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Wheddon Can Hardly Wait

December 22, 2013

By Pete Sweeney  The Florida State Women’s Soccer team arrived in Syracuse on October 10th ranked as third best team in the country. The Seminoles boasted a record of eleven wins, no losses and three ties. The ACC Tournament was already marked in their game calendar. The Orange was in a very different position. At […]

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By Pete Sweeney 

The Florida State Women’s Soccer team arrived in Syracuse on October 10th ranked as third best team in the country. The Seminoles boasted a record of eleven wins, no losses and three ties. The ACC Tournament was already marked in their game calendar.

The Orange was in a very different position. At 5-7-1 with just six games to play, the team needed to win just about every game it had left.

 For 94 minutes, Florida State and Syracuse played scoreless soccer. But in the 95th minute, Florida State midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir headed the game-winning goal past Orange goalie Brittany Anghel. There would be no more scoring the rest of the game.

 For Florida State, it was just another win on an impressive season’s resume. But for Syracuse, this game was a microcosm of its season.

 Three other times during the year, Syracuse played teams ranked 10th or better and lost by a score of 1-0. The team could play with the best, but it could not beat the best. Syracuse wasn’t winning in the ACC, but it was proving that it belonged in the ACC. There’s no one in the conference who can deny that.

 “After going through a season, I did talk to some other coaches in the ACC [and] asked for their impressions of the team,” Head Coach Phil Wheddon said. “And the underlying factor from every coach is they knew it was going to be a very, very difficult game.”

 While Syracuse finished the year 7-11-1 and missed the playoffs, the campaign was important in building the Orange’s identity moving forward into next season. This year, opposing teams saw the Orange as a tough game on the schedule. But the women who are returning want more. That’s why it’s December and you can find players in the gym every day, preparing for a first whistle that won’t come for another eight months.

“We will be faster, more athletic, more skillful,” Wheddon said. “The group that’s here training right now wants this so badly. We have soccer junkies that want to play. They want to take care of all their schoolwork so they can play. We’re definitely in the ACC Tournament [next year] for sure.”

To follow up on his bold statement, Wheddon and his staff will need to find an ample replacement for his five departing seniors, including four-year starting goaltender and team leader Brittany Anghel. This could make for a tall task in the ACC.

“The goalkeepers that we have coming in are going to have to catch up to speed very very quickly,” said Wheddon. “We’re going to have some issues in the goal for sure. You are going to have some growing pains. Brittany had those during her first season. The only problem is, in the ACC those growing pains can really cost you.”

Still, with all of the challenges that lie ahead, Wheddon couldn’t be more enthusiastic for what next year will bring.  He and his staff have worked diligently to bring in a highly-talented recruiting class and he believes that this team will be unlike any other before it.

“We will have, without a doubt, the best team that Syracuse has ever had.”

Does someone have a pen? Wheddon thinks it’s time to mark the ACC tournament in his team’s game calendar.

Video

10 Questions With Coach Wheddon – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm5KCHY6NpU

 

SU Turns Close Game to Rout

December 21, 2013

By: Donato DiRenzo II Tyler Ennis Photo courtesy: suathletics.com      The final score rarely tells the whole story, and Friday night’s 75-54 final at the Carrier Dome left a lot untold. The Syracuse Orange (11-0) beat High Point University (3-7) by 21 but, did trail for a moment in the second half. There was no mystery in Syracuse […]

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By: Donato DiRenzo II

Tyler Ennis Photo courtesy: suathletics.com

     The final score rarely tells the whole story, and Friday night’s 75-54 final at the Carrier Dome left a lot untold. The Syracuse Orange (11-0) beat High Point University (3-7) by 21 but, did trail for a moment in the second half. There was no mystery in Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s mind as to what made the difference. 

     “We didn’t play defense, aggressively,” Boeheim said. “Our offense was really good in the first half, but were up three [at the half] because our defense wasn’t there.” 

     Coming off arguably his worst performance of his career (zero points missing all three of the shots he took against St. John’s) Trevor Cooney regained his touch scoring a game high 17 points (5-6 on threes).  

     “I wasn’t determined to put up a lot of shots, just be a better mover off the ball,” Cooney said. “Against St. John’s I didn’t do a good job of running or running in transition or coming off of screens and today I did a lot better job of that.” 

     C.J. Fair scored 15 (five rebounds, two steals) to help lead a Syracuse offense that was rolling for most of the night, shooting over 53 percent from both the field and three point land. 

     For all the success the Orange offense had, SU struggled early on the defensive end allowing HPU to shoot 50 percent from both the field and on threes. Credit the Panthers for forcing the Syracuse zone to work hard, patiently moving the ball from side to side prodding the zone.

     High Point seemed intent on draining as much of the shot clock as possible on offense, at times not even beginning to run a play until 10 seconds were left and did get bailed out by a couple of desperation shots that went in at the buzzer. The Panthers trailed by three at the half, 37-34.  

     The Orange was down 40-39 after a Devante Wallace (10 points, two rebounds) jumper with 16:39 left in the second half. It was the last the Panthers would see of the lead as Baye Moussa Keita quickly answered with an offensive rebound put-back. It was the next sequence of plays that seemed to shift the momentum back to the home team for good.

     With just under 16 minutes to play freshman Tyler Ennis (10 points, nine assists, five steals, four rebounds) converted a layup in transition, quickly stole the ensuing inbound pass and after a miss, collected his offensive rebound and scored another easy layup. It was the beginning of a 28-3 run by Syracuse over the next 10+ minutes of play that ended any thought of a High Point upset.

     The Orange locked down defensively holding the Panthers to 20 points in the second half on 35 percent shooting (25 percent on threes) and forcing them into 15 turnovers (19 for the game). The Orange finished the game with 12 steals, six blocks and +9 in the turnover margin leading to 27 points off turnovers for the Orange to only four for the Panthers . The 12 steals are almost two more than Syracuse’s ACC leading average (10.2).

`     “It was our defense our defense, it was ok at the beginning of the game then we kinda slacked off a little bit,” Cooney said. “Once we picked our defense up we were able to go on a nice little run.” 

     Jerami Grant and Keita both continued their solid play off the bench. Grant scored 10 points in 17 minutes (three rebounds, one block) while Keita added seven points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 19 minutes. Grant went out with an apparent sprained ankle after he slipped in the lane in the second half but returned to the bench and said later he was OK. 

     Wallace was the only High Point player to score in double figures. The Panthers leading scorer, John Brown, was held to just six points on 3-11 shooting but chipped in six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Also contributing was Cliff Cornish (six points, four rebounds), Dejuan McGaughy (seven points, 15 minutes) and Lorenzo Cugini (seven points, two assists).

