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Orange Men Do It Again – OT Win Over Duke

Orange Men Do It Again – OT Win Over Duke

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By Andrew Leffler 

Photos by Ashley Moore


SYRACUSE,  N.Y. — 
It wasn’t Batman dancing “with the devil in the pale moonlight,” but Orange men dancing with the Blue Devils on an early Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.

 

It was not basketball, but lacrosse and 11th-ranked Duke seeking to be the Joker and upset 5th-ranked Syracuse. But in the same building where the Orange basketball team had upset favored Duke just over a month earlier, the Blue Devils fell just  short of returning the favor, losing in overtime 12-11.

 

The win puts Syracuse’s streak to four and marks its sixth straight game decided by one goal.

 

“Another W for us in overtime,” head coach  John Desko said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to draw from our experiences to help us in these situations.”

 

Devils Came Ready To Battle 


Duke dominated the first half statistically but led just 6-5 at the break.


Leading scorer Jack Bruckner had two of his four goals in the first half (29 goals this season) and finished the game with five points, adding an assist in the mix. Rowe was 11 of 13 in face-offs heading into halftime. Duke had two more shots on goal (19) than Syracuse (17), and picked up 13 ground balls and keep Syracuse to under 10 ground balls (9).

 

“Congrats to Duke,” Desko said in his postgame press conference. “I thought they played a hell of a game and they really came ready for play at the Carrier Dome.

 

 A freshman finishes it

 

Syracuse shut out the Blue Devils in the third period and took an 8-6 lead, only to see the Blue Devils go on a 5-1 run in the fourth and grab an 11-9 lead.

 

Brandon Bomberry cut the Duke lead to one and then Nick Mariano’s 15th goal of the season tied it with 1:26 to go in regulation.

 

The 7,309 fans in attendance were roaring as Duke had the final possession, but did not score resulting in  sudden death overtime.

 

Duke face-off specialist, Kyle Rowe, who won 16 of 26 face-offs, gave Duke the early possession in overtime, but a quick turnover in Duke territory allowed Syracuse to capitalize. Freshman Jamie Trimboli ripped the shot into the net, giving Syracuse the win.

 

Battle at the X

 

“Rowe was tremendous today,” Desko said. “He really does a great job getting the ball out to himself. I don’t know how many ground balls he had, but I’m sure it was a bunch, and that’s what makes him so dangerous.”

 

Syracuse face-off specialist Ben Williams has been regarded as one of the best in the country, and Duke’s Rowe was able to shut him down the majority of the game.

 

“Going up against him, he’s a fantastic athlete,” Rowe said. “He’s much more than just a ‘face-off guy,’ so you have to prepare for that aspect and know it’s going to be a fight. Other than that, it comes down to wing play, boxing out, and fighting for ground balls. To beat him, it takes a team effort.”

 

Even though Duke finished the game with five more ground balls than Syracuse (25-20), and a dominant face-off performance, it wasn’t enough to maintain the two goal lead in the closing minutes of the fourth period.

 

Saving and scoring


Both goalies made six saves.

 

Syracuse’s Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido both finished the game with four points. Mariano scored three goals and dished out an assist, and Salcido scored two goals and handed out two assists.

 

Mariano has 10 career points against Duke.

 

“It’s like any game,” he said afterwards. “You try to play every game like it’s your last, like you’ll never play again, but we stepped up when we needed to. Duke is always a good team to play against, they’re well coached, and I just think we were able to come out on top today.”

 

Even in almost every way

 

After four periods of play, and a minute of overtime, Duke and Syracuse each had 33 shots on goal, but it was that one shot in overtime that was the difference maker.

 

Overtime began with a Rowe face-off win, nothing new during the course of the game, but it was that critical turnover on Duke’s side of the field that set up Trimboli.

 

“I guess the pass was for Nick,” he admitted, with Mariano seated to his right. “But I caught it, and I rolled, and the guy fell over my shoulder, saw open space, and kinda shot the ball as a hard as I could.”

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Irish on tap


Besides the win against Duke extending Syracuse’s win streak to four, it was also the fourth straight win decided by one goal, and the fifth of the season. SU’s only loss also game by one goal to Army. The Orange are now 6-1, and will head to South Bend to face second-ranked Notre Dame April 1, while the Orange women will play Notre Dame Sunday at noon in the Carrier Dome.

Cardinals Down Orange Softball in SU Home Opener

Cardinals Down Orange Softball in SU Home Opener

Story and photos by Aubrie Tolliver SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Cardinals’ junior catcher Jenna Jordan knocked in a career-high five runs on two hits as the University of Louisville softball team beat Syracuse University 7-4 Friday afternoon in an ACC matchup. The Cards improved their season record to 19-8 and remain a perfect 4-0 against ACC opponents. […]

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Story and photos by Aubrie Tolliver

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Cardinals’ junior catcher Jenna Jordan knocked in a career-high five runs on two hits as the University of Louisville softball team beat Syracuse University 7-4 Friday afternoon in an ACC matchup.

The Cards improved their season record to 19-8 and remain a perfect 4-0 against ACC opponents. Syracuse falls to 17-10 overall and is 3-4 in conference games.

Due to unplayable conditions at Syracuse’s Skytop Softball Stadium, the Orange played its 2017 home opener Friday at the softball complex at Onondaga Community College.The game was delayed due to weather conditions and the second game of the scheduled doubleheader cancelled.

Pitchers duel early

With the game time temperature 41 degrees, a muddy infield and snow on the ground just outside the fences, Syracuse freshman pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti started on the mound for S.U., facing off against a Louisville team that had won six of its last seven games.

The only loss in that span occurred just two days ago, when the Cardinal offense was no hit in five innings by the University of Wisconsin’s ace, Kaitlyn Menz. The team remained hitless through the first four innings of Friday’s game.

“They might have been a little tight from the Wisconsin game because that was something that had not happened to us in a very long time, to be no hit,” UL head coach Sandy Pearsall said.  “So, I think our team was feeling a little tight when we first started off but they just needed to find their groove.”

