumbled a kickoff return, leading to a Trojan touchdown. The Lakers recorded their opening first down with 7:32 to go in the second quarter.

The team settled down on the offensive end with consecutive first down runs thereafter, and then the ground opened up beneath them.

Laker senior captain Matt Regan threw a 60 yard pick six, with Dante Yacavone evading five tacklers on his way to the end zone.

The Lakers did not give up a score the rest of the way. The third quarter and first half of the fourth looked like the game would remain uneventful.

The defending champion Lakers showed their experience at the end, with its seniors making the game interesting in the final minutes.

 

An Odyssey of a Comeback

Odysseus had to survive a multitude of hurdles on his way home to Ithaca in Homer’s greek epic The Odyssey.

Odysseus evaded Lotus Eaters, a trip to the underworld, the sirens, the Charydbis, stuck on an island for 7 years with Kalypso, amongst other struggles, until he finally returned home.

The Lakers faced a similarly tall task to claim its sixth section III class B championship in eight years.

Ball at its own 46 yard line.

4:40 to go, trailing 28-0.

The handoff went to senior Jake Macheda, who busted up the right sideline for the 54 yard score. The extra point converted.

The lotus eaters were dealt with.

Kicker Ian Fostveit sent an onside kick up the right side, which the Lakers collected.

The escape out of the underworld knocked off the list.

The Lakers dug deep into its playbook, with a five yard touchdown pass to starting senior wide receiver Scott McLaughlin from Regan, to trail 28-14 with 1:43 left in the game.

The Sirens were navigated.

Fostveit sent an onside kick up the middle. In the madness of the dog pile, Cazenovia came up with the ball at the Trojan 42.

They survived the Charydbis.

Back-to-back 20 yard plays to McLaughlin and senior tight end Kevin Stadler put the Lakers at the three yard line. A personal foul penalty would inch them closer.

The Lakers crowd was on its feet as Regan punched his way into the end zone on the QB sneak with 44 seconds on the clock.

The extra point was missed, but it remained a one score game, 28-20.

They entered Kalypso’s island.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, they did not have a lifetime to complete the comeback. Fostveit’s third consecutive onside kick bid went out of bounds.

The Trojans would kneel out the final seconds to claim the championship.

Other Notes

Jake Macheda and Tommy Britt were named MVPs of the game for Cazenovia and Homer, respectively.

 

Tirico Collects Marty Glickman Award in Campus Ceremony

Tirico Collects Marty Glickman Award in Campus Ceremony

November 15, 2017

Story by Zach Staton Photos by Kristin O’Grady Syracuse, N.Y. – When Mike Tirico is behind a microphone calling a Notre Dame football game for NBC or hosting Football Night in America, he usually has a tremendous amount of notes prepared, ready to deliver any information at a moment’s notice. That was not the case Tuesday night […]

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Story by Zach Staton

Photos by Kristin O’Grady

Syracuse, N.Y. – When Mike Tirico is behind a microphone calling a Notre Dame football game for NBC or hosting Football Night in America, he usually has a tremendous amount of notes prepared, ready to deliver any information at a moment’s notice.

That was not the case Tuesday night when he accepted the Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media.

“I sat next to Beth (Mowins) and pulled out a notecard and said, ‘Beth, look what I’ve prepared,'” Tirico told the audience in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School during his acceptance speech.

“Nothing. That flies in the face of what I’m supposed to do, but I wanted this to be from the heart.”

Honoring Marty Glickman

Tirico, who graduated from Syracuse in 1988, is the fifth person to receive the award, joining Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Beth Mowins, and Sean McDonough. The award is named after Marty Glickman, an Olympian and 1939 alumnus who later became a trailblazer as a sports announcer. He is credited with being the person who started the long line of successful sports media professionals who attended Syracuse.

“It means a lot because of who Marty was and what he represent, and the standard he set.” Tirico said. “I came here because of Bob (Costas) and Marv (Albert). And they came here because of Marty.”

Albert, a Glickman protégé, said his mentor would be proud of Tirico.

“One of the things I admired about Marty was his ability to broadcast a variety of sports in any role,” Albert said in a pre-taped message shown during the ceremony. “I see those same qualities in Mike Tirico.”

Tirico’s Résumé

Tirico’s career has spanned more than 30 years, starting in Syracuse a rerporter and then sports director at WTVH-TV while serving as the play-by-play voice for SU football, basketball, lacrosse, and volleyball.  He then moved on to ESPN, where he spent the next 25 years in various roles, including the voice of Monday Night Football for nine seasons.  He also broadcaste events such as The Open, The Masters, FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, and tennis’ U.S. Open.