     “It’s been a long two and a half, three months already,” Boeheim said. “I think we need the break now, I think it’ll be good for us. There’s a lot of things we can still work on when we get back up here.”

Next Up:

#2 Syracuse plays its next game against old Big East foe, Villanova next Saturday the 28th at 2:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Game Notes:

  • This was the first game High Point University has played in the state of New York
  • Syracuse is one of 12 unbeaten Division I teams left
  • Syracuse’s non-conference home winning streak improved to 48
  • The Orange dominated the points in paint 38-18

Video:

Boeheim Presser
Ennis Interview
Grant Interview
Cooney Interview

Proud to be Orange

December 19, 2013

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpNt6bMi588 By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – After about twenty minutes ticked by in Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer’s Texas Bowl press conference last Friday, a reporter in one of the first few rows finally had the floor. “Does it feel strange at all, still talking about—“ And with that, he was cut […]

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Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpNt6bMi588

By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – After about twenty minutes ticked by in Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer’s Texas Bowl press conference last Friday, a reporter in one of the first few rows finally had the floor.

“Does it feel strange at all, still talking about—“

And with that, he was cut off.

“This is my guy right here.” Coach Shafer said. “You’re a Syracuse guy, right?”

The reporter confirmed and Coach Shafer proudly pumped his fist in the air.

“Go Orange baby!”

It’s been five years since Scott Shafer arrived on the Syracuse campus. Then, it was 2009 and the challenge he faced was daunting—a defense that ranked 101 in the nation—one that he was expected to turn around. But as intimidating a task as that seemed, Shafer never balked. He rose up to the challenge with positivity, enthusiasm, energy, and a deep sense of pride.

Today, as Syracuse’s head coach, all of those same qualities he brought to the table originally have not waned. If anything, they seem to have only amplified.

As there are no major league professional teams in the area, members of the Syracuse community collectively share a strong connection with the university’s athletic programs, especially basketball and football.

 On the basketball end of things, there’s Jim Boeheim, someone that strong connection has made famous in this city and across the sports world. For more than 50 years, starting as a player and for the last 37 years as head coach, Boeheim has bled Syracuse Orange, a quality you can already tell Shafer shares in year one at the helm.

 “[The job has] been everything I expected and everything I signed up for,” Shafer said at the press conference.  “I love the job. I really do. I can’t believe I have had the opportunity to coach at Syracuse. Such a great institution.”

Boeheim provides someone for Coach Shafer to look up to. The basketball legacy of more than 900 wins, four Final Four appearances, and a national championship paints a clear picture of what Shafer strives for.

 “We’ve got a great blueprint watching Jim Boeheim build that program,” Shafer said. “I’m so lucky to have somebody like that to just watch, look, read about, ask questions about what it’s going to take to try to get our football program to some sort of level just close to what he’s done. Scratch the surface, I’d be happy.”

As far as beginnings go, Shafer started off in a similar fashion to Boeheim. Both men began as assistants who helped to turn their programs around by the time it was their turn to be a head coach.

Chart New

In Boeheim’s first season as head coach, he took Syracuse to the NCAA tournament and lost to Charlotte in the Sweet Sixteen.

In Shafer’s first season, he has done something a lot of fans and media did not think was possible before the season began—he has reached a bowl game.

On December 27, Shafer’s team will face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the Texas Bowl Championship. Beating Minnesota would clinch a winning season for the Orange, something Shafer hopes to make a precedent for years to come.

By having a chance to bring a trophy back to Syracuse, Shafer has earned the opportunity to take that first step of many that it will take to reach the likes of Jim Boeheim. 

But if you’re going to climb the mountain, you’ve got to start somewhere. 

Ian McIntyre: Coach, Counselor

December 17, 2013

By Jonathan Gault Photo courtesy suathletics.com  In the back of Syracuse men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre’s office sit two soccer balls perched atop two silver trophies. They’re easy to miss for a visitor in an office that contains signed jerseys of the U.S. national team, the New York Red Bulls and, McIntyre’s favorite club, Liverpool. […]

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By Jonathan Gault

Photo courtesy suathletics.com

 In the back of Syracuse men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre’s office sit two soccer balls perched atop two silver trophies. They’re easy to miss for a visitor in an office that contains signed jerseys of the U.S. national team, the New York Red Bulls and, McIntyre’s favorite club, Liverpool. But every time he looks up, the 39-year-old McIntyre can see those balls.

 “We’re trying to get a few more,” McIntyre says in his English accent.

 Those balls are from Syracuse’s two NCAA tournament wins in 2012 – the first two NCAA wins in the program’s 84-year history. But more important than the balls is what’s written on them – the signatures of every Orange player on the 2012 team.

 “It’s not always just wins and losses,” McIntyre says. “Our soccer family gets stretched every year and I’ve been very fortunate to work with some outstanding young men. We’re in the business of 18- to 22-year-olds. There are wonderful times and there’s some other times that aren’t so wonderful. But that’s the beauty of being a college coach.”

 McIntyre, a native of Basildon, England, has accomplished a lot in his four years in Syracuse. Prior to his arrival in 2010, the team hadn’t won more than eight games in a season since 1999. SU won 14 games in 2012 and followed that up with 10 wins in 2013, even as the team moved to the ACC, the nation’s most competitive soccer conference.  Though SU only finished 10th in the ACC last season, every player returns in 2014, giving the Orange a good chance to continue its success.

 On this dank November afternoon, just two weeks after Syracuse’s last game, a 4-1 loss to Wake Forest, McIntyre is already focused on recruiting for next year’s team and beyond. Yet he’s constantly reminded by the relationships he’s formed during his 15 years as a head coach,  first at Oneonta State and then at Hartwick and Syracuse.

 There’s the Facebook message he received from a former captain telling McIntyre about his newborn son. Or the call from another former player inviting McIntyre to celebrate earning his Ph. D from Columbia.

 Then there’s the case of Louis Clark. Like McIntyre, who came to the U.S. for college from England, Clark arrived at SU from Brighton, England, after two years at Ashland (Ohio) University. When Clark’s pro career stalled after his final season of eligibility last fall, McIntyre offered him a spot as an assistant coach while Clark finished up his degree.

 Me and Mac have always got along well and I’m sure we will be mates after I leave SU,” Clark said. “Mac has helped me with many ups and downs throughout my time at ‘Cuse and I always tried to repay him with my effort on the field.”