The Cardinals’ starting hurler, Maryssa Becker, struggled early on, allowing a double and two walks to Syracuse in the first inning. However, an inning-ending double play preserved the 0-0 score.

But, sophomore second baseman Alicia Hansen broke the scoreless tie for Syracuse in the bottom of the third with an RBI single up the middle. It was 1-0 Syracuse at the end of the inning.

Cards break out


In the top of the fifth, the Cardinals managed to load up the bases with just one out.  Sydney O’Hara, a senior utility player for S.U., took the mound in place of Gatti, inheriting the runners. Just two pitches in, Jordan served up a bases-clearing double. With one swing of the bat the score was flopped, 3-1 in favor of the Cards.

Jessica Heese, a junior outfielder, had a chance to put Syracuse back ahead in the bottom of the inning. With two runners on, Heese smacked a deep fly ball to the warning track, but the ball found the glove of center fielder Nicole Pufahl. One batter later the inning was over.

In the top of the seventh, Jordan entered the box, once again, with the bases loaded—this time with two outs. Head Coach Mike Bosch elected to go back to his starter, Gatti, to take care of the batter. But when Jordan’s at bat was over, two more runs had been plated, with an RBI single that narrowly went past the outstretched arm of Orange shortstop Sammy Fernandez.

Louisville tacked on two more before Syracuse got the final out.

Orange rally falls short

The Syracuse offense retaliated in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on a couple of Cardinal errors. The Orange plated three runs, all with two outs.

“We are a team that will always fight,” O’Hara said. “No matter what the score is, we could be down ten. We are going to fight. We are not going to lose by more than four runs.”

But, that rally only cut the deficit in half. It was 7-4 Cardinals when the final out was made.

Gatti was charged with her fourth loss of the season, dropping her record to 5-4. Becker boosted her record to 14-5 and, since only one of the four runs scored was earned, lowered her earned run average to 1.81.

Jordan finished the game 2-3 with five runs batted in. She had just five RBI on the season prior to the game. Hansen finished the game with three hits, as well, in four at bats. She had two RBI on the day.

Pearsall, who blamed herself for the team’s loss to Wisconsin in a post-game interview, commended her players for their resilience.

“I thought that our team was already upbeat coming in here. They were ready to go and ready to play.”

One more game

Saturday, the two teams are scheduled to play the final game of the series, once again, at the O.C.C. softball complex.

Head coach Mike Bosch said he will give the Louisville offense a different look by starting left-handed pitcher Alexa Romero, a freshman sporting a 6-3 record with a 2.62 ERA in her first collegiate season.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Getting the Bad News: What it was Like for SU Sports Media on Selection Sunday

Getting the Bad News: What it was Like for SU Sports Media on Selection Sunday

Video report package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHfYSyUqqQs&feature=youtu.be Story, photos, audio and video by Jon Cerio SYRACUSE, N.Y. – When you walk into the Carmelo K. Anthony Center on the Syracuse University campus, you can’t help getting caught up in the nostalgia. Among the banners, trophies and tributes, The Orange, or Orangemen at the time’s, historic 2003 championship game normally plays […]

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Video report packagehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHfYSyUqqQs&feature=youtu.be

Story, photos, audio and video by Jon Cerio

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – When you walk into the Carmelo K. Anthony Center on the Syracuse University campus, you can’t help getting caught up in the nostalgia. Among the banners, trophies and tributes, The Orange, or Orangemen at the time’s, historic 2003 championship game normally plays on repeat.

You can see a more youthful Jim Boeheim, a lights out performance from deep from current Orange assistant coach, then freshman Gerry McNamara.  You can watch his fellow freshman on the team, and current NBA all-star, Carmelo Anthony dominate on the block. You can also see “the block,” as lanky junior forward Hakim Warrick extended from seemingly nowhere to save the game – and Syracuse’s only national title.

On Selection Sunday, Men’s Basketball Sports Information Director Pete Moore switched the mode on that monitor from past to present.

Eyes on the Prize
All eyes were on one small screen encased in glass, awaiting the word on Syracuse’s future. Reporters would watch the NCAA selection show together, then get head coach Jim Boeheim’s reaction at a podium barely 50 feet away.
Would the 18-14 team that began the season in the Top Twenty, beat Duke, Virginia and Florida State but got clobbered by woeful St. John’s and Boston College get a bid?

CNY Central Sports Director Niko Tamurian was there, along with News Channel 9 sports reporter Mario Sacco.  Spectrum News’ Gabrielle Lucivero was doing live shots on what to expect. Ted Goldberg was there too.

Post- Standard and Syracuse.com beat reporters Mike Waters and Donna Ditota pulled up their chairs for a front row seat at the small screen.

Student media reporters including Kevin Ryans, Noah Eagle, Paul Schwedelson, Connor Grossman and Andrew Carter, were there representing Citrus TV, WAER, The Daily Orange and more.

Regardless of the station, paper, or website they represented – whether covering the team for 20 years or 20 weeks – everyone had something in common – nervous energy.

Selective Objectivity

Some may not have wanted to admit it.  After all, they work in a profession centered on objectivity.  But it was apparent that objectivity often only really matters when you’re officially reporting.  The before and after part is fair game for fandom.

“It’s your job, you have to stay neutral,” Tamurian said.  “In your heart you want them to win.”

The East Syracuse native is an unabashed fan of SU athletics, as was evident during the selection process.  He would grimace when an at-large spot went to another team, nervously rubbing his face or biting his nails, looking to colleagues for support.

Student reporters were on edge as well.  There was a lot of nervous laughter from some, fidgeting from others.

“I’ve been here, rooting for Syracuse basketball since my freshman year,” SU senior and Citrus TV reporter Kevin Ryans said.  “Obviously with the media, you want to cool it off with the fan thing.”

Bubbles Burst

As each region was announced, the room got quieter, until it reached a breaking point.

When the final spots were revealed, and Syracuse’s name wasn’t on any line, a collective sigh filled the hallway.  Someone let out an “Ouch!”

Ditota summed it up in two words:

“That’s it,” she said.

