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Mike Tirico: In the Moment

March 2, 2014

Photos by Kayla Chadwick He comes dressed casually with a cup of Starbucks in his hand to share his time, experience, advice and a few laughs with several dozen students and others who showed up in the Miron Room in Newhouse I at midday Saturday. Mike Tirico ’88 is a guy who enters to little […]

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Photos by Kayla Chadwick

He comes dressed casually with a cup of Starbucks in his hand to share his time, experience, advice and a few laughs with several dozen students and others who showed up in the Miron Room in Newhouse I at midday Saturday. Mike Tirico ’88 is a guy who enters to little fanfare, sits down and chats with early arrivals and is as approachable as can be.

When he is introduced as one of our most successful and loyal alums he tries to deflect the praise. Then, just hours after being inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame, he proceeds to show why he deserves the accolades. Animatedly discussing his experiences from WAER to WTVH-5 to ESPN and ABC, he tells the audience golf is the easiest sport to do because “you don’t have to say a lot.” That brings chuckles.

He takes them through his preparation for Monday Night Football, pointing out that if you miss prep time because of one thing or another, you make it up late at night or early in the morning. He talks of Jon Gruden’s brilliance in getting the crew ready for games. He explains that it’s a good idea to take some of your children’s books on the road so you can read to them and put them to bed through Skype.

And when the Q&A is over he greets each person enthusiastically, posing for pictures, shaking hands, saying “thanks for coming” until the last person in line gets a chance. 

Saturday night Tirico will be a speaker in WJPZ’s tribute to Dr. Rick Wright. Sunday morning he’ll fly out and Tuesday he’ll call Illinois vs. Michigan. But at the moment, in that room, he is there and evidently very happy to be there with the people who have come to meet him.

 

 Here is the story in photos from Kayla Chadwick.

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/03/mike-tirico-in-moment.html

Follow link and click on any photo to start slide show.

 

A Day to Remember: Making the Calls

February 28, 2014

(Syracuse) They came from all over the country this Wednesday to the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium to take part in Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media in 2014. It was the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s major event for spring semester and drew representatives of ESPN, Fox Sports, Gannett, the Syracuse Post-Standard, The […]

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(Syracuse) They came from all over the country this Wednesday to the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium to take part in Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media in 2014. It was the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s major event for spring semester and drew representatives of ESPN, Fox Sports, Gannett, the Syracuse Post-Standard, The Tallahassee Democrat, CSN Sports Houston and more. Emanuel Adjekum, Howard Chen, Donna Ditota, Roy Hamilton, Chris Kluwe, Kathy Kudravi, Beth Long, Gerry Matalon, Don McPherson, Sinhue Mendoza, Jason Murray, Natalie Pierre, Neal Powless, Anish Shroff, Virgil Smith, Ron Thomas and Nick Wright. We’re working on the video of the panel discussions and will post them soon. For now – a slide show by Kayla Chadwick.

Click on any photo to start the slide show at link below.

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/making-calls-day-to-remember.html

Orange Women Crush Pitt on Senior Day

February 23, 2014

Story and Videos by Kayla Chadwick Photo by Rilwan Ameen The Carrier Dome was the place to be this afternoon for the last Syracuse women’s basketball home game of the regular season, and the players’ friends and families were treated to a commanding win by the Orange. The first half of this Senior Day matchup […]

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Story and Videos by Kayla Chadwick

Photo by Rilwan Ameen

The Carrier Dome was the place to be this afternoon for the last Syracuse women’s basketball home game of the regular season, and the players’ friends and families were treated to a commanding win by the Orange.

The first half of this Senior Day matchup was all about the Syracuse defense, as it held the Panthers scoreless from the floor for the first 18 minutes, until Pitt freshman Chelsea Welch knocked down a three-pointer.

Sophomore Guard Brittney Sykes said the Orange didn’t realize just how effective its defensive efforts had been: “But we did realize they were shooting from the field and they were missing them, and we were fighting for rebounds… But as for knowing they were one for 22, you wouldn’t really know.”

Despite Welch’s last minute heroics to close out the half, Pitt went into halftime trailing Syracuse by 15 points (26-11). Syracuse helped its cause by keeping the pressure on the Panthers, inducing multiple shot clock violations, and staying aggressive under the basket.

In the second half, Pitt came out seemingly determined to turn things around. Panthers junior Brianna Kiesel scored a three-pointer just seconds after retaking the court – but Syracuse answered on its very next possession with a three from Brianna Butler. Despite allowing the Panthers to score more frequently in the second half than the first, the Orange would continue to control the pace of game.

In a game where 13 Syracuse players saw playing time, and nine scored for the Orange, Brianna Butler led the charge, scoring 16 points – including four three-pointers. Other top scorers included Briana Day (14 points), Brittney Sykes (10 points), Shakeya Leary and La’Shay Taft (7 points each).

Syracuse never trailed, keeping a commanding lead throughout the game, and defeating Pitt by a final score of 67-36.

It was the last regular season home game for seniors Rachel Coffey, Taft, Phylesha Bullard, and Leary, but the Orange have a solid core of young talent ready to carry the torch into next season and beyond. “It’s very nice to see the sophomores and freshman [step up],” Coffey said. “It opens up the future.”

After the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman praised his players for their win-first attitude: “I don’t know how they do it, because as a player, I wouldn’t know how to do it. They’re just very unselfish players, and they want to win.”

But Hillsman isn’t content with blowing out Pitt for the final regular season home game, “We just have to get there and win this last game,” he said. The Orange will head to North Carolina next Sunday to take on Wake Forest in the last ACC matchup before the tournament.

Watch the postgame remarks from Coach Hillsman, Brianna Butler, Sykes, and Coffey here.

More photos from Rilwan Ameen here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/su-pitt-womens-college-basketball-in.html

Maryland Throttles SU Men’s Lacrosse

February 23, 2014

Story and Video by Max Berkowitz Photo by Kayla Chadwick  Two of the most storied programs in Division I lacrosse faced off for the first time in the Atlantic Coast Conference today at the Carrier Dome. The last time Syracuse and Maryland played at the Carrier Dome was in 1983 when the Terrapins defeated the Orange 12-5 […]

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Story and Video by Max Berkowitz

Photo by Kayla Chadwick

 Two of the most storied programs in Division I lacrosse faced off for the first time in the Atlantic Coast Conference today at the Carrier Dome. The last time Syracuse and Maryland played at the Carrier Dome was in 1983 when the Terrapins defeated the Orange 12-5 in the NCAA playoffs. This will also mark the first and last time they face off as ACC rivals as Maryland will become part of the Big Ten Conference next year.

Syracuse (2-0, 0-0 ACC) came into this game ranked No. 1 in the USILA Coaches Top 20 Poll, and Maryland (2-0, 0-0 ACC) were not that far behind at No. 7. The Orange also came into this came looking to extend its three game home winning streak.  

That streak ended today. The Orange lost its first game of the season 16-8. 

 

First Quarter: Orange gets a lead

Syracuse started off well by being aggressive early and often. The Orange scored two goals on its first three shots. Kevin Rice  and Dylan Donahue both scored unassisted goals. The Orange finished the first quarter with a 3-2 lead and was on pace for another double-digit offensive game. 

 “To their credit, in the first, they made some one on one plays,” said Maryland head coach John Tillman. “We didn’t get there.”

Even though Syracuse held a lead after the first quarter, there were some troubling signs. Maryland dominated shots on net 15-8 and was also winning face-offs 4-2. 

 

Second Quarter: Terps take over 

At the start of the second quarter Maryland’s Charlie Raffa was hit with a rare unsportsmanlike conduct penalty off of a face-off and Syracuse had a man up. Syracuse’s Derek Maltz took advantage and scored at the 12:37 mark to give the Orange a 4-2 lead. After that, the Terps  dominated the faceoff circle, went on an 8-0 run and never looked back.  

“On offense we were watching the defense play defense almost the entire second quarter,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “You had to play catch-up because you were down so many goals and force things. Shoot a little too quickly and they valued their possessions and played well.”