 McIntyre’s desire to provide guidance to young men sometimes begins before they even commit to SU. When current Orange goalkeeper Alex Bono met McIntyre in his office for the first time, McIntyre began by asking him whether he thought he could play at Syracuse. It was Bono’s first meeting with a head coach, and the seemingly simple nature of the question threw him for a loop.

 “I thought to myself, ‘If I didn’t, would I be here?’” Bono said. “’If you didn’t, would you bring me here?’ I didn’t know what to say, I stumbled on my words.”

 “The answer to that question is always ‘Yes,’” McIntyre said.

 “The coaches asked me the same question at every other school,” said Bono, who, thanks to McIntyre’s advice, was able to respond without missing a beat.

 McIntyre sells recruits on Syracuse the same way the school sold him in 2010. He viewed Syracuse as a chance to compete against the best programs in college soccer, and he tells his recruits the same thing.

 “Syracuse presented a really great challenge,” McIntyre said. “You want to test yourself against the best and play in bigger conferences. Playing in the Big East and now the ACC, that’s one of the attractions of a school like Syracuse. Players, coaches want to have a chance to compete against the best.”

 Now, after four seasons in charge, McIntyre’s current squad is beginning to reflect his coaching philosophy. When he started at SU, McIntyre customized his team’s style of play to fit his personnel. Ideally, McIntyre would have had his team play strong technical soccer, focused around a core of players who could build attacks through passes on the ground and retain possession under pressure in the attacking third of the field.

 But to do that, McIntyre needed quick, skilled players. It took two losing seasons, but by 2012, McIntyre had a team capable of contending in the Big East, relying heavily on transfers and younger players. The Orange finished second in the Big East Red Division and came within a penalty shootout loss to Georgetown of advancing to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight. 10 of the 11 SU starters in that game were recruited by McIntyre.

 That included players like Clark, who scored 10 goals in his two seasons with Syracuse after transferring from Ashland University in 2011.

 “He’s a very respected coach in college soccer, so when you know he’s interested in bringing you in to play, you can’t really turn it down,” Clark said. “When he got here, it was clearly not his team and his players. He has done a great job of making the squad his own and has taught the team to play the game in the style he likes football to be played.” 

 McIntyre’s skill as a recruiter is not just in his reputation as a coach or as an All-American player at Hartwick and later for the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League. It’s his personality that has endeared him to recruits.

 As he prepares to meet with a visitor in his office, McIntyre jokes to athletics communications intern Alex Brooks that he can’t understand why anyone would be interested in interviewing him. But the twinkle in his eye and the look on his face as his lips curl into a sly smile give him away. And though McIntyre’s lighter side is well-known to his fellow coaches and athletes, no one in the program has a greater desire to succeed.

 “Simply by the way he expresses himself you can tell that he has more passion for the game than a lot of the payers,” SU captain Skylar Thomas said. “It’s hard to find a coach who is so serious but can still interact with his players in a fun and sarcastic way.”

 It’s impossible to tell how long McIntyre will stay in Syracuse. College sports are, as he likes to say, a results-oriented business. SU returns its entire squad next year, but the ACC will be loaded again – three of the conference’s teams made the Final Four of this year’s NCAA tournament. McIntyre knows the pressure is on to succeed.

 The victories will one day fade, the pre-game speeches lost to history. But there’s more than one way to measure success as a collegiate head coach, and when it comes to creating personal relationships with athletes, McIntyre seems to have that figured out.

 

 

 

 

SU Holds On, Tops Red Storm

December 15, 2013

By Pete Sweeney NEW YORK (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – Michael Gbinije sat on the court with the ball in his grasp as he and Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim desperately yelled to the referees for a timeout. The timeout was not granted and Red Storm players swarmed Gbinije. When the whistle finally blew, the […]

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By Pete Sweeney NEW YORK (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – Michael Gbinije sat on the court with the ball in his grasp as he and Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim desperately yelled to the referees for a timeout. The timeout was not granted and Red Storm players swarmed Gbinije.

When the whistle finally blew, the call was jump ball, possession: St. John’s. The Madison Square Garden roof was about to fly off.

The Red Storm, up 60-58 on the Orange, held a two-point lead with just five minutes and 27 seconds to play. But as St. John’s fans were in a frenzy and the Orange back-pedaled to get back on defense, senior Baye Keita turned to all four of his teammates, opened his hands palm down, and gestured for his players to relax. He still felt like his team was in control.

Two defensive stops and four Tyler Ennis points later and the Orange was up for good.

“He’s a very, very smart player,” Boeheim said of Ennis after the game. “As a freshman point guard, he’s playing better than anybody that I’ve ever had.”

Ennis, due in main part to a tremendous first half in which he scored a team-high 15 points, finished with a share of the game-high, 21. CJ Fair, who scored four critical points down the final five-minute stretch after the Orange took back the lead, also finished with 21.

“It’s all about getting in the right position [and] taking your time; you don’t want to rush things,” Fair said. “Tyler [Ennis] was able to get me the ball in good positions and I was able to operate from there.”

St. John’s came into game with a 6-2 record and even in the loss, proved that it is capable of competing with the Orange. Jim Boeheim credited the Red Storm for a strong effort at his post-game press conference.

“I think St. John’s is a much improved team from what I’ve seen,” he said. “They’re more mature, there are more veterans. I think they’ve got really good players and I think they’re going to have a good year.”

Up until the start of the second half, an Orange victory seemed like a foregone conclusion. Syracuse owned a 39-27 lead heading into the locker room for the break.

“It almost seemed like it was deer in the headlights in the first half,” Red Storm Head Coach Steve Lavin said after the game.

St. John’s leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison had a lot to do with his team’s second half resurgence. Following just a three-point performance in the first half, Harrison scored the first seven points in the second half as part of an 11-5 run to get the Red Storm back in the game. He finished with 21.

“We didn’t play in the first half and then came out and played with a different attitude,” Harrison said. “We outscored [Syracuse] in the second half.”

Harrison was just as good on the defensive side of the ball. He locked down Trevor Cooney, who came into the game averaging 15.3 points per game for the Orange. Cooney only shot three times, all three-point attempts, and missed them all.

Fortunately for the Orange, Jerami Grant was able to pick up Cooney’s slack. He finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a block that sealed the game for the Orange with 33 seconds remaining.

“That was some play,” Boeheim said of the block. “He had a couple of highlight plays today.”