Video interviews and Boeheim press conference:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9thp5P4sWb4&feature=youtu.be

 

Not-So Mellow Center

The mood at the ‘Melo’ Center turned from hopeful to somber rather quickly.  Reporters solemnly carried their chairs back up near the podium to prepare for a surely more despondent head coach.

There wasn’t much conversing – mostly cameras getting a final once-over, last-minute microphone checks at the podium, bracket distribution, and laptops powering on.  It wasn’t long before the main event began.


Melo Drama

Boeheim entered through the glass doors, stoic and silent.  Reporters rushed to place their audio recorders on the podium as he stepped up.

“Obviously it’s disappointing,” the coach said.  “Especially for our seniors, our two fifth-year seniors who came here, who wanted obviously to make the tournament.”

Reporters didn’t ask many questions – they already seemed to know most of the answers.  The press conference lasted all of five minutes, and mainly consisted of Boeheim listing his team’s accomplishments, admitting its shortcomings, and relaying his players’ disappointment.

Much of the time was taken up by awkward silences. The coach’s final answer summed it up well.

“Everybody’s disappointed,” Boeheim said with a sigh.  “It’s what you would expect.  Nobody’s happy.”

After about 15 seconds more of silence, Moore asked if there were any more questions.

No one spoke up.

“OK, “Boeheim said and left as quickly and quietly as he had come in.

“Thank you,” Moore said. And that was that.

Audio interviews & Boeheim press conferencehttps://soundcloud.com/user-857188699/full-interviews-audio-kevin-ryans-niko-tamurian-matt-park-jim-boeheim-press-conference

 

“That’s a Wrap”

Video cameras were taken down after a few cracks at wrap ups were recorded.  Cables were coiled, laptops zipped up.  One by one, the reporters left, for the most part without much said.

There would be no out-of town trips to cover this team unless it made it to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four.

“Certainly people around here are going to be disappointed with that choice,” ‘Voice of the Orange’ Matt Park said.  The men’s basketball and football play-by-play man probably had made an understatement. And he wasn’t just talking about fans.
After most had left the building, Citrus TV’s Andrew Carter, decided to make the most of the situation.  He switched hats from journalist to fan again, and filled out his NCAA tournament bracket.

“I’ve got Louisville winning the national championship,” Carter said.

Back on that small TV screen Syracuse’s 2003 Championship Game was soon playing once again.

Hit or Miss Season for Syracuse Ends with Ole Miss, 85-80

Hit or Miss Season for Syracuse Ends with Ole Miss, 85-80

Story and photos by Jon Cerio SYRACUSE, N.Y. — An up-and-down season for Syracuse basketball ended on another down note Saturday in the Carrier Dome, as the University of Mississippi upended the top-seeded Orange in the second round of the NIT, 85-80.  In a constant for Syracuse this season, the defense was picked apart by sharp […]

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Story and photos by Jon Cerio

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — 
An up-and-down season for Syracuse basketball ended on another down note Saturday in the Carrier Dome, as the University of Mississippi upended the top-seeded Orange in the second round of the NIT, 85-80.  In a constant for Syracuse this season, the defense was picked apart by sharp shooting opponents on the perimeter.

“This game is really a microcosm of our season,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “We fight hard, we battle. When our shots aren’t going, we aren’t able to stop the other team’s shooters.

The 9,556 in attendance saw Syracuse end the year one win shy of Boeheim’s 37th 20-win season.

Center of Attention

The Orange started the game much the way it has all season – with Taurean Thompson.  The freshman center gave SU the early 2-0 lead with one of his eight field goals in only eleven attempts.  He had 18 points in the game, tied for a team-high with Andrew White.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a freshman center that was that good right away, not once,” Boeheim said.  “He’s a very creative offensive player and defensively in the second half tonight, he was much better.”

 

Achilles Neal

Syracuse held a narrow margin for the first 4:22 on baskets from Thompson, Tyler Lydon and John Gillon.  At 15:38, Rasheed Brooks nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 10.  It was Brooks’ only field goal of the game, but just the beginning of the Rebels’ onslaught from deep.

Tyler Roberson and Deandre Burnett traded baskets, before Neal Cullen sank the second of 15 threes for Ole Miss on the day.  The Rebels nursed the lead for the better part of four minutes, until Lydon scored inside., making it 18-17 Orange.

“They shot 15-for-32, and they’re good shooters, but nobody’s that good,” Boeheim said.  “We have to get up and make them change the shot. We didn’t do that.”

 

Forwards and Backwards

In what may end up being Lydon’s last game in an Orange uniform, he put up a strong performance, particulary in the first half.   At the intermission, the forward had ten points and seven boards, winding up with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The teams went back and forth, with four ties and three lead changes after the Lydon make, until the 6:30 mark at 25-25.

 

Game of Runs

From there the Orange went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:52.  Frank Howard put up four points in the stretch, and Lydon added a three and a baseline jam to get the fans pumped up.

Terrence Davis broke the run for the Rebels with a layup.  He converted on 5-8 field goals and eleven points in the first half, then exploded in the second.

With 1:04 left on the clock in the first, Syracuse had a 38-30 lead.  Then Deandre Burnett happened.  He drained back-to-back threes, one at the buzzer, to cut the lead to 38-36 at the half.

It was a sloppy first 20 minutes of action, with six Ole Miss turnovers, and four for Syracuse.  On the whole, there were six ties and six lead changes in the opening stanza.

After 40 and 34 point outings for Andrew White in his last two games, he had five points at halftime – all from the free throw line.

 

Can’t Miss

The Rebels picked up where they left off at the close of the first half.  Davis and Burnett hit consecutive triples for Ole Miss, forcing an Orange timeout.  It was 42-38 Rebels after less than two minutes of play in the second half.

Davis hit another one from deep, giving him 17 points at that point.  He finished an impressive 11-14 from the field, with 30 points.

SU answered with a 6-0 run of its own, including a Thompson jumper, and layups from Battle and White.  It was 45-44 Rebels with 15:34 to play.