 Most of Maryland’s goals came off faceoff penalties.

“A couple of the times we jumped and it put us in a man down situation,” Desko said.

The Terps ended the first half with 28 shots on net. They also won the faceoff category 9-4.

Maryland players pride themselves on their defense and said that was the reason they ended up scoring ten goals in the second quarter.

“(We) Threw multiple looks at them and kind of switched it up,” Maryland’s goalie Niko Amato said. “Stalled their offense a little bit. Just mixing up defenses kept them on their heels.”

 

Third Quarter: more of the same

The Terps kept the momentum early in the second half.  Within the first three minutes of the third quarter Maryland scored. That goal gave Maryland’s Jay Carlson a hat trick and Maryland a 13-5 lead.

Maryland went on another scoring surge with another three goals to take a 16-5 lead. Henry Schoonmaker finally stopped the bleeding with a little less than two minutes to go to make it 16-6 heading into the fourth quarter. 

 Part of Maryland’s continued success in the third quarter was due to its zone defense.

“We knew we were going to throw some zone in there to mix it up,” Tillman said. “We asked the middies to play good on ball-defense and to help each other. Sliding them where they need to slide. Because they are so dynamic.”

Maryland continued its dominance on the faceoff 5-1 in the third quarter. The Terps also had 16 shots, compared to four for the Orange.

 

Fourth Quarter: too little too late
The Orange played better in the final quarter but Maryland already had the game well in hand. SU didn’t allow a single point, tied the faceoff category 1-1, had ten shots on goal and was not penalized.

Randy Staats scored a goal off a Donahue assist with 6:16 left in the game to cut the deficit to 16-7.

 And on the last play of the game Schoonmaker scored off another Donahue assist to quietly register a hat trick.

 

End Result

Maryland had a whopping 55 shots on net. It also won the ground ball game 36-17 which led to some easy goals. Syracuse wound up losing the faceoff battle 19-8.

 

Next Opponent

Syracuse’s next game is away against the University of Virginia on Saturday, March 1.

Syracuse News Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dGfCgTsl2g&feature=youtu.be

Photos by Kayla Chadwick here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/su-maryland-mens-lacrosse-in-pictures.html

 

25-1: All Good Things Must Come to an End

February 20, 2014

Story and video by Michael Silver Photo courtesy suathletics.com (SYRACUSE) – For the third straight game it came down to the wire for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Three was not the magic number this time however, as the No. 1 team in the nation lost its first game of the season. Boston College […]

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Story and video by Michael Silver

Photo courtesy suathletics.com

(SYRACUSE) – For the third straight game it came down to the wire for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Three was not the magic number this time however, as the No. 1 team in the nation lost its first game of the season. Boston College (7-19, 3-10) stunned the Carrier Dome crowd and walked away winners in overtime, 62-59.

After a buzzer-beater win against Pittsburgh and a late possession layup to pull out another victory last week, the Orange men found themselves in a hole once again, but this time could not find the answer.

“We lost our defense, we allowed them to shoot threes,” Coach Jim Boeheim said.

Discussing the offensive woes seen over the last few weeks, the SU coach was blunt.

“We’re not putting the ball in the basket…we have to score more, we’re not going to win games shooting 32 percent. It’s really simple, it’s not complicated.”

The Eagles combined to make 11 three pointers on 22 tries, while the Orange long ball was dreadful, missing the mark 10 out of 12 times.

Tyler Ennis did his best to keep his team’s perfect record intact but knew a letdown was inevitable.

“We’ve been in a lot of those [close] games, and you want to expect to win them all but its not realistic that you’re going to pull out a bunch of games that come down to the last five minutes.”

Ennis had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists but a late, uncharacteristic, turnover forced SU to intentionally foul and eventually to lose.

Trevor Cooney who has been on a cold streak of late, was shut down by the BC defense. He scored 5 points on 2 for 8 shooting, including 1 for 6 from downtown.

Asked if he was disappointed in the school record, 25-game win streak coming to an end, Cooney was forthright.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “I’m not looking at the streak. I’m looking at the loss, no one likes to lose.”

CJ Fair had a rough start to the game but continued to battle on the boards and get opportunities. He finished with a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds but shot poorly from the field, going 7 for 23.

“I thought I could have been more efficient…a lot of my shots I thought were going in. My touch was a little off,” Fair said.

Syracuse (25-1, 12-1) now heads on the road for its next three games. The first, a rematch with Duke Saturday night after their instant classic earlier in the month.

 

Slow start offensively
Fair started one for six and the Orange could not score the first four minutes of play, while the Eagles equally struggled, leading early, 4-0. Once the senior forward got into the scoring column he kept shooting, going 4-12 in the first 20 minutes. Jerami Grant showed his explosiveness in the paint with a couple of 3-point plays and tallied seven points. He finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. BC’s Lonnie Jackson went 2 for 3 from deep to pace his squad with six points before recess.

 

Second half pace picks up
Whatever head coach Jim Boeheim said during intermission evidently sparked his players. Cooney hit a three ball and Fair got an easy lay up to cap a 12-0 run from the first half. It forced BC’s Coach Steve Donahue into a quick timeout.

His motivational speech seemed to pay off just the same, as the Eagles sharpshooters Joe Rahon, Eddie Odio and Oliver Hanlan started making shots from the outside and tied the game at 41 with eight minutes to play. With the scored tied at 50, Syracuse had the ball on the last possession. Rakeem Christmas took an off balance shot in the paint, and it rolled off the rim forcing overtime.

 

Bonus Ball
Oliver Hanlan hit a quick three to start. Patrick Heckmann next nailed a corner three, and Christmas responded with a pair of free throws making it 56-54 BC. Tyler Ennis went coast to coast after a steal for a lay up to tie things up just under two minutes to play. He split a pair of free throws to give the Orange a brief one point lead, but Heckmann’s cut to the basket and lay up of his own gave BC the lead once more.

Ennis would turn the ball over on the next possession in traffic. SU then fouled Lonnie Jackson, two trips to the charity stripe and four points later the Orange found themselves down three. A last second heave by Cooney was short as the horn sounded to the dismay of 26,716 fans in attendance.

Game Notes

-25 game win streak was the longest ever for Syracuse basketball.

-First home loss to an unranked opponent since 1/25/11 vs. Seton Hall. A 46 game streak snapped.

-First regular season loss to an unranked opponent since 2/13/13 at UConn.

-Throwback night: Nike unveiled old school uniforms with a new school twist for seven NCAA teams in 2014. Hailed as the hyper elite dominance uniforms, Syracuse donned orange jerseys with cursive script on the chest and blue shorts with a block “S” on its side.

Jim Boeheim Postgame News Conference

Player interviews here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jknSn_8uhw

Orange Women’s Lacrosse Easily Over Canisius

February 17, 2014

Story and video by Chelsea Brobst Photo by Donato DiRenzo II   The Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team hosted Canisius College Sunday. It was only the second ever meeting between the two teams and while it was not quite as lopsided as the previous meeting, Syracuse once again won by a significant margin with a […]

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Story and video by Chelsea Brobst

Photo by Donato DiRenzo II

 

The Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team hosted Canisius College Sunday. It was only the second ever meeting between the two teams and while it was not quite as lopsided as the previous meeting, Syracuse once again won by a significant margin with a score of 18-6.

            SU dominated the last meeting on Feb. 20, 2008, winning 24-3. That game featured current Assistant Coach Katie Rowan, who had six goals and three assists. While no one on the Orange had that many points, Senior Alyssa Murray, the Lacrosse Magazine Division I Preseason Player of the Year, led the team with two goals and four assists. The two goals moved Murray into a tie for fourth place on the Syracuse all-time goals scored list.

             Eight different players scored for SU. Sophomore Kayla Treanor added three goals and two assists for a team-high 20 points on the season. >

Freshman Taylor Poplawski also came away with five points on four goals and one assist.

            “It really feels great to be able to contribute to the team in that way, but a lot of the effort does go to the defense….to a lot of the other players to be able to see me, get me open and get me the opportunity to score,” Poplawski said after the game.