Syracuse 68, St. John’s 63 – Box Score

Next Game

#2 Syracuse plays its next game against High Point this Friday, back home at the Carrier Dome. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Video

Jim Boeheim post-game press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd1eNceOUiY

CJ Fair post-game interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COANPm6w53Q

Jerami Grant post-game interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KGqaNjO6LQ

Steve Lavin post-game press conference: http://youtu.be/nTwrU2s9IMQ

Game Notes

•Syracuse improves its record to 10-0. Coming into the game, Syracuse was one of just 14 teams that remain undefeated in NCAA Division I basketball.

•This was the 88th matchup between St. John’s and Syracuse. With the win, Syracuse now leads the series, 51-37.

•Syracuse’s largest lead was 14 points with six seconds to go in the first half.

•CJ Fair had two steals in tonight’s game. He has recorded at least one steal in all but one game this season (Minnesota).

•Trevor Cooney was held to zero points for the the first time in his college career when playing 20 minutes or more.

•Syracuse only attempted eight three-point shots tonight, making just one. The only game this season where the Orange attempted fewer threes was St. Francis (six).

•The teams matched in bench scoring. Each team’s bench finished with 14 points.

•The score was tied seven times during the game and the lead changed four times.

•Jim Boeheim likes playing at MSG and would like to see Syracuse continue to play in New York in the future. He said “We have a lot of Syracuse fans down here that live in this area. I think we’re in a tournament next year here…We like coming here. We played a lot of games at Madison Square Garden. It’s a great place for college basketball…I thought both groups of fans were into it. I just thought it was a great game at the Garden and that’s why we signed up to play in it. I knew it would be.”

View from the Baseline

December 8, 2013

Story and photos by Matt Dowell The squeaking of sneakers, the loud “C’MON, GUYS! LET’S GO!” bark from Trevor Cooney, the sarcastic, catty banter between the referees and the coaches.  These are all things you can’t truly grasp from way up in the stands. I’m a Broadcast and Digital Journalism graduate student at Newhouse, but tonight […]

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Story and photos by Matt Dowell

The squeaking of sneakers, the loud “C’MON, GUYS! LET’S GO!” bark from Trevor Cooney, the sarcastic, catty banter between the referees and the coaches.  These are all things you can’t truly grasp from way up in the stands.

I’m a Broadcast and Digital Journalism graduate student at Newhouse, but tonight I took on a new opportunity of being a photographer for the first time for the Syracuse-Binghamton men’s basketball game in the Carrier Dome.

Sitting right on the baseline, I didn’t feel like I was a spectator like I do when I go watch these games casually with my friends. I felt like I was in the world of these two basketball teams. I got to see the sweat, the anger, the tenacity, right up close. The passion of Trevor Cooney, the incredible form of a CJ Fair jump shot, and the Hulk-like physicality of DaJuan Coleman.

And I got to capture it all in still photographs, something I’m also not used to.

Being a broadcast student, I’m used to telling stories with video, my voice and by being in front of the camera. But still photography created a new challenge. I had to tell a story with pictures that have no movement, no voice-overs, and no stand-ups.They are just there and I wanted the pictures I captured to create a feeling of the overall atmosphere of the game which ended up being complete domination by the Orange.

Another challenge of dealing with a still-camera instead of one that records video is that I only get one shot to capture a moment. If I miss a dunk or a foul or an injury, that moment is gone. I didn’t have video that I could work with and edit afterwards, something that is essential in the broadcasting world.

It was a one and done kind of situation.  Miss an epic moment of the game, too bad. It’s gone. Nothing you can do about it.

You have to be on your game and ready to snap every moment for 2 hours to get those great shots people love to see and remember.

It was an eye-opening experience. I had never thought of how hard it is to capture these moments; to have the perfect timing, perfect framing, and perfect focus.

In this day in age of technology, pictures are everywhere. We see them 24/7 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name it.

I can speak for myself when I say that I’d become numb to the fact that photography is still an art form because we are around it so much in our everyday lives. But tonight showed me just how much technique and skill is required to do something like this.

Going into tonight’s game, I didn’t think it would be that hard. I told myself, “I’m just gonna sit on the baseline and snap some pictures and it’ll be easy.”

Boy, was I wrong. It’s an art. It’s a talent. And the whole experience was exhilarating.
To photographers everywhere, I have a new found respect for you and the craft that you love, especially the ones I got to share the baseline with. Thanks for teaching me about something I thought I already knew, but clearly had no idea what I was talking about.

Last minute advice for first time photographers: Bring a mini chair to the game. My back is killing me.

Check out all of my pictures from tonight’s game and press conference here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/110885937@N03/11262528993/in/photostream/

Orange Over Bearcats 93-65

December 8, 2013

Photo by Matt Dowell Story By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – Binghamton (2-7) arrived at the Carrier Dome Saturday night as tremendous underdogs, never expected to have a chance to beat No. 4 ranked Syracuse (9-0). But the Bearcats built an 11-3 advantage early and four minutes and 34 seconds into the game, the […]

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Photo by Matt Dowell

Story By Pete Sweeney

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – Binghamton (2-7) arrived at the Carrier Dome Saturday night as tremendous underdogs, never expected to have a chance to beat No. 4 ranked Syracuse (9-0). But the Bearcats built an 11-3 advantage early and four minutes and 34 seconds into the game, the time of the first TV timeout, they still led the Orange, 11-6.

It became apparent that Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim had seen enough. The Orange came out from the break in a full-court press that would lead to six Binghamton turnovers as part of an 18-0 run for Syracuse.

“We did a good job in the full court press for a few minutes there and got the game going in the right direction,” Boeheim said at the post-game press conference.

The press immediately resulted in two steals and five quick points for Trevor Cooney, who finished with 17, including five three-balls in nine attempts from behind the arc.

“I was just able to find open spots,” Cooney said. “They were in a 2-3 zone, I was able to find open spots and guys were just able to give me the ball.”

It took C.J. Fair a while to get going, but he wound leading the team with 19 points of his own.

“I came out and shot two airballs,” Fair said. “But once I saw some shots go in, I got in a rhythm.”

A game that was competitive for the first five minutes quickly became highly noncompetitive (Syracuse once led by as many as 37 points), but Boeheim didn’t mind as this gave him an opportunity to give his younger players a chance to see some in-game action. The future of the Orange—freshmen B.J. Johnson, Tyler Roberson, and Ron Patterson all saw at least 14 minutes each.

“We need to play these freshmen even if it’s in a late game situation,” Boeheim said. “Show them some tape of what they do. It’s good to get them that kind of experience.”

Sophomore Jordan Reed was the only player who seemed to get anything going for Binghamton. He led both teams in scoring, finishing with 26 points and seven rebounds.

DaJuan Coleman put up another solid effort for the Orange, recording a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds).