After a Sebastian Saiz layup put Ole Miss up by three, Tyus Battle came back down the court and tied things up from downtown.  19 seconds later, Cullen Neal answered in kind with a three, one of his three makes from deep.

Ole Miss worked its lead up to five, not allowing the Orange to creep back within more than three points.  That is, until Tyus Battle went baseline with a monster jam, making it 54-53.

 

Answering the Call

Seemingly with every big make for the Orange, the Rebels answered immediately from deep.

After the Battle slam, Davis drained another three.  After a big Thompson basket inside, it was Davis with another three.  It was 61-55 with 9:58 remaining.

Battle answered with five straight points, cutting the lead to a single point.  Right on cue, Davis hit again from deep.  Battle returned fire with a three of his own – which was answered with a Burnett inside score.

 

White on Time

Ole Miss held onto the lead until the 4:14 mark, in the middle of Andrew White’s hot streak.  He drained three from behind-the-arc, his second tying the game at 71.

Again, the Rebels answered from deep with Cullen Neal.  White’s third three in a row tied things back up at 74 with 3:40 remaining.

“The threes that Andrew hit at the end were tougher than the ones he had missed, for the most part,” Boeheim said.  “He had a bad day and we could have overcome that if we had played a little bit of defense and we didn’t.”

 

Rebel Alliance

Syracuse never got the lead.  A Burnett three and a Saiz dunk made it 79-75.  Thompson went inside with the slam to cut it to two and Lydon added a free throw to trim it to one.

Like clockwork, Burnett came back with a dagger of a three, putting the Rebels up four with 1:22 remaining.

There were some questioned calls down the stretch.  Battle was called for two straight fouls in the press that looked to some in the Dome as near Rebel turnovers.  Fans booed loudly at the officials, questioning their agenda.

Ole Miss outlasted Syracuse at the free throw line down the stretch, and pulled out the 85-80 victory.  With the win, Ole Miss improved to 22-13 on the year, and faces the winner of Georgia Tech and Belmont in the third round of the NIT.

 

Bittersweet End

Syracuse ended its year on a sour note, with a record of 19-15.  Still, there were some positive takeaways from Boeheim and the players.

“It’s a season where we did some great things,” Boeheim said.  “We fought our way from the bottom of the league to start out, to the middle of the best league in the country. We tied for seventh (after) being in a bad place and this team fought back.”

“It was definitely a learning experience for me,” Tyus Battle said.  “We had a lot of ups and downs this season, but we kept on fighting and that’s what I love about this team.  We just had a a lot of heart and we had a lot of fight in us.”

There are uncertainties for next season.  It remains to be seen whether Lydon will return for his junior season.  It’s also a possibility that Battle could look to go pro as well.

It is certain that White, Gillon, Tyler Roberson and the often-injured DaJuan Coleman are out of eligibility.

Boeheim hasn’t confirmed that he plans to be back as scheduled for one final year next season either, though he sounded as if he is planning on it.

“We’ve got some work to do, and we’d like to bring someone in so we’ll see what happens,” Boeheim said.  “I like the three guys we have commitments from.  I think we’ll try to find somebody else.  But, we’ll see what happens.  We’ve got some good young players, we just have to get some help for them, especially inside.  I think the guys we have coming will help us.”

 

Senior Scribe

Senior Scribe

Video package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4klrANE4VSQ&feature=youtu.be   Story, photos, video and audio by Jon Cerio   Additional photos by Bridget Chavez   Scribe – (noun) – writer; specifically: journalist – Merriam-Webster Dictionary SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It only happens once a year.  For athletes, it’s once in a lifetime – well, maybe twice in a lifetime, for the occasional grad student.  […]

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Video package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4klrANE4VSQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Story, photos, video and audio by Jon Cerio  

Additional photos by Bridget Chavez

 

Scribe – (noun) – writer; specifically: journalist – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It only happens once a year.  For athletes, it’s once in a lifetime – well, maybe twice in a lifetime, for the occasional grad student.  On this year’s Senior Day, 30,448 paying fans greeted Syracuse men’s basketball’s graduating class before the game with Georgia Tech, March 4.  Players soaked in the cheers and applause, hoping to remember the roar of the crowd one last time.
A few rows behind one of the baskets, another team looked on.  Syracuse.com and Post-Standard beat reporters Mike Waters and Donna Ditota watched alongside senior columnist Bud Poliquin.  For Poliquin, it was a scene all too familiar.  After all, he had been to more than 30 senior days in his time.

“I’ve been around enough so that, ‘Jeez, I’ve seen this before, I’ve asked this question before, I’ve heard this answer before,'” he says.

The faces and numbers have changed over the years, but their stories seem to blur together for Poliquin.

 

Different day, same stuff

Sitting in on his radio show,  “Bud and the Manchild” in the  ESPN Radio Syracuse studio in Armory Square several days later, that same sentiment comes through when discussing the Syracuse Orange’s tournament chances.

Filling in for regular co-host Jim “Manchild” Lerch, producer Paul “Boy Green” Esden, Jr. tries to get Poliquin to hammer home a point he had already nailed into place several times during the broadcast.

“This is a cyclical conversation,” Poliquin says.  “The redundancy is numbing.”

After the show, Poliquin sits down for an interview one room over and gives some perspective.

Full audio interview:     https://soundcloud.com/user-857188699/full-bud-poliquin-interview
Coast to Cold

The native Chicagoan, who worked in blissful San Diego, says he gave up sunshine and sit-down interviews for blustery Syracuse, New York because his bride Kathleen is from the area.  The community gained a writer who had had one-on-one interviews with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mickey Mantle, and Michael Jordan .

“I find myself going from interviewing professional men, to 18 and 19-year-old young men, boys dare I say,” Poliquin says. “I’m not saying they bore me. They’re just not as interesting.  I wasn’t interesting when I was 20-years-old.  I’m far more interesting now, I hope to goodness I am.”

Poliquin also notes that with each passing year he gets older, while the players stay the same age and there is a growing disconnect between himself and his subjects. But he knows that doesn’t excuse him from generating good content.