In July 2016, he made the move to NBC Sports Group, where he is now the voice of Notre Dame Football and NBC’s broadcasts of Thursday Night Football and the on-site host forFootball Night in America and Sunday Night Football.  In 2018, he will become the primetime host for the Olympics, a position previously held by Costas, starting with the winter games held in PyeongChang, South Korea.  After such a long stint with ESPN, Tirico said he didn’t know what to expect from the transition to a new company.

“Whenever you’re someplace for a long time, people respect you professionally, but they don’t know you personally,” Tirico said. “These guys and gals have opened up their family to me and made me feel like I’ve been there forever.”

A Friendship Comes Full Circle

McDonough, last year’s recipient, presented the award.  He took over the play-by-play duties for Monday Night Football when Tirico left for NBC.  He kept McDonough informed on his possible move to a new company, hinting that it could lead to a promotion for McDonough.

“He said, ‘I think if I leave and go to NBC, they’re going to give you Monday Night Football,'” McDonough said during his presentation speech. “I said, ‘Well if that’s the case, as your friend, you absolutely must go.'”

Moving seemed to be a theme in the pair’s friendship. Right after graduating in May 1984, McDonough took his first job in Boston.  The staff at WAER, the university-licensed radio station where McDonough worked during his time at Syracuse, decided to help him move to his new apartment.  Part of the moving crew: Mike Tirico, a freshman who started in September 1984.

“I never met the guy,” Tirico recalled. “When you’ve helped somebody move their couch out of their college apartment to go someplace else, then you know it’s a good start to a friendship.”

Reunion for Monday Night Football Announcers

Tuesday night’s ceremony also marked the first time that all three of Tirico, McDonough, and Mowins had been together since Mowins became the first female to announce Monday Night Football.  When she learned the news she would be on the call for the second game of ESPN’s doubleheader, the first people she contacted were in Tirico and McDonough.

“They were together on the golf course with Al Michaels,” Mowins said. “So they told me, ‘Oh there’s no pressure. There’s no big shoes to fill.'”

Their advice to Mowins was simple: “Be yourself.” The fact that three Newhouse graduates were following each other in the booth was something all three took seriously.

“We realize we are ambassadors for the University in some fashion when we’re out there,” McDonough said. “It’s a responsibility we cherish and take very seriously.”

The Tirico-Mowins Connection

Tirico called Mowins the “premier glass-ceiling breaker in this business of all-time.” However, it was an indirect tie that Tirico said will always leave him indebted to Mowins.

“Beth’s scholarship to play basketball at Syracuse was probably taken by my wife,” Tirico said. “If not for Beth going to Lafayette, I never would have met my wife.”

Perhaps the unknown sacrifice came to provide Mowins with good karma later on. Before Mowins went to work for ESPN, she interned at WTVH-TV whileTirico was there. She remembered the experience helped her see how to prepare for broadcasts and how to work with others in the business.

“It was the basis of my knowledge and my jumping off point into the industry,” Mowins said.  “I got a glimpse at how the right way to do things were.”

Battle Leads Orange Men Over Iona

Battle Leads Orange Men Over Iona

November 15, 2017

Story and photos by Peyton Zeigler SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sophomore Tyus Battle led the Syracuse Orange to victory against the Iona Gaels 71-62 at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. He finished with a career-high 28 points along with five rebounds and three assists. “We got a lot of work to do,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sophomore Tyus Battle led the Syracuse Orange to victory against the Iona Gaels 71-62 at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. He finished with a career-high 28 points along with five rebounds and three assists.

“We got a lot of work to do,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They’re fighting. I see improvement.”

Coming off a season-opening win against Cornell, Syracuse (2-0) struggled against the matchup defense by Iona (0-2). Boeheim gave credit to Iona, who made the NCAA tournament last year.

“I think they’ve got a really good team,” he said. “They forced us into some turnovers that we can’t make.”

This win could shape the Orange as a tournament team, even though it was not projected as such in the preseason.

Career Night for Battle

Eleven of Battle’s career-high 28 points came in the last eight minutes of the game. His previous high was 23 against Virginia last season. This effort did not go unnoticed by his teammates.

“I feel like he can [get hot] any time he wants,” freshman forward Oshae Brissett said. “That’s someone that we want taking those last shots and giving us easy points on the board, because that’s what he can do.”