            Head Coach Gary Gait called Poplawski an “impact player” and noted the strength that she, Murray and Treanor add to the team. “We have a solid attack, Gait said. “I think the last few years our attack has been, if not the best, one of the best in the country.”

 The attack group accounted for 13 of the goals scored for the Orange.

            Syracuse outshot the Golden Griffins 40-14 for the game and won 17 draw controls compared to the Canisius’ nine controls.

Canisius certainly tried to create chances to score. The team had 23 turnovers compared to 19 for the Orange. The Griffs also had fewer fouls than Syracuse. But the effectiveness and speed of the Syracuse offense proved to be too much.

 While it was a solid performance, Gait still sees plenty of room for improvement. “I think on the offensive end we can be a little more patient. I think we rushed it a bit. I think we can focus on the execution. Our draw controls were solid today…just timing more than anything.”

 And although Syracuse was never in danger of losing this game, Murray said it was still very important for the rest of the season.  “Now is really the practice time that is crucial to get better as a team,” Murray said.

 Gait agreed. “Good opportunity to see what we’ve been putting in, in the offseason. They mean a lot for improving when we get to the middle of our season.”

He expects contributions from everyone on the team when it comes time for the big ACC matchups.

The Orange will next travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on UVA in its first ACC matchup. The game is set for Feb. 23 at 1 pm. It is the first of six games that Syracuse will play against Top Ten opponents.

 

News Conference Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVlEnXZWYLY&feature=youtu.be

Photo slide show by Donato DiRenzo II here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/picture-slideshow-womens-lax-vs-canisius.html

 

 

Orange Returns the Favor: Beats Albany in OT

February 17, 2014

Story and Photo by: Mason Walling The second ranked (Inside Lacrosse/N0 1. USILA Coaches Poll)Syracuse men’s lacrosse team survived a thriller Sunday as downing number 11/10 Albany in overtime by a score of 17-16 at the Carrier Dome. “This could come down to whoever has the ball last, and fortunately we had the ball last,” Head Coach John […]

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Story and Photo by: Mason Walling

The second ranked (Inside Lacrosse/N0 1. USILA Coaches Poll)Syracuse men’s lacrosse team survived a thriller Sunday as downing number 11/10 Albany in overtime by a score of 17-16 at the Carrier Dome.

“This could come down to whoever has the ball last, and fortunately we had the ball last,” Head Coach John Desko said.

The victory is a bit of redemption for Syracuse, which lost to Albany a year ago in double overtime.

Henry Schoonmaker was the hero for the Orange as he scored the game-winning goal 28 seconds into the overtime period. Schoonmaker scored both the first and the last goal of the game, in what were his first two points of the season.

“I think this is my first time that I’ve got an overtime goal,” Schoonmaker said, “I’ve tied it up before, but never got the overtime.”

In the first quarter, the Orange jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead behind goals from Schoonmaker, Matt Harris, Dylan Donahue, and two from Billy Ward.  However, it didn’t take long for the Thompson trio – brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, along with cousin Ty Thompson – to bring the Great Danes back into the game.

The two teams traded goals until Donahue scored with 6:30 remaining in the first half to put Syracuse up 8-5.  The Danes would go on to score four goals unanswered to take the lead 9-8.  Randy Staats ended the night with five goals for SU, one of which came just seconds before halftime knotting the game up at nine a piece.

The second half saw more of the same back and forth, as the game was tied at eleven midway through the third.  From that point, Syracuse went on a five goal tear capped off by a Staats hidden ball trick score.

Just as the crowd thought the Orange had secured a win, the Great Danes came storming back with five goals of their own.  Ty Thompson scored the fourth goal while the Great Danes were playing a man down to bring Albany within one, and John Maloney fired the shot that tied the game at 16.

With inside a minute to play and Albany on offense, Miles Thompson got off a shot that was saved by Bobby Wardwell and scooped up by Tom Grimm.  Syracuse called a timeout with twelve seconds left in the contest, but failed to get a shot off on a designed isolation play for Hakeem Lecky.

“We had ten one-goal games last year,” Coach Desko added, “And if you are watching the basketball team, we aren’t trying to mimic them.”

For the Great Danes, Ty Thompson finished with five goals, while Lyle and Miles each scored one goal and had five and two assists, respectively.  John Maloney added three goals, and Ryan Feuerstein ended with two.

The Orange were led by Staats’ five goals, followed by three apiece for Donahue and Ward, and two for Schoonmaker and Scott Loy.

Syracuse improves to 2-0 on the season and will kick off ACC competition by hosting Maryland on Saturday, February 22nd.

For highlights and post-game, click here!

More photos from Jack Fitzsimmons here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/pictures-from-syracuse-v-albany-mens.html

25-0: Another Game, Another Near-miracle Finish

February 16, 2014

Story and Videos by Jack Fitzsimmons Photo courtesy suathletics.com Rakeem Christmas came up with a key steal off a late-game trap, and C.J. Fair scored on a goaltending call on the ensuring break with 6.7 seconds left to lift the Orange to a 56-55 victory over North Carolina State Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.  It was […]

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Story and Videos by Jack Fitzsimmons

Photo courtesy suathletics.com

Rakeem Christmas came up with a key steal off a late-game trap, and C.J. Fair scored on a goaltending call on the ensuring break with 6.7 seconds left to lift the Orange to a 56-55 victory over North Carolina State Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.  It was the second stunning win for SU in as many games after Tyler Ennis’ buzzer beater to beat Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  Syracuse extended its school-record winning streak to 25 games and maintained a half-game lead in the ACC standings (12-0 vs 12-1 for Virginia), while the Wolfpack dropped to 16-9 (6-6 ACC).

The win for Syracuse ensures it will remain #1 in the polls, but for N.C. State, the loss will resonate as a missed opportunity to add a signature win to its tenuous NCAA Tournament resume.

 

A chance missed

N.C. State certainly had the chances to leave the Carrier Dome with the win. The Wolfpack led for much of the back-and-forth second half, and never trailed by more than one point over the last 23:45 of the game. Unfortunately for the Coach Mark Gottfried’s team it only managed to score three points over the final 3:53, with those coming on free throws by Ralston Turner (13 points, 3-8 from three) with just more than a minute left.

ACC leading-scorer T.J. Warren was spectacular in defeat (23 points) and Kyle Washington recorded a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). But after the top three scorers, the rest of the Wolfpack combined for just five points in 102 combined minutes of playing time.

 

Syracuse struggles

 Even though the Orange won, the game was not particularly pretty offensively for Syracuse either. The team shot just over 35-percent from the field, and connected on just two of 12 attempts from three-point range.

Tyler Ennis may have finally reminded fans that he is, in fact, a true freshman with four turnovers, four fouls, and only nine points. Trevor Cooney hit two three-pointers in the first half, but finished with a rather pedestrian eight points. And even though he would eventually win the game for the Orange, C.J. Fair struggled for most of the night (5-16 from the field, 0-3 from beyond the arc, 1-2 at the line).  To his credit, Fair was more than willing to take responsibility for the low offensive output.

“We gotta do better on offense,” he said after the game. “I think it starts with me…If I get things going earlier, throughout the game I think it makes my teammates’ jobs easier.”

 

Christmas in February

In a game that featured three potential First Team All-ACC players (Syracuse’s Fair and Ennis and N.C. State’s Warren), the player of the game was unquestionably the Orange’s Rakeem Christmas. Christmas led Syracuse with 14 points and also recorded 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Most importantly, it was his steal at the end of the game that set up the game-winning layup.

“We keep our composure all the time,” Christmas said about the decisive play. “We don’t let things get to us, and we just want to go out there with our defense and see what happens from there.”

Running the table

Syracuse is now only six wins away from completely a perfect regular season, but the road won’t get any easier. First up, the Orange will play host to a Boston College team that is probably tougher than the record indicates. The Eagles held a five-point lead with about ten minutes to play the last time these two met on January 13th in Chestnut Hill, before a 16-1 run that eventually led to a 10-point Syracuse victory. That game will tip-off at 7pm on Wednesday at the Carrier Dome and be televised on ESPN 2.