Sitting in a box of a room with antiquated recording equipment filling a space smaller than your typical Central New York kitchen, Poliquin says he must constantly write himself outside of the proverbial box.

“The onus is on me,” he says.

 

 

One-On-One

Though the athletes may not have changed much over the years, Poliquin says that’s not the case for his industry.

“The thing that I most mourn in the business is the absence of these one-on-one conversations. Nowadays, everything is presented in press conference fashion.  It’s antiseptic.  There is no such thing as real intimate conversation.”

Poliquin recalls a time when he could go up to an athlete, and ask him or her to talk, without anyone facilitating the conversation.  He says that’s the way he interviewed some of the all-time sports greats.

“Nowadays, you have quarterbacks that say ‘Oh, I only talk on Wednesdays.’ And they talk to a room full of 40 people.  And you’re supposed to get something out of that?”

 

On the periphery

In the fall, Poliquin sticks to the periphery, finding the football players no one else is engaging in conversation.  You’ll notice in photos from press conferences and locker room media scrums (a term that shows up often in his columns), Poliquin is either in the background, or not present at all.

Don’t think it goes unnoticed.  Earlier in the season, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim called into question some of Poliquin’s tactics in one of his articles.  In a room filled with dozens of media reporters, their exclusive exchange lasted the better part of seven and a half minutes.

“I like it when you come, because usually you don’t come and I don’t have anyone to talk to.” Boeheim joked with the veteran writer.

Poliquin says that’s by design, and that the current setup affects the way he pursues an angle.

“I very rarely ask a question in a press conference, because I don’t like the idea that if I’m asking a question that I think has some meat on the bone, and he says something, now everyone’s got it. I’ve given away my trade secrets so to speak.  I’ve given away my piece.”

 

The Golden Age

Poliquin says if today’s standards had existed back when he was starting out in his career, he might not have stuck with it.

“I might not have lasted this long, I wouldn’t have liked it at all.  It would be so unfulfilling to me.”

“I lived in what I think will be the golden age of sports writing,” he adds. “We, the industry, we held off radio when it came.  We held off TV when it came.  We lost to the Internet, the Internet beat us, and there’s no win in that.  We’re done, in the way that we were.”

 

A Re-imagined State

Poliquin knows the clock is ticking down toward his own Senior Day.

“As to how long I’m going to do it, it’ll probably be a shorter amount of time than a lot of people think,” he says.  “There’s a thing out there called life that I might want to take a look at.”

Still, at 64, the idea of retirement scares him.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be a retired gentleman, but I’ll be a fellow in a re-imagined state,” Poliquin says with a smile.

 

 

Orange Men Hold Off UNCG to Advance in NIT

Orange Men Hold Off UNCG to Advance in NIT

Story and Photos by Jon Cerio SYRACUSE, N.Y. — There were no “Greensboro versus Boeheim” t-shirts visible in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night – there were barely any Orange ones. One day after blizzard conditions postponed a first round NIT matchup between Syracuse and UNC Greensboro, Syracuse weathered the storm against a tenacious Spartan team […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — There were no “Greensboro versus Boeheim” t-shirts visible in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night – there were barely any Orange ones.

One day after blizzard conditions postponed a first round NIT matchup between Syracuse and UNC Greensboro, Syracuse weathered the storm against a tenacious Spartan team in front of 4,288 hardy fans, 90-77.

“I thought the people were good,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “I thought they were very good. Obviously, it’s tough to get out and get here.”

Crystal Clear

A game that the Orange appeared to be in control of in the second half wound up becoming a bit of a nail-biter down the stretch as the Spartans cut a 22-point Syracuse lead to seven.

While the coach’s comments in Brooklyn about there being no reason to hold the ACC tournament in Greensboro led to a mini-tempest in the media a week before, Boeheim had nothing but praise for Greensboro’s hometown college team.

“I think that UNCG is a very good team,” Boeheim said.  “I thought to get them down 22 the way they played – I mean they won their last seven regular season (games) and came within a shot of getting to the (NCAA) tournament.”
From the start, UNCG made it clear it was not to be taken lightly.  Kyrin Galloway got behind the Syracuse zone and put the first points on the board with a slam dunk on the assist from Diante Baldwin.
A Tyus Battle three and a pair of Taurean Thompson mid-range jumpers put the Orange up 7-2.  Over the next 2:21, the Spartans made it a one-point affair, after a Francis Alonso three made it 10-9.

Syracuse went back inside to Thompson, who connected on his eighth point in the first 6:30.  But the Spartans exploited the zone on the other end with a James Dickey dunk.

 

White-Out

That’s when Andrew White III took over.  White connected on nine straight Orange points from deep in 1:27.  Those in attendance made themselves heard.

“We obviously shot the ball really well and played well,” Boeheim said.  “When he gets it going like that he doesn’t miss many.”

“My big thing was just trying to get juiced up early – get going early,” White said.  “Because obviously the vibe was a little different, the stakes were a little different, so I just wanted to try and light a fire up under my team and just make sure that we were ready to go and play this game so that we could take care of business.”

In fact, White broke Gerry McNamara’s Syracuse school record of 107 made threes in a season in Wednesday night’s game.  White has made 109 on the season, and was 7-9 from deep in this one.

“Andrew shot the lights out,” freshman guard Tyus Battle said.  “I feel like when we give him the ball and the ball goes up, it’s going in the basket. I’m really lucky to be playing with a shooter like that.”

 

Offensive Flurry

Greensboro wasn’t deterred.  They answered with a Demetrius Troy triple, followed by a third dunk – this one from Galloway to tie the game at 21 with 9:53 remaining until the half.  After a White jumper, Troy again connected from downtown, giving the Spartans the lead at 24-23.

That was the last lead of the game for UNCG, as Syracuse went on a 12-0 run, including Frank Howard and Andrew White threes, a Battle field goal, and a Tyler Lydon slam off the nifty assist from Howard.  It was 35-24 with 6:11 til the half.