Battle said he felt more confident during the game. When Iona started to inch back within a few points, he just wanted to make something happen.

“I live for stuff like this,” Battle said. “Just trying to be aggressive and will the team to a win.”

He also mentioned the offensive rebounds made by Marek Dolezaj late in the game.

“It was just a good team effort all around. I think it was a good win for us.”


Three-point Shootout

The Gaels are known for being a three-point shooting team, and they didn’t stray from their usual game plan tonight. They shot 32 three-pointers and 31.3 percent led by junior guard Ricky McGill. McGill was 5 for 9.  He was the most productive in three-point range and finished with 21 points.

Syracuse shot 33.percent from beyond the arc. Junior Frank Howard, Battle and Brissett each finished with two threes.

What’s Ahead

Syracuse hosts Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Carrier Dome to begin the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Texas Southern (1-1) is coming off an overtime win at Washington State. The Tigers play Thursday at Ohio State.

Demon Deacons Blow Out Orange in Second Half

Demon Deacons Blow Out Orange in Second Half

November 14, 2017

Syracuse, N.Y. – Coming into Saturday, Syracuse had the best third down defense in the nation, allowing opponents to convert just 22 percent of their third downs. Saturday was a completely different story. Wake Forest amassed 734 yards of total offense and converted 50 percent of its third downs as the Demon Deacons hammered the Orange […]

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Syracuse, N.Y. – Coming into Saturday, Syracuse had the best third down defense in the nation, allowing opponents to convert just 22 percent of their third downs.

Saturday was a completely different story.

Wake Forest amassed 734 yards of total offense and converted 50 percent of its third downs as the Demon Deacons hammered the Orange in front of 38,539 fans in the Carrier Dome, 64-43. Syracuse surrendered 40 second half points, including 24 unanswered to end the game.

“We know that we have to do a lot better,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said at the postgame press conference. “Our effort needs to be a lot better than the way we played out there today.”

A New Quarterback for Syracuse

Zack Mahoney made his first start of the season at quarterback in place of Eric Dungey, who injured his foot in last week’s loss at Florida State.  Dungey finished the game against the Seminoles and was listed as questionable on the injury report.  He threw a few warm-up passes prior to the game and was fully dressed in the first half, but the decision to go with Mahoney was made at the last minute.

“I found out that I was starting 14 minutes before kickoff,” Mahoney told reporters after the game. “Preparation-wise nothing really changed for me.”

The graduate student quarterback finished the day with 384 passing yards and three touchdowns.  However, he threw two interceptions in crucial moments.  With nine minutes left in the game and Syracuse driving in Wake Forest territory, down 47-43, Mahoney was picked by Demon Deacons linebacker Jaboree Williams, who returned it 52 yards to the Syracuse 20. Wake scored five plays later to make it 54-43.

His second interception, again with Syracuse in opponent territory and down 57-43, with four minutes to go virtually ended the Orange’s hopes for a comeback.

“I thought Zack battled with his skill sets out there to the best of his abilities,” Babers said.

Whether Dungey will return next game is still up in the air.

“We want to make sure that he can defend himself,” Babers said. “We all want him to play, but he is somebody else’s son.”

Wolford Puts on a Show

Syracuse had a great deal of trouble trying to contain Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford.  The senior put on a balanced attack that left defenders guessing what the would do on run-pass options.  He finished the game with a video game-like stat line: 25-38, 363 yards passing, and 3 TDs, all of which were thrown to senior tight end Cam Serigne, who had a career day with seven receptions for 119 yards. Wolford also carried the ball 19 times, collecting 136 yards and scoring three more times.

“He was very decisive in doing things that he was doing,” Syracuse senior linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “Whether it was pulling the ball out and getting yards for himself or making good throws down the field, I just think he stepped his game up.”

His final touchdown run, a 29-yarder on fourth down, put the Demon Deacons up for good.  It is the first time the Jacksonville, Fla. native has thrown for over 300 yards while rushing for more than 100 in a game.

His performance reminded Babers of another quarterback’s stellar play against his defense.

“When’s the last time a quarterback has played like that against us?  Probably the guy we’re about to play next,” Babers said.

The guy they play next?  Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

First Half Momentum Unsustainable for Orange

Both offenses got off to hot starts in the first half.  Wake Forest scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions in the first quarter, with drives spanning 73, 80, and 75 yards.  Syracuse scored two touchdowns after each of the Demon Deacons’ first two to make it 14-14 before Wake Forest scored a third time in a row to make it 21-14.