Syracuse won’t play its next game until next Sunday, December 15. The Orange squares off against St. John’s in Madison Square Garden at 12 p.m.

 Ranking

Syracuse, right now ranked fourth in the country, will in all likelihood move up to #2 in the national rankings. Syracuse stayed perfect (9-0) while #1 Michigan State lost to the North Carolina on Wednesday and #3 Kentucky lost to Baylor on Friday. #2 Arizona, who also stayed perfect (10-0), should be the new top-ranked team.

 

Game Notes

 

  • This was the fifth meeting of Syracuse and Binghamton, the last of which before Saturday night was in 2004. Syracuse now leads the series, 5-0.

 

  • Lazarus Sims, who played at Syracuse from 1991 to 1996, returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the Bearcats. “He’s one of the great players we’ve had here, one of the best point guards, certainly the smartest point guard that we’ve ever had here, and he loves the game,” Boeheim said. “He knows the game, and I just think he’ll be a great coach, I really do.”

 

  • Binghamton’s starting lineup contains four freshmen and one sophomore (the game’s leading scorer, Jordan Reed).

 

  • The full-court press Syracuse used throughout the game caused 18 Binghamton turnovers (12 steals and 6 blocks).

 

  • Ten players scored for the Orange and its bench finished with 38 points.

 

  • Syracuse took 36 shots from behind the three-point line, more than any other game this year. Syracuse finished the game 13/36 (36.1%).

 

Video

 

Jim Boeheim post-game press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGSz_Sh6nVA

 

CJ Fair post-game interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=814aVBpaZV0

 

Tyler Ennis post-game interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Az7eUHTTDY

 

Trevor Cooney post-game interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIeQlzXRiCY 

 

Box Scorehttp://www.suathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbasket&id=6219

 

Orange Whips Hoosiers

December 3, 2013

Story and Photo by Chris Landers Jim Boeheim came into his team’s showdown with the Indiana Hoosiers Tuesday night questioning its defense so far this year. He referred to Syracuse’s win at the Maui Invitational as “an offensive trip,” laced with about as much derision as a coach can summon for a winning team. But […]

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Story and Photo by Chris Landers

Jim Boeheim came into his team’s showdown with the Indiana Hoosiers Tuesday night questioning its defense so far this year. He referred to Syracuse’s win at the Maui Invitational as “an offensive trip,” laced with about as much derision as a coach can summon for a winning team. But by the end of the Orange’s suffocating 69-52 victory, he was left with the faintest hint of a smile.

Just as in last year’s NCAA Tournament game, the Hoosiers (6-2) couldn’t crack the 2-3 zone for large stretches of the night. They struggled to penetrate against the perimeter length of the Orange (8-0) and when they finally broke through, quick hands — Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis had four steals each, harassing Indiana’s bigs when they brought the ball down — and long arms made life difficult. Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant combined for seven blocks, controlling the paint all night in a welcome change from their poor rotations earlier in the year.

“Our centers played a lot better tonight,” Boeheim said. “Sometimes they got a little too physical, but our traps were good and they protected the rim. We’ve been looking for that all season.”

Despite an ugly first half, though, Indiana managed to hang in through a mix of execution and sheer will. The Hoosiers got the ball to the high post a bit more as the half wound down, collapsing the zone with an extra pass. It was rarely pretty — Syracuse’s defense tends to make just about everything seem precarious — but it was effective. IU kept chipping away, trip to the line after trip to the line, and after two big Yogi Ferrell threes late in the half, it had tied the game for the first time since the opening tip. What seemed to be in control for the Orange had turned into just a four-point halftime lead.

“We were getting the ball to the high post, attacking, getting to the foul line,” said Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh, who shot 13-16 from the foul line en route to a team-high 17 points. “That was our game plan, and I think we stuck to it pretty well in the first half.”

Coming out of the locker room, though, the wheels started to come off. The Hoosiers were out of sorts on their first few possessions, and that was all Syracuse needed. The Orange went on a 25-5 run, sparked by a flagrant two foul and ejection of Austin Etherington who shoved Cooney as he went in for a breakaway dunk. Syracuse turned lazy passes and dribbles into points the other way; Indiana committed 16 turnovers in all, ten in the second half, leading to 19 Syracuse points.

“I just think we got away from what was working,” Vonleh said. “I don’t really know what happened, I just know we started settling for threes, and that’s not what our plan was.”

This is an Indiana team still struggling for an identity after the departure of four starters from 2012’s Sweet 16 run. Once guard Will Sheehey, the only reliable shotmaker, left early in the second with foul trouble, everything bogged down — after putting up 28 field goal attempts in the first half, the Hoosiers managed just 13 in the second.

The Orange defense can mask a lot of offensive deficiencies, but there was some improvement Tuesday night. CJ Fair was effective and efficient in his isolation sets on the wing, pouring in 15 points on 50 percent shooting, and Grant and Christmas showed some surprising smoothness in the post.

But the story continues to be the improvement of Ennis and Cooney in the backcourt. The latter’s shooting has come to be almost automatic — he shot 5-9 from deep and sits at over 47 percent for the year, remarkable for a guy buried on the depth chart for the first two years of his career.

“I don’t know anybody who shot well from the bench,” Boeheim said. “He was behind a guy [Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams] averaging 20 points in the NBA and another senior [Brandon Triche] who was really, really good. Now he has his time.”

And the Canadian freshman just keeps getting better, much more in control just eight games into his career. He controlled the tempo, pushing at the right times, and Indiana couldn’t keep him out of the lane — he used screens well, knowing when to get his own shot and when to find teammates for easy looks. The two guards are beginning to provide the sort of shot creating and making that can take Syracuse to the next level.

“Tyler and I got to spend some time working out together in the summer, and we clicked,” Cooney said. “We have a great relationship on and off the court, and he’s as good as any other freshman out there right now.”

The Orange have a matchup with 14th-ranked Villanova in a few weeks, and then the ACC gauntlet begins. The non-conference road has been a little bumpy, but finally, Boeheim is beginning to see a complete team take shape, and maybe that smile will grow a little wider.

 

For video of Coach Boeheim’s postgame press conference, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaoipNBa85U

For interviews with players, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68bGriupQ5I

 

 

 

 

Orange 34 Eagles 31

December 1, 2013

SU Earns Bowl Eligibility with Last-Second Win over Boston College  Text and photos by Jonathan Gault Scott Shafer is an emotional man. That much has become clear in 2013, even though just two of Syracuse’s first 11 games were decided by a touchdown or less. So it’s not a stretch to say that after SU closed […]

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SU Earns Bowl Eligibility with Last-Second Win over Boston College

 Text and photos by Jonathan Gault

Scott Shafer is an emotional man. That much has become clear in 2013, even though just two of Syracuse’s first 11 games were decided by a touchdown or less. So it’s not a stretch to say that after SU closed out the regular season with a last-second, 34-31 win over Boston College on Saturday, the first-year head coach was feeling something.
“I love this team, I frickin’ love this team!” Shafer proclaimed in the bowels of the Carrier Dome at the post-game press conference. Shafer shook the podium, added “I love this town!” and then closed with two words: bowl-eligible.