Another three from Troy got the lead back down to six at the 4:10 mark, but Syracuse pushed it back to double digits two minutes later and took the 47-37 advantage into halftime.

UNC Greensboro found success inside, with 18 points in the paint in the first half.  The Orange cashed in on 10 fast break points.  White shot 7-10 from the field for 19 points, and the team as a whole hit 64 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

 

Snowball Effect

Syracuse stretched its lead to 17 in the first 3:39 of the second half.  Tyus Battle had six of his 20 in that stretch.

Aside from some easy dunks from Dickey and Baldwin, the Orange looked to be in control, ballooning the lead to 22 with under twelve minutes remaining, 69-47.

 

Digging Out

But the Spartans weren’t done.  An 8-0 run, including four points from RJ White, cut the lead to 14.

Syracuse kept the lead in the double digit range however, at least until the waning minutes.  At the 5:38 mark, White hit from deep for three of his game-high 34.  Then Greensboro went on an 11-0 run, capped off by a Diante Baldwin three.  It was 81-74 Orange with 2:05 to play.

That was as close as UNCG got.  Syracuse closed out the game at the line, hitting nine free throws down the stretch.

 

Forecasting the Future

“I don’t think Syracuse has ever won an NIT Championship before, so we’ll be making a little bit of history,” Battle said.  “As a competitor, I just want to win and that’s the main thing – winning games. I don’t care if it’s the NCAA Tournament or the NIT – we’re just trying to win and keep on playing.”

The Orange (19-14) advances to the second round of the NIT tournament, where it will host Ole Miss (21-13) on Saturday at 11 a.m.  The Rebels defeated Monmouth in the first round on Wednesday, 91-83.

“I saw part of their Monmouth game, we’ll see that tonight,” Boeheim said.  “Monmouth is really good and tough to beat at home. I thought they really played well. That’ll be a tough game.”

 

 

 

Another One-goal Game to Orange; Survival at St. John’s

Another One-goal Game to Orange; Survival at St. John’s

Story and photos by Dontae Harris Queens, N.Y —  On a very cold Saturday with snow still piled up on the sides of the field. the Syracuse Orange men held on to escape the St. John’s Red Storm on Saturday, winning 9-8 in a lacrosse game many had expected to be a blowout. With Spring […]

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Queens, N.Y —  On a very cold Saturday with snow still piled up on the sides of the field. the Syracuse Orange men held on to escape the St. John’s Red Storm on Saturday, winning 9-8 in a lacrosse game many had expected to be a blowout.

With Spring Break underway in Syracuse, New York Area alumni and students on hand made the atmosphere almost as if the game was played in the Carrier Dome. After every Orange goal, the orange fans cheered “Let’s go, Orange.”

The Orange went, just effectively enough to get out with the win. And when it was over, one SU player was heard to say, “We gotta get back on the bus.”

The Orange men are now 4-1, having played four consecutive one-goal games, winning three. They’re back in action Saturday, March 18th  at John Hopkins.

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Showing Them the Ropes

Showing Them the Ropes

Story, Video, Audio and Photos by Jon Cerio Video package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmHJVaxFCYg&feature=youtu.be SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When you park at ShoppingTown Mall, and enter between Sears and the old Media Play entrance, you can’t help noticing the stark contrast between what is and what was. There’s an emptiness in the parking garage and exterior that bustled a few years […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When you park at ShoppingTown Mall, and enter between Sears and the old Media Play entrance, you can’t help noticing the stark contrast between what is and what was.

There’s an emptiness in the parking garage and exterior that bustled a few years ago.  Go a little further, and inside the void continues.  Empty storefronts, house music reverberating through abandoned halls.Through a black curtain under one of those storefronts, some light shines through.

Pass through the curtain and a dim illumination greets you.  It’s hard to make out the various wrestling posters from local house shows in the past decades plastered to the walls.  Painted banners that fans no doubt held up with pride during the events now drape the room’s perimeter, motionless.
To the side, Derek Potoki’s students quietly change their shoes, and stretch their calves and quads.  Just beyond, a large ring – gold and purple ropes surrounding a flat red mat.   It’s appearance entices you to step inside, but the sights and sounds of bodies grimacing as they crash into its plywood platform give you second thoughts soon after.
Still, there is an energy in that dark room modestly lit by fluorescents, infused with dried perspiration.  There is a tangible hunger in these young men and women – a desire to conquer that apparatus, and master the commands that their larger instructor doles out…whatever the toll might be on their bodies and psyche.

A Tall Order

Professional wrestling is often referred to as sports entertainment.  Derek Potocki is uniquely qualified for both aspects.

The 41-year-old  Syracuse native is a veteran of the professional wrestling scene of more than two decades.  Trained by the legendary “Killer Kowalski,” the same man who trained WWE superstar “HHH,” Potocki learned the rigorous ins and outs of the business.

Potocki said there were many times when he worked a full five days locally, then drove to Boston with his seven-foot-tall UPS truck driver friend, Bob Leo, to train for the weekend at the Kowalski school.  At 6’3,” and 232 pounds, Potocki said he rode the coat tails of his friend to break into the business.

“Kowalski saw him, a 7-foot guy, and liked him,” Potocki said.  “So I just went with him up to (Kowalski’s) school.”

After attending the school, Potocki said he hit the road with his taller friend, often wrestling multiple times a night, all across the country, on into Canada.  Potocki said it wasn’t long before promoters recognized his ability.

Where the Big Boys Play

When WWE owner Vince McMahon went to Killer Kowalski for enhancement talent, also known as jobbers, wrestlers whose main purpose is to enhance talent by losing matches to better-known wrestlers, Kowalski decided to use wrestlers from his school.  As a result, Potocki, known as Zaquary Springate III, got the call.

“I got to do a lot of stuff, and wrestle a lot of guys, huge stars and big stars, and my idols growing up,” Potocki said.  “So, I had a good career.”

Potocki recalled one particular night in Toronto, Canada, wrestling WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.  He said he was overwhelmed by the bright lights and the roar of the crowd.