Not to be outdone, Syracuse put 24 straight points on the board, including three touchdowns, to make the score 38-21.  Wake Forest added a field goal as the first half ended to make it a 38-24 Syracuse advantage at the break.

The two teams combined for 762 total yards in the first half.

Syracuse did not score another touchdown the rest of the way.  Mahoney completed just 11 of his 25 second half passes, and the offense sputtered down the stretch.

“Wake played a great second half,” Mahoney said. “They did a lot and they had a great scheme to not let us get as many big plays as we did in the first half.”

Backs Against the Wall

With the victory, Wake Forest moved to 6-4 on the year, securing bowl eligibility in consecutive seasons.

Meanwhile, Syracuse dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in ACC play.  Since the 27-24 upset of the second-ranked Clemson Tigers, the Orange has lost three straight games. With just two contests left in the season, the Orange must now win out to reach a bowl game for the first time since the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl.

“It’s do or die time,” Franklin said. “Moving forward to next week, we have a sense of urgency at an all-time high. We have to find a way to get a win.”

Murphy Writes Name in Record Books

Syracuse senior kicker Cole Murphy made two field goals against Wake Forest, the second placing his name atop the SU list of career field goals made with 58.  He’s already notched a career high in field goals made this season with 19.

Murphy has had issues with accuracy the past two weeks.  Against FSU, he missed two field goals, the second of which would have sent the game to overtime.  He also missed a pair of kicks against Wake Forest in Saturday’s contest.

A First Time For Everything

With just 1:08 remaining in the first quarter, Wolford hit Serigne for a 19-yard touchdown pass, making the score 41-40 in favor of Syracuse.  Most wrote it off as a newly tied game, but that’s why they attempt the extra point.

Kayton Samuels got a hand up and blocked Mike Weaver’s PAT attempt.  It was picked up by Syracuse cornerback Scoop Bradshaw, who proceeded to run it all the way back for a two-point conversion.  While there is no official yard distance attached to Bradshaw’s return, he picked the ball up at the 10-yard line and ran it back 90 yards.

Per Syracuse Athletics, the return is the first defensive PAT return for the Orange. It is an unorthodox way for Bradshaw to appear in the football program’s history books, but an honor he’ll take.

Military Appreciation Day
On Veterans Day weekend, the football program took time to pay tribute to those who have served and are serving the country.  During pregame ceremonies, those who committed to serve in a branch of the military took their respective oaths of enlistment.  Additionally, the Orange named Maj. General Walter E. Piatt and CSM Samuel J. Roark, who are stationed at Fort Drum, honorary captains.

After the first quarter, Mike Chemotti, a Syracuse University alum and former walk-on football player who served during World War II, was honored as the “Hometown Hero.”  He was joined by junior wide receiver Ben Brickman, a walk-on himself who served four years in the Marines and completed two tours in Afghanistan.

The Orange wore all gray uniforms in honor of Military Appreciation Day.  The team also wore helmets with a special decal on the sides of the 44 tomahawk logo in camouflage.

Up Next

The Orange travels
to Papa John’s Stadium next Saturday for a 3:30 game with the Louisville Cardinals.  The game will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Syracuse wraps up the regular season on November 25 when Boston College comes to the Carrier Dome.

Orange Men Use Strong Second Half to Take Care of Owls

Orange Men Use Strong Second Half to Take Care of Owls

November 7, 2017

Story by Jude Allume Photos by Dominique Patrick SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  The Syracuse Orange blew out the Southern Connecticut State University Owls despite a slow start, 84-59 at the Carrier Dome in its final exhibition game, Monday night at the Carrier Dome. It was the second straight blowout victory against a division II opponent for the Orange, but also the second […]

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Story by Jude Allume

Photos by Dominique Patrick

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  The Syracuse Orange blew out the Southern Connecticut State University Owls despite a slow start, 84-59 at the Carrier Dome in its final exhibition game, Monday night at the Carrier Dome.

It was the second straight blowout victory against a division II opponent for the Orange, but also the second straight game the offense was out of sync to start off, as the Orange trailed for the entire first half.



Owls Come Out Strong


Southern Connecticut came out the locker rooms with more energy to start the game, collecting five offensive rebounds and forcing three turnovers as they jumped out to an early 11-0 lead.

“It’s effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Sometimes with young guys they don’t understand the level of intensity that you have to play with. It takes a little while, we have to learn that pretty quickly.”