After the home game against BC, the Orange will play four of the last five games on the road. The next two Saturdays pose particularly interesting obstacles for the Orange: first at Durham for a rematch with #8 Duke at Cameron Indoor on the 22nd, and then in Charlottesville on March 1 to take on #17 Virginia in a game that could decide the ACC regular season title.

 

Videos:

Rakeem Christmas Postgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrioXXajxIQ

 C.J. Fair Postgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmX71ykhuo0

 Trevor Cooney Postgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6Xdv0dqIE

 

Who Saw 24-0 When These Pictures Were Taken?

February 15, 2014

Here is another slide show from Michael Silver of photos he has taken for Citrus TV. This is SU Basketball Media Day. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.521371474624061.1073741848.339612276133316&type=3  

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Here is another slide show from Michael Silver of photos he has taken for Citrus TV. This is SU Basketball Media Day.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.521371474624061.1073741848.339612276133316&type=3

 

FSU Trounces SU Women; Howard Breaks ‘Noles Record

February 14, 2014

Story, photo and videos by Rilwan Ameen   Backdrop: At one point this season, both Syracuse (17-8 overall, 6-6 ACC) and Florida State (17-7, 5-6 ACC) were ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams. Since winning 14 of its first 15 games to begin the year, Florida State had lost six of eight. But Florida State’s […]

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Story, photo and videos by Rilwan Ameen

 

Backdrop:

At one point this season, both Syracuse (17-8 overall, 6-6 ACC) and Florida State (17-7, 5-6 ACC) were ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.

Since winning 14 of its first 15 games to begin the year, Florida State had lost six of eight. But Florida State’s Head Coach Sue Semrau said the mid-season struggles provided valuable learning lessons.

“People have a hard time believing when a coach says losing is be a good thing,” Semrau said. “For us it opened the eyes of our younger players and going through the grind of the ACC, our focus since the Notre Dame game has been extremely sharp.”

While Syracuse began the season 11-1, the Orange women had lost three straight before reversing their fortunes to win six of their last nine.

Having five ranked teams in the top 17 in the country, the ACC has been the best conference in women’s college basketball this year. Syracuse stood just outside (6th in conference) of the top tier at 6-5 in the ACC and Florida State stood 9th at 4-6 in the league.

Despite the many ups and downs that are a part of a college basketball season both teams found themselves coming into the game looking to remain in the top half of the conference.

History made:

Two Shakeya Leary jumpers, one Brittney Sykes jumper and one Brianna Butler three-pointer in the first minute and 57 seconds of the game; was all it took for the Natasha Howard show to commence in the first ever meeting between Syracuse and Florida State in women’s basketball.

Syracuse Head Coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game, that there simply was not an answer for the Seminole star.

“Man, Natasha Howard was a beast tonight. She was tremendous,” Hillsman said. “She got the ball in the paint, scored the ball… did a very good job of playing at the rim. She’s an unbelievable player who’s a great career at Florida State and will continue to do so at the next level.”

Howard, scored the very first basket in the game just five seconds in and continued her offensive onslaught from there; pouring in a school-record 40 points en route to leading the Seminoles to an 83-59 victory.

Big games are something Semrau has become accustomed to from the senior.

“Natasha Howard is one of my favorite players that I’ve ever coached,” Semrau said. “For her to have an opportunity to reach this milestone isn’t because she was lucky, it’s because the type of work ethic that she has.”

“She’ll leave a mark on Florida State not because she scored more points than anybody in a single game, but because of what she means to us every day.”

Tone setter:

With 28 of Howard’s 40 points coming primarily inside the paint (14-19 FGM-A) and (12-15 FTM-A), Florida State found the opening in Syracuse’s defense by playing inside out; capitalizing on open looks knocking down 2/3’s of their three-point attempts (8/12 total).

“I was surprised at the way we shot the ball from the outside to open things up for on the inside and I think that was the difference in the game,” Semrau said. “And our ability to get her the ball was that.”

“Our kids played hard, they really tried to get after it and compete but our bodies, ” Hillsman said. “I mean we’re down two point guards and we had to end up playing Britt at the point some and it didn’t work out for us tonight.”

Coming off a 26 point, 11 rebound performance against Boston College, Howard said her thought process was to get her teammates involved first and then finding her spots.

“When they can get me the ball, I just score and do my own thing when I’m out there.”

The difference in the game besides the hot outside shooting of the Seminoles, was their ability to crash the boards; out-rebounding Syracuse 43-24 in the game (13-11 OFF. Reb) and (30-13 DEF. Reb).

Deja vu:

Shakeya Leary scored the first four points for the Orange and had four steals, contributing to Howard’s five total turnovers. However, Howard would win the battle, taking over the paint and Leary was held without a rebound in the game.

“Natasha was scoring, she was running the floor well… just finishing and being really effective getting to the line and just being real aggressive,” Leary said.

In an eerily similar fashion to their last home loss against Maryland, Syracuse got off to a fast start going 4-4 from the field to take an early 9-2 lead causing Florida State to regroup with a timeout.

But since that time in the huddle, the tempo slowed down and Syracuse would be outscored 81 to 50 the rest of the way.

“You’re in a new environment and none of them have ever played in a dome before,” Semrau said. “It was just refocusing, making sure that we knew where the shooters are and just plugging away and not panicking.”

Home woes:

The Orange struggled to adjust without starting point guard Rachel Coffey and backup point guard Cornelia Fondren — both of whom were declared unable to go right before tip-off due to sickness.

“When you take two players out of the lineup, who are getting major minutes, you’re going to struggle a little bit,” Hillsman said.

Held to a season-low six points, well below her season average of 17.6 per game, Brittney Sykes was in unfamiliar territory.

“It was real frustrating, but I had to put aside the frustration and help my team on the bench,” she said. “I had to just find something else to do if I wasn’t playing well, I just have to be there for my team more than just scoring.”

“Second half they did a very good job of getting some early leak-outs, getting some easy looks at the basket,” Hillsman said. “When you start getting those looks in a game that’s a 17, 16 point game you’re going to struggle to make up that balance.”

Semrau was thrilled her team did not let up against a Syracuse team sporting a different starting lineup for the first time all season.

“I was really proud of how my team, stayed focused… and didn’t let up knowing that a great point guard wasn’t on the floor.” 

Unusual trend:

Starting two Freshman Alexis Peterson and Isabella Slim, along with mainstays Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler, and Shakeya Leary the Orange could not find the same rhythm that comes with maintaining continuity out on the floor.

“Have to give Alexis a lot of credit, she played 34 minutes, nine assists and two turnovers; that’s a tremendous ratio,” Hillsman said.

After the game, Semrau said that the addition of Syracuse to the ACC has really been a benefit to the league. She also added that the Orange were not the same team without the full arsenal of players.

“I don’t think that was characteristic of Syracuse… tonight. They have great shooters on their team, we were really worried about Butler and I know that they missed Coffey not being in the lineup.”

 

First timer:

In her first career start with Coffey out, Peterson was held scoreless but contributed those nine assists.

“I learned last night that I’d be starting, ” she said. “I thought I played fairly decent, I think I could done something more to help the team out by not turning the ball over.”

“My first goal is to always get my teammates involved. Being the point guard is to run the team and control the tempo… my missed shots didn’t really affect me, I just took them when I was open.”

Despite the injuries to Coffey and Fondren, a bright spot for the Orange was the night of La’Shay Taft, who stepped up to score a game-high 18 for Syracuse in just 20 minutes of action. 15 of her total came beyond the arc with five 3-pointers.

Bounce back:

With the loss, Syracuse slips back to .500 in the tough ACC. But Sykes and the Orange are not letting the setback deter them from their season-ending goals.

“The good thing about it is this conference,” Hillsman said. Thursday, Sunday is great because Sunday will be here in a short minute.”

“In basketball the greatest thing you can have is short-term memory,” Sykes added. “To come back from Notre Dame, play Florida State at home and have a loss like we did it’s on to the next game.”