“I remember seeing his shadow over me, about to do the splash,” Potocki said.  “I thought about all the people he did that to – Bob Backlund, and Don Muraco, just the legends…and he’s about to do it to me.”

Shopping for Talent

Now Potocki runs the school in Shoppingtown.  He said he wants to give back to the industry that’s given him so much.

The teaching is more than physical, however.  As a former entrepeneurship teacher at Syracuse University, Potocki said he recognizes the value of an education.

“I try to tell my guys to go to school and get an education,” Potocki said.  “If you’re just working a 9-5 job, and you plan on being a professional wrestler, you’re going to be in big trouble.”

Renaissance Man

The gritty grappler’s exploits go far beyond the ring.  Besides teaching at Syracuse University, Potocki has worked as an engineer for news stations, acted in several plays, and fronts an eighties cover band called Pop Rox. At a recent show at Roadhouse 48, just outside Thunder Island in Fulton, they belted out songs such as “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Don’t You Forget About Me.” It’s not hard to imagine a wrestling tie-in there.

Potocki said the opportunity to still perform for audiences with the band helps him deal with not performing for wrestling fans.

“There’s nothing on earth that’s like that, there’s no high like that in the world,” Potocki said.  “It’s tough to let go of that.”

 

The “Family” That Skis Together

The “Family” That Skis Together

Story, photos and videos by Bridget Chavez Video package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2NvFknFTh4&feature=youtu.be CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — When it was over, the people involved called it a memorable year. The Cleveland Metro Ski Council held its final race of the season at Bristol Mountain on March 4 and 5. The group primarily races in New York and Ohio during the […]

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — When it was over, the people involved called it a memorable year.

The Cleveland Metro Ski Council held its final race of the season at Bristol Mountain on March 4 and 5. The group primarily races in New York and Ohio during the skiing and snowboarding season.

The Council is made up of 24 ski clubs and more than 8,000 skiers and snowboarders, but regardless of the large size, members said everyone is close with one another.

“We found our people,”skier Keri Cavanaugh said. “We pretty much call it a family,” She and friend Emily Paris met through the group. The two raced alongside wearing matching inflatable unicorn costumes just for added fun, they said.

“So many people don’t understand,” Paris said.

Raw interview with Cavanaugh and Parishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2As_oXEBSrI&feature=youtu.be

Competition at your own level

In addition to the fun and spunk the group brings, members compete with one another for the best time out of three races. Racers are divided into classes based on ability, and Race Committee Chair Becky Bertuzzi said all ages are welcome to compete.

“It doesn’t matter what your ability level is, you’ll be racing with people of the same ability,” Bertuzzi said.

Something special

Larry Steele has been skiing since the 1970s and still hasn’t grown tired of the sport and said it’s his “good genes” that allow the 70-year-old to continue to ski competitively.

“I like to ski,” Steele said. “I just do. It’s fun and I just like being outside in the winter.”

Although they all come from different backgrounds, the one thing each member has in common is their love for the sport and the outdoors.

“Skiing is unlike anything else,” Cavanaugh said. “There’s a moment where you have quality time by yourself as well as quality time with other people doing the same sport.”

 

Lacrosse: Orange Men Down Cavs on Last-minute Goal

Lacrosse: Orange Men Down Cavs on Last-minute Goal

Story by Andrew Leffler Photos by Dontae Harris SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange men dug themselves out of another deep hole at the Carrier Dome on Sunday and this time finished the job with a 14-13 win over Virginia on a Sergio Salcido goal with 15 seconds left. “To be able to pick away at […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange men dug themselves out of another deep hole at the Carrier Dome on Sunday and this time finished the job with a 14-13 win over Virginia on a Sergio Salcido goal with 15 seconds left.

“To be able to pick away at it, and get back into it, and to win it at the end, is a great win for Syracuse, and I’m very proud of the guys of how they played down the stretch,” Orange head coach John Desko said.

Rivalry Renewed

Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome was intense. An absolute showdown between two powerhouses in the collegiate lacrosse world. It was a battle of “blue and orange,” as Syracuse hosted its ACC rival. Coming in Syracuse was 2-1, and Virginia was 4-1. Both teams’ only losses had a one goal differential (Army defeated SU on a last-second goal 14-13; UPenn downed  UVA 11-10).


For the majority of this game, Syracuse again was playing catchup. Even though both teams scored four goals in the first period, Syracuse was scoreless in the second, putting Virginia up 8-4 at the half.

Syracuse made up for it in the second half.

Matt Lane and Nate Solomon finished the game with five points, both scoring three goals and racking a pair of assists. And then there was Salcido. Salcido also finished the game with five points, dishing out three assists and scoring a couple of goals.

It was his second goal that carried the most weight.

“When I got the ball, I looked over and they were shutting down everyone, making me take the matchup they liked,”Salcido said. “So I knew I needed to make a play. I dodged the middle, kind of zigzagged going back and forth, just trying to get a step on my guy, and shoot the ball and make sure I got a quality shot.”

“It’s not often you can win a game by one goal, having the roundball discrepancy, like we did in this game,” Desko said. “Hats off to [Virginia], I thought they played really hard, but I thought our guys played hard the whole way, especially in the second half, being down like we were down.”

Room for Orange Improvement

The big head scratcher in the game was the fact that Virginia managed to pick up 43 ground balls, compared to Syracuse’s 27. As happy as Desko was, being in these close games is something he’s not a fan of.

“I don’t want to play that way,” he said. “I want to get off to a better start. Again I thought we had some opportunities in that second period. We could have put a few back up there and made it a lot closer going into halftime, but credit to their goalie, and I didn’t think we shot great, especially in the first half.”

Salcido agreed that the team needs to get better starts.

“I think like Coach Desko said, obviously it’s not what we want to be doing , getting these nail-biters, coming here down the stretch, probably like to get a lead early and control the game. But you got to adapt and overcome, and it’s something we’ve been preaching all fall to the guys and all spring. We want to win, and it’s important to us. We work hard so we make sure we are pulling out these games the best we can.”
Despite Loss, Virginia Found A Win In Central New York


It was a homecoming of sorts for first-year Cavaliers head coach Lars Tiffany, who grew up in Lafayette. and he had some things to be happy about.