It wasn’t until more than four minutes had already gone by that the Orange scored its first points of the game, when Oshae Brissett gathered a missed three-pointer by Tyus Battle and laid it in for the bucket and a foul.

The Owls wouldn’t let up, however, as they built their lead to 15 points with the score at 27-12 and just over five minutes left to play in the first half.

Junior guard Isaiah McLeod led the way for the Owls, with 10 first-half points.

Defense Sets The Tone


With the offense failing to consistently score, Syracuse switched to its full court press defense hoping it would spark the offense as it did in the last game for the Orange.

“We couldn’t score,” Boeheim said. “So we might as well try and get a turnover, see if we can get something that way, that would help.”

While the defense was effective, it didn’t provide the spark on offense Syracuse was looking for. The Orange forced 20 turnovers on the night, but only converted them into ten points.

The Orange also blocked 11 shots for the game, led by freshman Bourama Sidibe with five.

A Tale of Two Halves


Syracuse didn’t do anything well in the first half and trailed the Owls in almost every statistical category, with Boeheim taking notice of rebounding in particular.

“We just didn’t make hustle plays.” Boeheim said. “We didn’t rebound and when that happens and you’re not working at this game, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”

In the second half, Syracuse came out a different team. The Orange built on the momentum at the end of the first when SU finished on a 9-0 run. The Orange started the second half on a 14-3 run to overtake the lead and never looked back as the rout was on.

Syracuse more than doubled its first half point total of 24, scoring 60 in the second half on a much in improved 57-percent shooting from the field.

Top Performers

It was a rough night shooting the ball for sophomore guard Tyus Battle. He shot just 26 percent from the field on 4 of 15 shooting.

“I was just missing shots,” Battle said. “I just gotta keep on shooting the ball, stop taking as many threes and start trying to take the ball to the basket and get to the foul line. The shots not gonna fall every night.”

Battle still led the Orange in scoring with 20 points thanks to a solid night at the free throw line where he went 10 for 10.

Junior guard Frank Howard finished second in scoring for the game with 19 points for the Orange.

Isaiah Mcleod paced the Owls with 18 points before fouling out.

The Season Begins

The Orange will kick off the regular season this Friday at the Carrier Dome against Cornell University at 7 p.m..

Jim Boeheim’ son Jimmy is expected to make his debut in the game starting at forward for Cornell.

The Owls’ next game will also be their season opener on Wednesday Nov.15 against the College of Saint Rose.

Syracuse Falls Short in Tallahassee Thriller

Syracuse Falls Short in Tallahassee Thriller

November 5, 2017

Story By Jonathan Singh  Photos By Tommy Farrell    Tallahassee, Fla. –  In a game that came down to the final seconds of regulation, the Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3 ACC) fell short once again on the road. Cole Murphy’s 43-yard, game tying field goal attempt, with six seconds left, was wide left. The Florida State Seminoles (3-5, […]

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Photos By Tommy Farrell 

 

Tallahassee, Fla. –  In a game that came down to the final seconds of regulation, the Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3 ACC) fell short once again on the road. Cole Murphy’s 43-yard, game tying field goal attempt, with six seconds left, was wide left.

The Florida State Seminoles (3-5, 3-4 ACC) picked up a much needed win over the Orange. Dino Babers and company, continue winless on the road in a season where the ‘Cuse hasn’t been able to pick up a victory outside of the “Loud House.” 

Dungey Down, Seminoles Strike 

Eric Dungey was the story of the first quarter for the Orange. The junior lasted one drive as it was capped off by a Derwin James interception.

This was the start the struggling Seminoles were looking for. Dungey did not return for the rest of the quarter as he walked his way into the Syracuse locker room under his own power, limping on his right foot.

Senior Zach Mahoney would step in under center for the remainder of the quarter until Dungey returned from the locker room.

“I am not going to talk about the injury but he did a fantastic job on coming back and battling. Obviously he wasn’t 100 percent but he was out there giving us his arm and giving him his leadership, and giving us his decisions making skills. He did a fantastic job.” Babers said.

Across the field it would be Florida State’s James Blackman finding Nyqwan Murray for a 51-yard strike into the end zone, giving the Seminoles an early 7-0 lead following a Ricky Aguayo extra point.

The FSU defense would take advantage of Mahoney the next two possessions, harassing him in the pocket, keeping the Orange off the scoreboard for the remainder of the quarter.

 

Akers Adds a Couple, Orange Respond

Cam Akers tailed for two scores for the Seminoles in the second quarter. A 54-yard touchdown run with 13:38 remaining in the first half was the longest of the freshman’s career, until he broke off a 63-yard run later in the second quarter.