“You go into film the next day… you learn from your mistakes and try not to make them again. We have to win the rest of these games on the road and at home.”

Reaction:

After the game when it was announced that Howard set the school record, she turned to Coach Semrau incredulously asking,” really?!” Semrau responded with a beaming smile and nod.

When asked where does her performance rank all-time for her career Howard put her career night in context.

“I really don’t know, I just go out and just play no matter what. Whether or not I score 40 points, I just want to win and help my team win,” she said. As for re-writing the Florida State record books.

“It feels good, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the coaches.”

“She’s a freak you guys,” Semrau joked. “She might be Tyler Ennis.”


Game notes
:

  • Syracuse donned pink jerseys and sneakers at tonight’s game to support the Play4Kay Initiative and its fund for Breast Cancer awareness research. The foundation honors the memory of former North Carolina State Head Coach, Kay Yow, who passed away in 2009
  • Natasha Howard’s record-setting 40-point night, breaks the mark previously set in 2005 by Roneeka Hodges, who scored 39 against Maryland
  • Senior, Cheetah Delgado who set a school record assist total in FSU’s previous game against Boston College, added 12 more against SU
  • Howard was also named to the Wade trophy candidate watch list, an annual honor given to the nation’s top Division I women’s college basketball player
  • Natasha Howard’s uncle LaSean, played basketball at SU for two seasons (1996-1998)
  • Syracuse shot 36 percent in tonight’s game after shooting just 32 percent in the previous game against Notre Dame
  • With the loss Syracuse now drops to 7th in the ACC at (6-6) while Florida State remains 9th at (5-6)
  • Tonight’s game was also Syracuse’s Brianna Butler’s 20th Birthday
  • Both Rachel Coffey’s and Cornelia Fondren’s game-status against Boston College is unknown per SU Athletics and Head Coach Quentin Hillsman
  • Syracuse will head on the road to play Boston College this Sunday (2/16/14) at 1:00 PM (ET)

Videos:

Coach Hillsman postgame:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdsYdG1ma98

SU players postgame:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcUwBc9qwkM

FSU postgame:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWn19Rc3aHk

 

 

Orange Lacrosse Men Pound Siena in Opener

February 11, 2014

Donahue gets eight goals for SU Story and video by Mike McCann Photo by Norman Seawright III Superstars don’t grow on trees, and one game is certainly not enough to classify a player as a superstar. But Syracuse redshirt sophomore Dylan Donahue put forth a superstar effort on his way to eight goals (one assist) […]

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Donahue gets eight goals for SU

Story and video by Mike McCann

Photo by Norman Seawright III

Superstars don’t grow on trees, and one game is certainly not enough to classify a player as a superstar. But Syracuse redshirt sophomore Dylan Donahue put forth a superstar effort on his way to eight goals (one assist) in No. 1 Syracuse’s 19-7 opening night win over Siena, in front of 2,015 people at the Carrier Dome Monday night.

“Dylan picked up where he left off last year,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.”He, in particular did a great job tonight.”

The last time a Syracuse player scored more than seven goals in a game was 1999 when Matt Cutia achieved the feat against Rutgers. At the time, Donahue was four years old.

“I don’t think [it feels any different],” Donahue said of achieving the mark. “It was a pretty good team effort today, we’ve been working  well all week together and it’s been fun to play with everyone.”

Donahue is capable of scoring in bunches. He had eight goals in last year’s NCAA tournament. The only difference was it took him four games to get those eight goals. These eight he got in three quarters. 

 Help

But Donahue was only one piece of the offense. Junior Attack Kevin Rice had eight assists in the game. You have to go back even farther for the last time an Orange player had that many “helpers” in a contest; the oldest of the Powell brothers Casey had eight assists against Loyola in May of 1997.

“It’s nice for us to get the points, but most of the work was done by our middies,” Rice said. “They were beating their guys, and forcing rotations…and that’s what opens up Dylan and (me).”

Everyone on Syracuse pitched in to the team win. While Donahue scored his eight goals, no other Orange player had more than one. And while Rice had eight assists, only Randy Staats had more than one, with two. 

Syracuse spread the wealth around all night. 13 different players had at least a point, and it’s that balance that could help Syracuse succeed all year. Still it was Rice and Powell who seemed the most in sync.

“We were playing or working out together four or five times a week this summer,” Rice said. “I think that definitely helps with our communication and just knowing each other’s tendencies.”

Situation in net?

Desko’s decision as to who starts in goal for the Orange could be something to watch in the future. After playing the entire first, Dominic Lamolinara was lifted in the second half in favor of Bobby Wardwell. Redshirt freshman Evan Molloy finished the game in net.

After the game, Desko was quick to point out that Wardwell had been playing in the second half of the team’s scrimmages, downplaying the notion that there is a “situation” in goal for the Orange. Lamolinara, who was in net for the National Championship run, did not see much of a problem, either.

“As long as we keep winning, that’s all I care about,” Lamolinara said. “Bob’s really happy for me when I’m doing well, and same for him.”

Back to basics

The game was the first one that counted since Syracuse lost to Duke in last year’s National Championship.

“It was great to be back in the Carrier Dome,” Desko said. “I thought guys were ready to play right from the beginning.”

The next opponent that the Orange will see is the same that topped Syracuse in last year’s season opener: the Albany Great Danes.

“When you think of Albany, you think of that tremendous attack right off the bat,” Desko said. “Possesions will be very important for us…we know they’re special and they can really make things happen at their offensive end of the field.”

Albany and Syracuse face off in the Dome next Sunday, with the game slated to start at 4:00 P.M.

Video Report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WiYOgKPYxM

John Desko News Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdhmaOp53nA

Donahue, Rice, and Lamolinara News Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCR-52dK5s0

More photos:http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/syracuse-v-siena-photos.html

Orange Beats Clemson; Goes to 23-0

February 10, 2014

Story, photo and videos by: Mike McCann    The number 23 has stood for basketball royalty since Michael Jordan donned the number at North Carolina. For Syracuse it’s not the jersey number; it’s the number of wins so far that puts the team among the elite. But if greatness can truly recognize greatness, then Jordan […]

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Story, photo and videos by: Mike McCann

 

 The number 23 has stood for basketball royalty since Michael Jordan donned the number at North Carolina. For Syracuse it’s not the jersey number; it’s the number of wins so far that puts the team among the elite. But if greatness can truly recognize greatness, then Jordan presumably would be impressed by #1 Syracuse’s (23-0; 10-0 ACC) effort against a stingy Clemson (15-7; 6-4 ACC) team Sunday night, on the way to a 57-44 win, its 23rd of the season.

 That’s where this team seems headed right now: greatness. Syracuse is unbeaten, winning games just about any way imaginable. The Orange has done it with defense, it has done it with offense. It has done it with pure grit. On this night it did it with patience.

 Here Syracuse is, 23-0, on top of the college basketball rankings for at least another week.

 “We feel good,” said Rakeem Christmas, in the locker room after the game. “We don’t look as the record as much, we don’t talk about it, we just go out and have fun.”

 Well the team might not be looking at the record, but the nation certainly is.

 

Taking down Clemson

 A week after receiving all the first place votes in both polls, the Orange displayed a performance against Notre Dame that left something to be desired.

 And after a sluggish start to this game against Clemson, Syracuse picked it up towards the end of the first half.

 “I thought our defense was good, our patience was good, but we didn’t rebound a couple times we needed to,” Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said. “We did a good job on both ends of the court.”

 The Orange turned the ball over only five times for the game, while forcing 13 Clemson turnovers. But Clemson plays at an extremely slow pace, and forces its opponents into a half court setting.

 It makes it difficult to pull away, something the Orange didn’t do until late in the game.

 “You don’t want to be behind in any game, but you really don’t want to be behind in a slow game,” Boeheim said. “A six or eight point lead can be a pretty substantial lead in a game like this.”

 Syracuse led by nine at the break, finishing the first half on a 9-0 run after the game was tied at 22. In the second half, CJ Fair and Jerami Grant combined for six of the first eight points the Orange scored, and pushed the lead to 12.