Virginia’s Michael Kraus finished the game with six points, scoring four goals and dishing out two assists. In addition to Kraus’ performance, Dox Aitken finished with five points, scoring three goals and getting two assists.

“I don’t think I could be any more proud of my team,”  Tiffany said after the game. “We really did a great job on the ground balls. We flew around and we created extra possessions for ourselves most of the game. The last half of the fourth quarter, give Syracuse credit. They were the ones getting the extra possessions and getting loose balls and creating more shots on goal. But I’m really excited to be coaching Virginia because of the passion we play with.”

“That’s the way the game is meant to be played,” he said. “What an exciting atmosphere.” Having grown up in the Syracuse area, Tiffany is well aware of the importance lacrosse has in Central New York.

“It’s really special to be able to play in front of so many rabid lacrosse fans, who were obviously rooting against us, or most them were rooting against us, but what an atmosphere. Obviously the loss stings, but I want to put this in perspective, what a great way to spend a Sunday. Running up and down against Syracuse University in a high-scoring, big hitting, action packed game.”

Onondaga Experience

Despite losing the game, Virginia did something special during the visit. After Tiffany
made his opening statement on the game, he said he is very appreciative for the opportunity he and his team were a part of the previous day.

“Special thanks to the Onondagas, and the Onondaga Nation for allowing us to go on the reservation yesterday and spend some time with Alfred Jacques, and seeing the stick making skills that he has. Really appreciate the Onondagas for inviting us on their land.”

Michael Kraus said he learned a lot from being on the reservation, especially how the Onondagas see the sport of lacrosse.

“That was a one of a kind experience for us to be able to go on the reservation and spend time with Jacques and go in their indoor facility.

“I think what struck me was what lacrosse means to them. It really is their whole entire life, and they lacrosse for the Creator, it’s kind of how they live their life. It’s how they raise young boys to become men.

“That’s what stuck out to me and also when they play, they play the game to the fullest extent. Clean, no hatred, no revenge, it’s just a clean game, something bigger than themselves, and I think that’s what stuck out the most to me. ”

Kraus said he tried to implement what he learned on the reservation to Sunday’s game today, and after the performance he had, he clearly learned something new. Before the game, the freshman had 26 points, 13 goals and 13 assists. Now he has 31.

 

Look Ahead

The next SU men’s game will be on March 11, when Syracuse will be in Queens to face St. John’s.

The Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse team had a win of its own Sunday, also defeating Virginia 16-15 in overtime. Its next game is also on March 11, and will be on the road, facing the Orange women’s nemesis, Maryland.

 

 

“Anything You Can Do…” – Orange Women Beat Cavs 16-15

“Anything You Can Do…” – Orange Women Beat Cavs 16-15

Photos by Dontae Harris SYRACUSE, N.Y.– As if the Orange men’s last-minute come-from-behind win over Virginia, 14-13 a few hours earlier hadn’t been exciting enough, Coach Gary Gait’s Orange women roared back from a first half deficit of 11-2 to beat the Cavaliers women on Sunday, 16-15. Junior Riley Donahue scored the go-ahead goal with 4:06 […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.– As if the Orange men’s last-minute come-from-behind win over Virginia, 14-13 a few hours earlier hadn’t been exciting enough, Coach Gary Gait’s Orange women roared back from a first half deficit of 11-2 to beat the Cavaliers women on Sunday, 16-15.

Junior Riley Donahue scored the go-ahead goal with 4:06 left and the No. 5/4 Orange women held on to stay undefeated at 7-0 and win their second game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Senior Devon Parker led Syracuse with a career-high five goals.

“This was an effort that came from incredibly tired athletes that dug down deep within themselves, found what they had and made some great plays at the end of the game,” Gait said.

Reflections in an Orange Eye – Senior Day at the Dome

Reflections in an Orange Eye – Senior Day at the Dome

Story, photos and video by Bridget Chavez VIDEO PACKAGE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSM6IoDqOew&feature=youtu.be SYRACUSE, N.Y. — They went out with a bang. The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team hosted Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon in front of  30,448 fans at the Carrier Dome for Senior Day, which was the largest on-campus crowd in college basketball this season. For the players and […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — They went out with a bang.

The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team hosted Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon in front of  30,448 fans at the Carrier Dome for Senior Day, which was the largest on-campus crowd in college basketball this season. For the players and fans alike, it was a game to remember, a 90-61 pounding of Georgia Tech following a roaring tribute to the players before what they hope is their last game in the Carrier Dome.

Friends. Family and Framed Jerseys

The pre-game ceremony began by honoring the seniors and graduate students who will not be returning next year. Each player was escorted by family members onto the court and greeted by head coach Jim Boeheim. They were also presented with individually framed jerseys to commemorate their time with the Orange. For two of them, graduate transfers Andrew White III and John Gillon, that time is just one season.
The New Guys
Emotions ran high throughout the game as White put up a whopping 40 points for the Orange, his career high . Gillon, who scored 43 points against North Carolina State in an overtime road win, chipped in ten points and ten assists. White said he’s proud to be part of this team and all they have accomplished together.
“We’ve imposed our will on the ACC and we put ourselves in a position to make it to the postseason and get whatever we want out of it,” White said.
And while the regular season is over, Gillon noted there is more to come, starting with the ACC Tournament on Wednesday.
“It’s sad but I’m ready for the next chapter and the season’s still going so I’m focused on

that but, man, this school it’s a special place.”

 

Orange Veterans

Tyler Roberson had four points and three rebounds in 24 minutes and even walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye had a put-back bucket to give him ten points on the season.
Graduate student, DaJuan Coleman, the McDonald’s All-American from nearby Jamesville-DeWitt High School whose career has been severely curtailed by injury was able to get in on the action and played for the final minutes of the game. He said the moment was very special t o him.
“This whole journey has just been a grind,” Coleman said. “But my teammates and coaches, they always have my back and it means a lot to finish it out.”