“I think good backs, you’ve got to tackle them. I think one good run Peanut Butter (Parris Bennett) missed a tackle. Good runners make tacklers miss, and they got big plays. I think we did a better job of tackling in the second half.” Babers said.

Akers finished the half with 159 yards on the ground.

Syracuse would rally back off the limping foot of Dungey. A 47-yard strike to Jamal Custis would cut the score in half. A few possessions later, Dungey fired a 34-yard pass to Steve Ishmael to send the Orange into the locker room trailing 21-14.

 

Kickers Duel 

The scoring in the third quarter would come off the legs of Cole Murphy and Ricky Aguayo. Murphy made it a four-point game with a field goal from 42-yards out cutting the lead to 21-17.

On the other end Aguayo nailed a crucial field goal from 49-yards to conclude the second half padding the Seminoles lead to 24-17.

 

A Late Rally Ends Wide Left

In a quarter filled with strong defense for both teams, it would be the final three minutes of the contest that had the fans on the edge of their seats.

Dungey rallied the Orange to a 14-play 75-yard drive, which resulted in a 3-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone, cutting the score to 27-24.

Babers elected to onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. The choppy kick was recovered by Derwin James, setting the Seminoles up with great field position at midfield. Syracuse’s defense would come up strong and force a punt later that drive.

“I said wait a minute, let’s see if we can get them with an onside kick. I know the percentages are low.” Babers said.

Dungey and the offense took the field with 1:23 remaining in the game with the ball at their own 18-yard line. After a couple of quick strikes to Steve Ishmael, Syracuse was able to drive down field spotting the ball at the Seminole 25-yard line. It would be the final six seconds remaining in regulation that would set up a Cole Murphy potential game tying kick.

The snap was good, the hold was great and the kick was wide. Murphy shanked the kick wide left from 43-yards out as Florida State stormed the field with the joy of victory. The Orange remained on the sidelines after coming up short yet again on the road.

 

Back To The Dome 

Syracuse heads home to host Wake Forest November 11th as they look to make a push for a Bowl Game. The Orange need to win two of their next three games if they want to find themselves playing in the post season.

The schedule does not get easier for Dino Babers and the Orange as they then head down to Louisville to take on Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals.

The final regular season game will conclude when Boston College comes to the Dome, in a game which can potentially determine their season.

 

Orange Ease Past Southern New Hampshire

Orange Ease Past Southern New Hampshire

November 5, 2017

Story by Peter Benson Photos by Ivan Traczuk   SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse men’s basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night, with an easy 84-54 victory against Southern New Hampshire. The visiting Penmen came out strong, but after the Orange shook off some early-season rust, they never looked back. Head […]

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Story by Peter Benson

Photos by Ivan Traczuk

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse men’s basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night, with an easy 84-54 victory against Southern New Hampshire.

The visiting Penmen came out strong, but after the Orange shook off some early-season rust, they never looked back. Head Coach Jim Boeheim was pleased with the effort in the first outing of the year. “Overall, it was a good first step,” Boeheim said.

Inside Out

Everything worked inside out. Center Paschal Chukwu and forward Bourama Sidibe rotated as rim protector at the five spot, and their presence forced Southern New Hampshire to take outside shots.

With the Penmen out on the perimeter, Syracuse’s depth at the guard spot proved too much. The majority of minutes went to starters Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, the two guards stopping the players opposite them, Chris Walters and Charlie Russo.

Any time Southern New Hampshire did venture inside, they found the rim protection lurking. Syracuse recorded an astonishing 16 blocks with Chukwu and Sidibe grabbing six each.

“It’s something we work on in practice,” Chukwu said.

“We hadn’t blocked that many shots in a long time,” Boeheim added. “These two guys are pretty good shot blockers.”

 

Local Boy

Southern New Hampshire’s Charlie Russo had a disappointing performance. The Syracuse local shot just 1-10 before hitting three straight in the final three minutes.

Russo interned in the Syracuse basketball office and was an integral reason the two teams organized an exhibition game against each other.

 

Offensive Movement

Early in the first half, most of the offense went through Battle. As Syracuse was shaking off the offseason rust, the sophomore helped ignite the offense with an early surge of 11 points in the first 10 minutes.

It didn’t take long for the Orange to begin to move the ball on offense, getting other players involved. Oshae Brissett finished with 17 points and 11 boards while Frank Howard, Howard Washington and Bourama Sidibe all finished with double digit points.