 

 “[Fair’s] a great player,” Grant said. “We have a kind of chemistry, we talk a lot, just figuring out the open spots to get to and stuff like that.”

 Fair certainly found the open spots all night. He led the Orange with 19 points in a very important bounce back game for him; he scored only six points on 2-13 shooting against Notre Dame.

 “He’s played great, this was I thought his most efficient game of the year,” Boeheim said of Fair. “He hit a couple of big shots…this was one of his best games this year.”

 But Fair had help. After Clemson cut the lead to five with just over ten minutes left in the game, Tyler Ennis took the game in his own hands, finishing two layups and assisting on a Trevor Cooney three to put the game away.

 “There’s certain times I’m more aggressive and attacking,” Ennis said. “It’s just pretty much feeling the game out.”

 

Win with a cost

It seems all peachy that the Orange ran through Clemson, but the win could end up hurting Syracuse for one reason: Baye Moussa Keita’s injury.

 The Senior Center went down in the first half with a sprained knee and did not return, and according to Boeheim, his status remains up in the air.

 While Keita isn’t known for lighting up the score sheet, he provides valuable depth at a position where the Orange is now paper thin.

 If Keita can’t go, that now means both he and Dajuan Coleman (lost for the year) could not help out Rakeem Christmas if Christmas were to get in foul trouble. And it limits an already depleted group of front line bench guys for Boeheim.

 The scenario played out tonight, when Rakeem Christmas picked up his fourth foul with 13:16 left in the game.

 “I just have to make better decisions,” Christmas said. “I can’t be less aggressive, it just has to be better decisions.”

 Without Christmas in, Jerami Grant moved to the center position, and filled in nicely.

 

A familiar foe

Syracuse now starts the final stretch that includes playing three teams it has already seen once this year; Pitt, BC and Duke. It starts with a trip to Pittsburgh to meet a Panther team that will be very hungry for revenge for SU’s 59-54 win at the Carrier Dome Jan. 18.

 “We just have to continue to make plays in the half court,” Ennis said. “We have to pretty much get our guys open and make shots.”

 Since Syracuse beat Pittsburgh, the Panthers are 4-2, with both losses coming at the Peterson Events Center, a place known for its hostility.

 “I’m looking forward to it,” Ennis said. “Hopefully we’ll come out with a W, and it’ll be a great experience.”

 The Orange puts its 23-0 record on the line Wednesday night against Pitt. The game tips at 7:00 and can be seen on ESPN.

 

Video Report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_xGiHeornQ

Jim Boeheim Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goYg3LSL9NE

CJ Fair Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0twvy0TqxQ

Trevor Cooney Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V6f8YDsxlE

Rakeem Christmas Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUYgQz2lw3A

Tyler Ennis Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzUfJhwmVIE

Jerami Grant Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d66EBUsq7UA

 

 

Orange Sports in Pictures – Volleyball

February 7, 2014

Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Michael Silver has been shooting still photos of SU competition all this school year for Citrus TV Sports. Now he has put together slide shows of the competitions. The first is from SU’s Volleyball win over Rutgers.   http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/syracuse-volleyball-vs-rutgers-photos.html        

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Newhouse Sports Media Center’s Michael Silver has been shooting still photos of SU competition all this school year for Citrus TV Sports. Now he has put together slide shows of the competitions.

The first is from SU’s Volleyball win over Rutgers.

 

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/syracuse-volleyball-vs-rutgers-photos.html

 

 

 

 

SU’s Hard-nosed Coach on his New Recruits

February 7, 2014

  By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE, NY (Newhouse Sports Media Center)—  Syracuse Head Football Coach Scott Shafer held a news conference on Wednesday to announce and discuss the National Letter of Intent Class for 2014. Judging by his opening remarks on a day SU shut down classes early because of a snowstorm, Shafer is hoping his players […]

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By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE, NY (Newhouse Sports Media Center)—  Syracuse Head Football Coach Scott Shafer held a news conference on Wednesday to announce and discuss the National Letter of Intent Class for 2014. Judging by his opening remarks on a day SU shut down classes early because of a snowstorm, Shafer is hoping his players are at least as tough as the reporters covering the team.

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The Class

  • QB: Alin Edouard (Miami, FL)
  • WR: Jamal Custis (Philadelphia, PA), Adly Enoicy (Delray Beach, FL), Steve Ishmael (Miami, FL) and KJ Williams (Bethlehem, PA)
  • RB: Ervin Philips (West Haven, CT)
  • OL: Aaron Roberts (Chicago, IL) and Denzel Ward (Chicago, IL)
  • DL: Jalen Harvey (Birmingham, AL), Kayton Samuels (Ellenwood, GA) and Chris Slayton (University Park, IL)
  • LB: Parris Bennett (Detroit, MI), Zaire Franklin (Philadelphia, PA), Colton Moskal (Lake Zurich, IL) and Jonathan Thomas (Lawrenceville, GA)
  • DB: Antwan Cordy (Homestead, FL), Lamar Dawson (Chicago, IL), Juwan Dowels (Sunrise, FL), Naesean Howard (Syracuse, NY), Cordell Hudson (Largo, FL), Treevon Prater (East St. Louis, IL) and Rodney Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ)

January enrollees

  • QB: AJ Long (Lebanon, TN)
  • WR: Corey Cooper (Raleigh, NC)
  • DT: Wayne Williams (Brooklyn, NY)

 

At the news conference, Shafer said that when he and his team of coaches recruited players for this season, their focus was to find young men of character and creating balance at positions across the board. After his initial statement, the press conference opened for questions about personnel decisions, but the common theme was “we’ll have to wait and see” until these players finally get to the football field.

Shafer also said that we will truly know this the class of 2014’s impact in three years.

Orange Women Wallop Hokies, Get 100th Dome Win

February 7, 2014

Story, photo and videos by Max Berkowitz It was a special night at the Carrier Dome. The Orange women donned pink uniforms with white lettering and pink sneakers for the “play4kay” foundation  which honors the former Stanford coach Kay Yow who was lost to breast cancer. It was also the first time the Syracuse women’s basketball […]

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Story, photo and videos by Max Berkowitz

It was a special night at the Carrier Dome. The Orange women donned pink uniforms with white lettering and pink sneakers for the “play4kay” foundation  which honors the former Stanford coach Kay Yow who was lost to breast cancer.

It was also the first time the Syracuse women’s basketball team faced off against the Virginia Tech Hokies since 2004, when they were Big East foes. 

Syracuse (16-6, 5-4 ACC) came into this game after a beating by #8 Maryland 89-64 at home on Sunday, and Virginia Tech ( 11-10, 1-7 ACC) had just snapped an eight game losing streak by getting past Boston College in overtime.

The Orange made it look easy on this night, taking the Hokies 73-48. It was largely due to brilliant play by Brittney Sykes who scored a career high 31 points.

 

First Half:  Hokies get psyched by Sykes

Both teams started the game off with some sloppy play. But, the Orange soon ran away with the game literally and figuratively.

“We wanted to … get out in transition, up and down the floor, and get easy baskets,” SU Coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game.

Point Guard Rachel Coffey kept feeding the ball to Sykes. When Sykes had the ball on the run, she could not be stopped. She began the game with 12 points in the first seven minutes of play.

The Orange led at the half 43-22.

Sykes’ 21 points in the first half were the most in a half by an SU player since Nicole Michaels scored 26 in 2009 against Binghamton. 

While Hillsman was impressed with Sykes play on the offensive end he didn’t love her entire game.

“I told her at halftime that she blew two (defensive) assignments, and after a timeout I told her I had to get her out of the game,” he said.

Sykes said she didn’t even know she had 21 points at the half.

“The only thing I was worried about was carrying that energy into the second half,” she said.

 

Second half: Orange keeps rolling

Syracuse started exactly where it left off in the first half – dominating. Briana Day used her 6’4″ frame to her advantage. Anyone who dared to go inside the paint would be stopped by Day. She finished with 12 rebounds and a career-best six blocks.

Sykes didn’t score her first point of the second half until the 14 minute mark. Hillsman took  her out of the game with five minutes to go after she scored her 31st point.