It’s the goal that’s driven this team since the season began on a hot August day in the Meadowlands, and SU achieved it in the most dramatic fashion possible. In a game with as many twists and turns as a Die Hard movie, Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 ACC) struck the decisive blow, as quarterback Terrel Hunt hit tight end Josh Parris for an eight-yard touchdown pass with six seconds remaining to give the Orange the victory.

SU’s win may not have had the national title implications of Saturday’s other frenetic finishes in Ann Arbor and Auburn, but to the men in orange and blue, nothing was more important on the final day of November.

“To know we’re going to have another [game] is a great feeling,” center Macky MacPherson said. “All I can think about now is that I get one more opportunity. I don’t care who we play, I don’t care where we play, I don’t care if it’s in Alaska.”

MacPherson, grandson of SU coaching legend Dick MacPherson, said that he felt sorry for anyone who might have left early.

“It was a hard-fought game, and to be honest with you, I think that was one of the top five Syracuse games that’s been played in the Dome, and I’ve been watching games for a while.”

Hunt has been uneven in his first year under center, and when BC linebacker Steele Divitto intercepted his pass with 3:24 to play in the game, all appeared to be lost. Syracuse trailed, 28-27, and the Eagles (7-5, 4-4 ACC) had the ball at the Orange 22-yard line.

SU limited BC to a field goal, giving Hunt 2:08 to drive 75 yards for the winning touchdown — without any timeouts. What followed was a microcosm of Hunt’s season.

On that final drive, Hunt completed four of his five passes and added 19 yards on three carries. For the second time in as many drives, Hunt seemed as if he had lost the game for Syracuse, fumbling after an eight-yard carry took him to the BC 25. But the reliable MacPherson fell on the ball to retain possession, and four plays later, Hunt dumped a short pass off to Parris, who scrambled 11 yards before crossing the goal-line with the game-winning score.

“This was definitely my best game played ever, high school, whatever,” Hunt said.

Hunt’s numbers back up that assertion — 29-of-43 for a career-high 270 yards passing and two touchdowns (and that one interception) and 17 carriers for 90 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Hunt consistently made the right call running the read-option and caught the BC defense napping with 22 seconds to play by running for a first down with BC expecting a spike.

“I didn’t even look at the clock,” Hunt said. “Coach called a spike and I sneaked it for the first down. Just play in the moment.”

He still looks far from a finished product — two fourth-quarter overthrows to wideouts Ashton Broyld and Christopher Clark both could have gone for touchdowns — but Hunt’s good plays outweighed the bad on Saturday.

Third down was key in the ballgame, and SU’s success (12-for-18), coupled with BC’s futility (3-for-10) allowed the Orange to pile up over 36 minutes of possession, compared to just 23 for the Eagles. SU outgained BC, 480 to 359, and doubled the Eagles up in first downs, 30 to 15. Add in Syracuse’s success stopping BC’s 2,000-yard rusher Andre Williams — who was limited to just 29 yards on nine carries before leaving the game with an injury in the third quarter — and it should have been an easy victory for the Orange.

But a propensity to give up big plays at the wrong times almost doomed Syracuse. SU gave up a 52-yard completion as Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig hit wideout Alex Amidon with a minute to go in the first half, setting up a BC touchdown to cut the halftime lead to 21-14. A 54-yard run by Rettig in the fourth quarter set up another Eagles TD and gave BC a 28-24 lead with 7:49 to play. Even the Orange’s otherwise fine work on Williams was spoiled by one good run — a 26-yard touchdown when Williams reached the edge before the Syracuse defense and sprinted down the left sideline for the score.

SU also failed to capitalize after moving the ball on two first-quarter drives, as Ryan Norton missed a 30-yard field goal and Jerome Smith was stuffed on fourth and goal from the two-yard line.

A pair of backups led the Orange’s receiving corps, as Parris and wide receiver Alvin Cornelius III — pressed into action after injuries to Beckett Wales and Jarrod West — combined to catch 14 balls for 128 yards and two touchdowns, both to Parris.

“Nobody knows who Alvin is except for Jimmy Munson, his high school coach,” Shafer said. “Alvin comes in, he blocks well, he makes plays.

“We’ve been beat up pretty damn good. ‘The next guy in’ has been our creed. I don’t care what your name is, I don’t care what jersey, I don’t care what position you’re supposed to be playing, but the next man in is up and it’s his job to get it done. And today was a great example of the next man in.”

Next man in on the Syracuse schedule? A bowl game.

Shafer postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAyooBv9n50

Hunt postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAD1QsAxZJw

MacPherson postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M48Tgix-I4

Bromley postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxfjNiWzpe0

 

A few more notes from Saturday’s victory:

  • With the win Syracuse is eligible for its third bowl in four years. The Orange won the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010 and 2012
  • Syracuse continued its streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher this season
  • Linebacker Marquis Spruill registered half of a tackle for loss, tying him with Duke Pettijohn for second on the Orange’s all-time list (40.0)
  • BC kicker Nate Freeze hit a 21-yard field goal with 2:08 left to play in the game and is a perfect 18-for-18 this season
  • Nineteen SU seniors and five student managers were honored on the Carrier Dome turf before the game by a group that included athletics director Dr. Daryl Gross and NFL Hall of Famer Floyd Little.
  • SU kicker Ryan Norton missed a 30-yard field goal early in the game but rallied back to hit two career-long kicks. He was good from 42 yards in the third quarter and hit again from 44 in the fourth.

 

 

Syracuse-BC Preview

November 28, 2013

This #44 stars for the other team By Jonathan Gault Photo from bceagles.com Anyone familiar with Syracuse football knows the significance of the number 44 jersey. Jim Brown. Ernie Davis. Floyd Little. Though SU retired the number in 2005, there will be another outstanding running back wearing number 44 on Saturday in the Carrier Dome […]

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This #44 stars for the other team

By Jonathan Gault

Photo from bceagles.com

Anyone familiar with Syracuse football knows the significance of the number 44 jersey. Jim Brown. Ernie Davis. Floyd Little. Though SU retired the number in 2005, there will be another outstanding running back wearing number 44 on Saturday in the Carrier Dome – Boston College’s Andre Williams.