 

Exhibition Game

Syracuse returned only one starter this season — Battle — and will be forced to navigate the ACC with a roster that hasn’t played a lot of minutes together.  Exhibition games are important to the players trying to get a feel for each other ahead of the regular season.

“With these guys, it makes a big difference,” Boeheim said.

In a game where there was very little in the way of flashiness — a Tyus Battle dunk early in the first half and the blocks — coach was still happy to get the win.

“I think there were a lot of positives,” Boeheim said. “This was a good first effort.”

 

Up Next

The Orange have another exhibition against Southern Connecticut State on Monday, Nov. 6 before their regular season tips off against Cornell on Friday, Nov.10 at the Carrier Dome.

 

Hurricanes Hold Off Orange in Miami

Hurricanes Hold Off Orange in Miami

October 23, 2017

Story by Monica Ortiz Photos by Peyton Zeigler Miami Gardens, Fla. —  Despite a late game surge, Syracuse fell to No. 8  Miami Hurricanes on a sloppy field at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. After beating the defending national champion Clemson Tigers eight days earlier Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) faced another top-ten opponent; this time on the […]

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Story by Monica Ortiz

Photos by Peyton Zeigler

Miami Gardens, Fla. —  Despite a late game surge, Syracuse fell to No. 8  Miami Hurricanes on a sloppy field at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday.
After beating the defending national champion Clemson Tigers eight days earlier Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) faced another top-ten opponent; this time on the road and came up just short, losing 27-19.
The SU defense and place kicker Cole Murphy kept Syracuse in the game as Orange quarterback Eric Dungey threw four interceptions and was consistently pummeled by the Miami defense.
“The defense played a great game; offensively we have to help them out,” Dungey said. “But Miami is a great team. Bruises will heal but I just want to win.”
 
The Difference 

The Orange offense struggled to keep the ball in the first half. In addition to Dungey’s four interceptions Miami forced two punts.  Dungey kept it from potentially becoming worse as, after the first  interception he ripped the ball away from the Miami defender Demetrius Johnson, allowing Syracuse to keep the ball with a new set of downs. But that ended in a punt and Miami drove from its own 25-yard line to the Syracuse one before the Orange defense stuffed the Hurricanes, forcing them to take a chip shot field goal and a 3-0 lead.

That’s how it stood as the first quarter ended but Miami (6-0, 4-0 ACC) was driving and finished it off with a 10-yard pass from Malik Rosier, Jr. to tight end Chris Herndon and a 10-0 lead.

Dungey was picked off again and while the defense held Miami to a 39-yard field goal with 10:41 left in the second quarter Miami was up 13-0.

Syracuse drove but when Steve Ishmael was injured as he tried unsuccessfully to hold onto a pass in the end zone, the Orange turned to Murphy, who delivered a 22-yard field goal giving Syracuse a glimpse of hope, trailing 13-3 at the half.

Third quarter

Syracuse stopped Miami’s opening possession and drove to the Hurricanes’ 22-yard line, but passes to Irv Phillips and Steve Ishamel went incomplete and on fourth and five Murphy hit a 40-yard field goal, making it 13-6.

After an exchange of punts, the ‘Canes struck again after Braxton Berrios returned Sterling Hofrichter punt to the UM 47. Two-plays later, Rosier hit Jeff Thomas for a 48-yard touchdown and after the extra point Miami led 20-6.

Syracuse responded with its only touchdown with a six-play, 65-yard drive featuring runs by Dungey of 28 and 14 yards, and capped by a 15-yard burst by Moe Neal into the end zone. Murphy’s kick was good and it was 20-13 in favor of Miami. Twice in the game Dungey tried to hurdle would-be tacklers, crashing into them full-bore.

 

Fourth quarter: a one-point game

The Syracuse defense stopped Miami and the Orange drove for another Murphy field goal, this one from 45 yards. Miami led 20-16.

The Miami drive stalled after two first downs and Syracuse got the ball back and drove again.

This time the ‘Canes stopped the Orange at the UM 35 and Murphy came back on to the muddy, sloppy field again, this time to try one from 53 yards out.

And hit.

 

And then

 Miami immediately answered with a touchdown on a nine-play, 85-yard drive, but it was still a one-possession game at 27-19.

On the next drive for the Orange, Dungey connected to Devin Butler for 22 yards, giving Syracuse a first down. But on the last SU series, a fourth-down pass to Irv Phillips along the right sideline was ruled incomplete and was short of the first down marker anyway. That put Miami in victory formation to run out the clock.