“She is phenomenal, she is very, very good obviously,” Hillsman said. “Attacking the rim, getting in the paint, she was really hard tonight.”

With the win, the Syracuse Women’s basketball team surpassed a milestone, winning for the 100th time in the Carrier Dome.

 

Next Matchup

The Orange plays at #2 Notre Dame on Sunday, Feb. 9th 2014 at 7pm.

 

Coach Hillsman news conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkNrMiZlcrw&feature=youtu.be

Players’ news conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZL74tB3umI&feature=youtu.be

Cooney Leads Orange Over Fighting Irish

February 4, 2014

No. 1 SU stays unbeaten at 22-0 Story and photos by Ethan Joyce  Four minutes into Syracuse’s game against Notre Dame, Trevor Cooney rose for a jumper. Orange fans slung three fingers to the sky, holding their breath as the ball flew through the air. But when his first shot clanged off the rim, 25,000 […]

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No. 1 SU stays unbeaten at 22-0

Story and photos by Ethan Joyce 

Four minutes into Syracuse’s game against Notre Dame, Trevor Cooney rose for a jumper. Orange fans slung three fingers to the sky, holding their breath as the ball flew through the air. But when his first shot clanged off the rim, 25,000 pairs of hands dropped in disappointment.

Cooney didn’t disappoint fans for long though. He hit his next one. And the one after, spearheading a 13-0 run for the Orange with five minutes to go in the half. Cooney went on to score a personal best 33 points in 61-55 win for the Orange.

 The output was a personal best that came from a career-high nine 3-pointers, which tied the school record for 3’s in a game.

Cooney said Coach Jim Boeheim had only one message for his hot shooter: Do it again.

“He just said keep going,” Cooney said after the game. “He just saw how they were playing me, and he said to keep shooting.”

In its debut as the No. 1 team in the nation, the Orange needed it. Other than Cooney, no other Syracuse basketball player scored over ten points, which irked Boeheim.

“Fortunately, Trevor must have gotten the message early that they [his teammates] were not going to play well,” Boeheim said. “I thought that the players did a good job getting him open, and I thought he made some good moves . . . with the dribble.”

Boeheim noted that both Notre Dame and Syracuse had trouble scoring. Even with Cooney’s hot hand, the Orange shot only 44 percent from the field in the first half. Luckily for SU, Notre Dame performed worse, scoring just eight points in the first, while shooting only 30 percent.

Boeheim said that even though Notre Dame is not a strong defensive team, his team couldn’t take advantage and failed to ever find an offensive rhythm.

“It was just one of those games where we were not sharp at all,” Boeheim said. “It is a completely different game [than the one against Duke]. We could drive against Duke, but you can’t drive against this team.”

Notre Dame outrebounded the Orange, 33-29, with Garrick Sherman and Pat Connaughton grabbing eight rebounds apiece. They also clogged the lane on defense, pestering Cuse’s starting frontline (Grant, Fair and Christmas) to shoot 26 percent from the field.

C.J. Fair struggled the most, scoring six points on a 2-for-13 shooting effort. After scoring 28 points against Duke on Saturday, Fair said  Cooney’s effort is the only thing that saved Syracuse from a loss. That said, Fair knows that he must play better for the team to continue to succeed.

“It was tough to get going, because I wanted to make the jump shots I am normally making,” Fair said. “They (Notre Dame) were daring me to shoot it and they wouldn’t let me drive. Once you aren’t making jumpers, it is hard to do anything else but pass it back off.”

Now with almost a week off, Boeheim is glad that his team can get some rest after playing four games in ten days. However, a win like that has helped prove his team’s mettle, and kept its 22-game win streak alive.

“You have got to find a way to win these games,” Boeheim said. “It is always tough playing four games in ten days, but we got through it. We will be able to get a couple days of rest in, and I think that will be good for us.”

Syracuse’s next game will be at home on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. against Clemson.

Video:

Coach Boeheim News Conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhr1JrYxStQ

 

Box Score, quotes, more from suathletics.com:

http://cuse.com/news/2014/2/3/MBB_UND020314.aspx#.UvDg3ct3u70

 

 

Terps Stop SU Women’s Streak

February 2, 2014

Story by Jennifer Ready Photo and videos by Rilwan Ameen Coming off a big ACC road win against the #6 North Carolina Tar Heels last week, the Syracuse Women’s Basketball team returned to the Carrier Dome looking to keep it going against #8 Maryland (17-4, 5-3 ACC) Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Terrapins snapped the Orange’s […]

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Story by Jennifer Ready

Photo and videos by Rilwan Ameen

Coming off a big ACC road win against the #6 North Carolina Tar Heels last week, the Syracuse Women’s Basketball team returned to the Carrier Dome looking to keep it going against #8 Maryland (17-4, 5-3 ACC) Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Terrapins snapped the Orange’s four-game winning streak in an 89-64 romp.

The win gave Maryland a sweep of the home-and-home series with SU, having won the first game 77-62 just over two weeks ago in College Park.

Early lead for the Orange

Syracuse (16-6, 5-4 ACC) took an 8-4 lead over the Terrapins early in the game, giving the Orange fans among the crowd of 1,312 hope they were going to see the Orange defeat another top ranked team.

But after three straight losses, Maryland Freshmen Lexie Brown and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough dashed that hope quickly, leading the Terrapins to outscore the Orange 42-21 in the rest of the half for a 46-29 advantage.

“You’re not going to beat a team when they shoot 69 percent from the field and you shoot in the thirties,” SU Coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game.”You have to come out ready to play a team whose a very good team. They’re in a losing streak so they knew how important it was to get this game to stay in contention in the ACC.”

Brown led the Terrapins with 31 points against the Orange, hitting seven of her eight shots from the outside including four in the second half.

Shatori Walker-Kimborough and Alyssa Thomas also had contributing roles in the Terrapin win, Walker-Kimborough put up 17 points and seven rebounds while Thomas added a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

Time to Adjust

Wiith a 17-point deficit at halftime, the Orange changed defensive strategy early in the second half, implementing a full-court press on the Terrapins. The press led to two steals by Taylor Ford and Brittney Sykes, who scored six points in the Orange 8-0 run early in the second half.

Sophomore guard Brittany Sykes, scoring 22 points against Maryland today, banked 15 of those 22 points in the second half trying to help her team get back in the game.

“After I realized that they weren’t really getting back in transition, that was leading me to the basket,” Sykes said.” Getting passes from Brianna Butler and Cornelia Fondren and them giving up the ball…led to easy layups to get back in the game and transition so I knew that was going to be a big part of the game.”

Brianna Butler who scored her career high 22 points, against the Tar Heels last week was unable to duplicate the effort, only putting up nine points, shooting 4-20 from the field.

“They were definitely playing a lot more aggressive and more outside the 3-point line so it created a lot more of an opportunity to drive, but I just wasn’t about to connect today,” said Butler after the game, explaining her ability to get to the hoop.

ACC Play

Despite the loss, the Orange is still in the top half of the ACC standings which feature six teams in the top twenty-five (#2 Notre Dame, #3 Duke, #6 Maryland, #9 North Carolina, #18 Florida State, #21 NC State) and four teams in the top ten (#2 Notre Dame, #3 Duke, #6 Maryland, and #9 North Carolina).

The experience and opportunity to face these teams has been a benefit for the Orange in their inaugural season in the ACC, Butler said.

“Playing these teams, it preps you and it makes you realize that your playing against great competition and you’ll probably see them in the NCAA tournament so you won’t be blindsided by the competition. You know there is greater competition out there but to play against some of the best teams in the ACC really does prepare you.”

 

Next Up

The Orange will host Virginia Tech on Thursday, February 6 at 7p.m at the Carrier Dome.