Williams’ accomplishments in 2013 are on par with anything Brown, Davis or Little ever achieved during their college career. Through 11 games, the senior leads the nation with 2,073 rushing yards. He broke the ACC single-game record with 339 yards against NC State on Nov. 16, and he’s blown by Don McCauley’s (North Carolina) ACC season record of 1,863 yards set in 1970. He’s currently 12th on the FBS single-season rushing list, and with two games to go (including a bowl game), Williams will almost certainly rise on that chart.

“He’s definitely one of the best in the country, one of the best to play the college game,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said in the ACC’s weekly media teleconference on Wednesday. “He’s going to end up being statistically in that situation where people are going to say, ‘Holy cow, this kid was one of the best.’”

Most importantly for coach Steve Addazio’s Eagles (7-4, 4-3 ACC), Williams has been the key to BC’s recent four-game win streak. Williams has rushed for 897 yards and six touchdowns in his last three contests, but he’ll face a tough test in SU’s No. 27 run defense. The Orange (5-6, 3-4 ACC) is one of just three teams in the FBS not to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. That streak seems likely be broken on Saturday, but if SU can limit Williams’ effectiveness, it will have a chance to gain bowl eligibility with a crucial sixth win.

“He’s fun to watch on tape until you realize you’ve got to try to defend him,” Shafer said. “I’ve been around a lot of great tailbacks over the years. I think about Michael Turner who played for us over at [Northern Illinois.] Michael and Andre are similar: good, strong backs with good breakaway speed.”

How Syracuse handles Williams will depend on which Orange defense shows up on Saturday. SU’s defense has been dominant against weaker opposition and has surrendered just 30 points, total, in the team’s five wins. But against quality teams, the unit has faltered. Blowout losses to No. 6 Clemson and No. 2 Florida State were to be expected, but it’s Syracuse’s 56-0 defeat by Georgia Tech on Oct. 19 that really stings.

In that game, Syracuse allowed 394 rushing yards to a run-heavy Yellow Jacket attack. Syracuse will try to carry over the improvements it has made since then against a BC team that loves to run the ball.

Some quick hits before the game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (available locally on the YES Network):

  • · This will be the 46th meeting between Syracuse and BC, but the first since 2010. The Eagles won that matchup at the Carrier Dome, 16-7, but Syracuse leads the all-time series, 28-18. Both coaches seemed keen to renew the rivalry. The game carries particular meaning for Addazio, who coached the tight ends and offensive linemen at SU from 1995-1998. “Obviously I’ve been on the other side of this thing when I coached at Syracuse,” Addazio said. “I know how important and how big this game was. It was a red-letter game for us, one that was down on our schedule that we knew early on it was going to come down to playing BC in the end. It’s a huge game. It’s regionally big. Recruiting-wise, it’s big. It’s Northeast big.”
  • Senior tight end Beckett Wales will miss the rest of the season after SU announced he suffered an “upper body injury” that will require surgery in the Orange’s 17-16 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
  • · Quarterback Terrel Hunt snapped a six-game streak without a touchdown when he connected with Alvin Cornelius III against Pitt. Prior to that, he hadn’t thrown for a touchdown since Sept. 21 against Tulane. His 159 passing yards against the Panthers were also his highest total since that 52-17 win over Tulane.
  • With a win, the Orange will be eligible for a bowl for the second consecutive season. Last year, SU defeated West Virginia, 38-14, in a snowy Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. SU’s longest-ever bowl streak is six years, from 1987-1992.
  • · SU’s 19 graduating seniors will be honored before the game on Senior Day.

 

Billy Edelin: Eight Years Later

November 26, 2013

High school freshman Malik Zachery trains with former SU star Story, photo and video report by Jasmine Haynes Six days a week, former Syracuse University point guard Billy Edelin spends several hours in the gym. His mission is to help train the next generation of basketball players. “I had coaches that saw something in me […]

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High school freshman Malik Zachery trains with former SU star

Story, photo and video report by Jasmine Haynes

Six days a week, former Syracuse University point guard Billy Edelin spends several hours in the gym. His mission is to help train the next generation of basketball players.

“I had coaches that saw something in me and put the time in [me],” Edelin said during a recent training session at Pine Grove Health & Country Club in Camillus. “So I just basically want to reciprocate that to another young person and maybe they will do it for somebody else down the line.”

That same something coaches saw in him, Edelin says he sees in Nottingham High School freshman point guard Malik Zachery. Zachery has been training with Edelin since fifth grade.

“When he played, he was a real good point guard,” Zachery said. “I watch his game tapes and it makes me want to play like him.”

“He was a young kid,” Edelin said. ” I think he wanted to do what he saw on TV and he was kind of skilled to do that. But [training with me] helped simplify his game and [helped him to] use all his talents.”

Talent is not the only thing that sets Zachery apart from other 15-year-olds. It is his hard work.

“The kids that are [training] on a Friday night, they could be anywhere but they want to be here,” said Edelin. “Anybody will play the game but I think getting the grades like [Zachery] does, traveling, putting in the work on his body and all the stuff that’s not fun is allowing his talents to come out.”

Zachery has also participated in the Chris Paul National Camp popularly known as CP3 Rising Stars camp. It is a camp for middle school athletes to gain early exposure for future collegiate basketball recruiting.

Even with all the early attention, Zachery still remains humble.

”Without Billy and my father (Mike Zachery of Syracuse), I wouldn’t be as good as I am now,” Zachery said. “They are determined to help me become a good player.”

Edelin works as an information aide in the Onondaga County Clerk’s Office. Once he seemed like a good bet for the NBA.

In high school, Edelin led Oak Hill Academy to a 33-0 season, winning the 2001 national high school championship. He played alongside Carmelo Anthony on the 2003 NCAA Championship team at SU.  But his time with the Orange was cut short. His career was riddled with off-court issues that led to several suspensions and he left SU in 2005.

For the past eight years, Edelin says he has been sharing his basketball knowledge with Central New York area youth. He started training Hoop Haven and Gym Ratz Skills Development Group and partnered in that operation with Nottingham boys JV coach Gilbert Speights four years ago. The programs were based at the downtown YMCA in Syracuse but now are using various facilities while in search of a permanent home.

Through his program, Edelin trained current SU forward DaJuan Coleman before he started with the Orange. Just last year, he expanded it to include Team Swerve, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team Zachery now plays for.