“We found another way to make it really exciting,” said Miami head coach Mark Richt, whose team stayed unbeaten after a third consecutive close game. “Part of the reason was Syracuse is a really good football team. We’ve seen what they can do, especially last week with Clemson, but everybody that’s played them this year has been just talking about them and how much harder they’re playing now and with a purpose now.

“Not that they didn’t last year, but they’re a better team from what people say, from a year ago. It’s a tribute to what Coach [Dino] Babers is doing over there.”

“Obviously, [they are] a fabulous football team,” Babers said of the Hurricanes. “We had our difficulties shaking some people off in man‐to‐man coverage. Four turnovers in the first half, giving them great field position and putting our defense in a bad situation. Came back and played a better second half of football, but when you’re playing a team like this you got to score touchdowns, not kick field goals if you’re going to beat a team that’s ranked in the top 10.”

Orange Defense

Despite four turnovers by the Orange’s offense the defense held the Hurricanes to 27 points, only allowing Miami to score a touchdown off one of those turnovers.
“I think the defense played well,” said senior linebacker Paris Bennett, who had ten tackles for Syracuse. “We have a lot to improve on, but four turnovers and holding them to only 27, that’s big,”
What impressed Bennett was Cole Murphy.

“That’s my guy. I’ve never doubted Cole. I always felt he was a great kicker. They were big and they were outside. I was counting on him. We were all counting on him to capitalize.”

Making the field goals count

Murphy connected on four out of four field goals tries, 22 yards being the shortest. The next three were more than 40 yards, with the longest at 53 in the fourth  quarter, putting Syracuse within a point of Miami. Overall Murphy made 12 out of the 19 points for Syracuse.

What’s next

Syracuse has a bye week coming up, but the Orange will face Florida State (2-4, 2-3 ACC) in Tallahassee on Nov. 4. Syracuse is now third in the ACC Atlantic behind Clemson and N.C. State with a league record of 2-2.

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Sports Matters 2017

February 22, 2017

Sports Matters (Panel 1)

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The Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted Sports Matters, a daylong symposium examining current issues in sports media, on Feb. 22, 2017, on campus. Participants in this panel included: Jason Dumas ’11, sports director, WHAG-TV, Hagerstown, Maryland; Patti Kleinman-Fallick ’78, senior director, broadcast operations, United States Tennis Association; Erika Wachter ’12, sports reporter, Fox 5 New York; and John Wildhack ’80, director of Athletics, Syracuse University. Simon Perez, assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at the Newhouse School, was moderator.

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Sports Matters (Panel 2)

Sports Matters (Panel 2)

The Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted Sports Matters, a daylong symposium examining current issues in sports media, on Feb. 22, 2017, on campus. Participants in this panel included: Ahmed Fareed ’02, sports anchor, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area; Dale Hansen, sports director, WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth; Karl Ravech, host, ESPN, William C. Rhoden, retired columnist, The New York Times; and Claire Smith, coordinating editor, Universal News Group, ESPN. Joel Kaplan, associate dean for professional graduate studies at the Newhouse School, was moderator.

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Sports Matters (Panel 3)

Sports Matters (Panel 3)

The Newhouse Sports Media Center hosted Sports Matters, a daylong symposium examining current issues in sports media, on Feb. 22, 2017, on campus. Participants in this panel included: Cary Chow, host/anchor/reporter, ESPN and ESPN.com; Kimberley A. Martin G’06, New York Jets beat writer, Newsday; Dave McMenamin ’05, Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer, ESPN.com; and Sarina Morales ’08, morning host, “SportsCenter,” ESPN. Anne Osborne, associate professor of communications at the Newhouse School, was moderator.

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ESPN’s Sean McDonough ’84 – Voice of Monday Night Football

November 29, 2016

Sean McDonough '84 - Nov. 29, 2016

Sean McDonough '84 - Nov. 29, 2016

ESPN play-by-play commentator Sean McDonough ’84 spoke at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University Nov. 29, 2016, as a guest of the Newhouse Sports Media Center. McDonough, a Newhouse alumnus, was named the voice of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” in 2016.

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Coach Jim Boeheim on Sports Media

September 29, 2016

Newhouse Sports Media Center Hosts Jim Boeheim

Newhouse Sports Media Center Hosts Jim Boeheim

Newhouse Sports Media Center hosts legendary coach Jim Boeheim - Thursday, September 29, 2016

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