Video Report: http://youtu.be/8WkcTi7nLrc

Maryland Post-game Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFWfbf07NBU&feature=youtu.be

Syracuse Head Coach Quentin Hillsman News Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snNH2bUvGxM&feature=youtu.be

Syracuse Players News Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNBBNUQCVhM&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

Orange Wins a Classic Over Duke

February 2, 2014

  Story and Photo by Norman Seawright III The aging Carrier Dome hosted two firsts on the first of February: the Duke Blue Devils visited to play against Syracuse for the first time, and it was the first time Syracuse and Duke met as ACC rivals. The first win went to the Orange, 91-89 in overtime. You could […]

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Story and Photo by Norman Seawright III

The aging Carrier Dome hosted two firsts on the first of February: the Duke Blue Devils visited to play against Syracuse for the first time, and it was the first time Syracuse and Duke met as ACC rivals.

The first win went to the Orange, 91-89 in overtime.

You could pick any aspect of this game to talk about.

There’s ESPN’s game day crew keeping the Dome roaring starting at nine in the morning.

There’s Tyler Ennis and Jabari Parker, the freshman phenoms, whose presence and absence (when Parker fouled out) helped define the game for their teams.

You have Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski, the two coaches with the most wins in college basketball, who happen to have a strong friendship and mutual respect.

There are the students who camped out in “Boeheimburg,” just outside the dome, braving sub-zero temperatures until the university got them to agree to take a couple of overnight breaks. They got the best seats in the student section.

There’s the NCAA on-campus record 35,446 people who attended the game and the national anthem performance by Syracuse alum Vanessa Williams.

All of those are interesting stories, but it’s important to remember that two excellent ACC teams played two halves and an extra period of excellent basketball, leading to Syracuse’s best start ever.

Syracuse shook the Dome’s foundation–maybe
The Orange got onto the scoreboard early after Tyler Thornton fouled Ennis who converted both free throws in the first minute of the game, and after a layup from Rakeem Christmas, Cuse held the lead until Andre Dawkins hit a three-point shot with 11:45 to go to put Duke up 13-10.

While not the top scorer for Syracuse, Ennis showed tremendous leadership. The point guard led the team with nine assists while scoring 14 himself.

In the second half and into overtime, with Parker and Jefferson fouled out, Duke switched to a four-guard offensive; Boeheim credited Jerami Grant for his play.

“He was able to get post down low and get some buckets on the overtime,” Boeheim said.

Grant scored 24 points, and led the overtime scoring with eight points, including three dunks over a smaller defender.

Rakeem Christmas scored just seven points, but his presence on the court was felt–literally. After a thundering block against Parker in the second half, the Dome erupted into cheering that seemed to shake its foundation.

Trevor Cooney took just two three-pointers but made them both and the crowd went wild each time. Cooney had 14 points overall.

But it was Orange senior and pre-season ACC player of the year C.J. Fair who was the leader. He was all over the court all night.

“He broke out of a good solid player into a great player,” Boeheim said. “He was a great player tonight.”
Fair led scoring for Syracuse with 28 points, including one of two free throws near the end of overtime to give Syracuse a two point lead.

“It’s big,” Fair said. “Coming in this game, knowing it’s going to be one of the biggest games in history; for me to have a career night is unbelievable.”

Duke fought to the end 
An emotional Krzyzewski agreed about the game being huge.

Although he was hoping for a foul when Rodney Hood missed a dunk in overtime, Coach K refused to dwell on it.

“This game is too good to talk about one play,” he said. “I’m not going there at all. You’re going there. I’m not going there.”

Standout Jabari Parker scored 15 points and five offensive rebounds (nine total), but had to watch the last two minutes and the overtime from the bench.

After Parker fouled out late in the second, the weight of the plays in the paint fell squarely onto Amile Jefferson, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds (six offensive) before himself fouling out with 31 seconds left in regulation.

The game seemed to be over when Ennis made two free throws for a 78-75 lead with five seconds left in the second half. But Rasheed Sulaimon rushed down the court, fired from the hip beyond the arc and nailed the three at the buzzer. The Dome fell silent before the crowd again swelled in anticipation of some extra minutes of play.  Sulaimon recorded 16 points, leading the Blue Devils.

Rodney Hood and Andre Dawkins both added 14 points, taking numerous outside shots each to keep the Blue Devils in the game. Hood was 3-7 and Dawkins 4-9 from long range. But it was Tyler Thornton’s three straight bombs that pulled the Blue Devils back from a seven-point deficit late in regulation. Duke had 15 threes in 36 tries for the game.

What’s next for both teams
Syracuse will try to extend its best start ever (21-0, 8-0 in the ACC) hosting Notre Dame on Monday night. The Orange will be ranked No.1 after Arizona’s two-point loss to Cal Saturday night.

Duke will host Wake Forest on Tuesday.

Video:

Recap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRiBAZMIYW8

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpAL7-6umSY

 Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLrNdaJdJI

 Tyler Ennis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6qLSm7esOE

 Jerami Grant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqpXlsEgzHQ

 Trevor Cooney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBaZ-pki_Lw

 C.J. Fair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBaZ-pki_Lw

 

SU Women Stop Virginia

January 26, 2014

Sykes hits career high Story and photo by Chelsea Brobst                 The last game between Virginia and Syracuse was decided with less than a second left. On Nov. 24, 2012, Elashier Hall made a pair of free throws to give Syracuse a 74-73 win in the San Juan Shootout. This time the game wasn’t quite […]

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Sykes hits career high

Story and photo by Chelsea Brobst

                The last game between Virginia and Syracuse was decided with less than a second left. On Nov. 24, 2012, Elashier Hall made a pair of free throws to give Syracuse a 74-73 win in the San Juan Shootout. This time the game wasn’t quite as dramatic. With a few minutes left in the game, Syracuse managed to pull away and win 84-75.

             After a first half that saw Syracuse (15-5, 4-3 ACC) commit 16 turnovers, Sophomore Brittney Sykes scored 18 points in the second half to help lead her team to victory. With a total of 27 points, Sykes now has a new career high.

             Head coach Quentin Hillsman was pleased with Sykes performance and her ability to battle the whole game. “Today was about Brittney Sykes’ willingness to win,” Hillsman said. “Once she gets going and she gets out in transition she’s tough. She becomes more aggressive when the game gets on the line. I tell her every day. You don’t score, we lose.”

                Hillsman was also pleased with the play of Senior Rachel Coffey. “Today Rachel Coffey was tremendous. She made shots, she didn’t turn the ball over and every time we needed a big shot and she was open, she knocked it down,” Hillsman said.

                Virginia (10-10, 3-4 ACC) head coach Joanne Boyle agreed that Coffey was a difference maker in the game. “Good players show up when they’re needed.” Coffey was one of three Syracuse players to reach double digits. She finished with 17 points and was 5-8 from behind the arc.

                One of Coffey’s better shots came as the first half was ending. She hit a big 3 pointer at the buzzer to give her team a 37-33 cushion heading into the break. She admitted after the game that she didn’t expect it to go in and it was more luck than anything else. 

             Sophomore Brianna Butler had 12 assists and 16 points for her first double-double and was the third Syracuse player to reach double digits. She also had seven defensive rebounds to aid the comeback.

             Hillsman said that he has told Butler and Sykes that they need to score in order for the team to have success. “If we don’t score it’s because you two aren’t scoring.”

        Sykes agreed that she has to step up for her team especially in the second half. “I have to be there for my team when needed. It’s just the second half is when you figure out what you did wrong in the first half and you critique it and you fix it.”

Sykes started the second half with two steals that led to two quick baskets and helped to build an eleven point lead and spark her team. “That’s how we build off our momentum and go on our runs. Playing aggressive defense, making shots, making plays,” Sykes said.

            Syracuse’s cutting down on turnovers in the second half caused the Virginia offense to stall. In the first half the Cavaliers were able to capitalize on the Syracuse turnovers. In the second half Virginia only managed five points off turnovers.

             Sarah Imovbioh and Kelsey Wolfe did their best to keep the Cavaliers in the game, combining for a total of 39 points. But in the end, Syracuse proved to be too much for them.

             Syracuse has a tough road ahead as the Orange women will be taking on two top-10 teams this week. The Orange will head to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels Thursday night. That game is followed by a home matchup with the University of Maryland next Sunday.

 

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