Zachery is ranked 75th in the nation for class of 2017 according to Chris Paul National Camp rankings. He is starting to gain attention from Division One colleges including Penn State and Boston College.  He recently went to Penn State on an unofficial visit. All this early attention could potentially mean one thing.

“It means he will go to school for free and get his education,” Edelin said. “That’s [what I really] care about.”

Video report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtvZvrKhmLQ

This story was originally posted on NCC News on line: https://nccnews.expressions.syr.edu/?p=118615

 

 

Orange Women Roll Again

November 25, 2013

SU Dominates Maine 97-42 Story, photos and video by Jasmine Haynes Game wrap videography by Brittany Jones The Syracuse women’s basketball team started the game Sunday with the same momentum as Wednesday’s record setting, 113-42, win against Maryland Eastern Shore. The Orange dominated the game from the tip, going on a 12-0 run in the […]

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SU Dominates Maine 97-42

Story, photos and video by Jasmine Haynes
Game wrap videography by Brittany Jones

The Syracuse women’s basketball team started the game Sunday with the same momentum as Wednesday’s record setting, 113-42, win against Maryland Eastern Shore. The Orange dominated the game from the tip, going on a 12-0 run in the first three minutes and 48 seconds of the first half.

Although Syracuse did not score 100 points, the Orange came close. Freshman guard Alexis Peterson stalled the ball with eight seconds left in the game to cap the final score at 97-42 against the Black Bears.

“Overall, I think we did an awesome job of just really getting up and down the floor and playing aggressive,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said.

Four Syracuse players scored double digit points. Sophomore guard Brittney Sykes led the Orange with 19. Sophomore guard Brianna Butler chipped in 15 and freshman guard Isabella Slim added ten.  Freshman forward Briana Day did not start but proved to be a key factor off the bench for the Orange. Day finished with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Her showing in Sunday’s game was a drastic turnaround from her performance of only six points and three rebounds against Maryland Eastern Shore. Her goal coming into the game today was simple.

“Slow down,”Day said. “Because I’ve been struggling the last four games with taking my time and slowing down. I definitely did that tonight which my coaches have been heckling me about.”

Senior guard Ashleigh Roberts led the Black Bears with 14 points and sophomore forward Liz Wood added ten. But the Black Bears allowed the Orange to score 35 points off their 27 turnovers. The Orange capitalized on the Black Bears mistakes allowing the Orange to put the game out reach by halftime.

With the Orange leading by 40 points at the start of the second half, Hillsman began to rest his starters three minutes in. All 14 players on the roster saw playing time of at least six minutes giving the bench a chance to gain some experience early in the season.

Even in a blowout game, taking care of the fundamentals is important,” Hillsman said.

“We still have to play clean basketball, not throwing it away, controlling tempo, playing fast, and getting our defenses set. I thought we did an excellent job of doing that.”

The win keeps the Orange with a perfect record of 5-0 giving Maine its first loss of the season. The Black Bears fell to 3-1. Hillsman hopes his team will carry this momentum to the Virgin Islands this week as the Orange prepares for the Paradise Jam Tournament.

“Obviously we’re really happy, to get to this point not having a loss [headed] to the Virgin Islands undefeated.”  ”

“It feels really good to not go down in a loss because that would really [stink],” Day said. “And practice tomorrow would be death [if we would have lost this game headed into the tournament.]”

“I’m real excited to get down there,” Brianna Butler added. “I’ve never been to the Virgin Islands but it’s also a business trip so we have to be very serious, take care of business, and come back with wins hopefully.”

The Orange won’t have it easy in St. Thomas. Syracuse will play Memphis, Texas, and 13th ranked Texas A&M in a round robin style tournament. The Orange will face Texas first on Thanksgiving Day at 8:15 p.m.

Syracuse will face the highest ranked team it has played this season in Texas A&M. Hillsman knows this tournament will require his team to play hard. That’s why his main concern is the impact of traveling on player performance.

“Obviously we’re going to a place with a warm climate but the travel can beat you up,” he said. “The travel is grueling and once we get there we will try to get our bodies adjusted [from relaxing for a couple of days] to [having to play] Texas.”

“We’re going to be playing tougher teams that are on a [better] skill level so it’s going to be a little tough,” Day said. ” But we have to be mentally prepared for it.”

 

Coach Hillsman postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nyVbrh77AE

Player interviews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a335HUC2WP4

Jasmine Haynes game wrap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxhnvuEGKWw

 

Pitt Edges SU 17-16

November 23, 2013

Blocked PAT Costs Orange Story, photos and video by: Mike McCann   At the time, it was almost like no one really cared. Jerome Smith had just scampered 36 yards for a touchdown after the Orange defense had forced Pitt to a three and out. Syracuse 6-0, with the extra point pending. But Ryan Norton’s […]

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Blocked PAT Costs Orange

Story, photos and video by: Mike McCann

 

At the time, it was almost like no one really cared. Jerome Smith had just scampered 36 yards for a touchdown after the Orange defense had forced Pitt to a three and out. Syracuse 6-0, with the extra point pending.

But Ryan Norton’s extra point was blocked. The Orange didn’t take the seven point lead, and it ended up losing the game 17-16, with that one point making all the difference.

“I think it was Aaron Donald…he came through and knocked [our guard] back,” said Head Coach Scott Shafer in his postgame press conference. “[I] couldn’t tell if the kick was low…and they did a nice job getting penetration over our A-gap guard.”

Donald finished the game with nine tackles, three and half of which were for loss.

“[Donald’s] a great player,” said quarterback Terrel Hunt. “That defense is pretty good.”

Missed opportunities

After Syracuse scored on their first drive, the two teams went back and forth, exchanging punts, until Pitt’s last drive of the first quarter.

The Panthers had it first and goal from the three yard line before the SU defense rolled up its sleeves and went to work. A five yard false start penalty was sandwiched in between two Cam Lynch sacks, which set up a 42 yard field goal from Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt to make it 6-3 Orange.

“We owe basically our season to [the defense], said center Macky MacPherson. “They’re playing their butts off.”

The Orange defense allowed only 21 yards on the ground, and only 239 yards of total offense for the game.

“I guess you can say we did a decent job,” said senior defensive tackle Jay Bromley. “But to win, you’ve got to give up less points than the other defense and we didn’t do that.”

After three more drives (and three more punts), Pittsburgh punched it in from seven yards out on a pass from Tom Savage to Manasseh Garner. It gave the Panthers their first lead.

Pitt would take the lead to the break, but not until after some fireworks. On the Orange’s next drive (their last of the half), Hunt nearly connected with Durrel Eskridge on a deep pass down the sideline. Eskridge isn’t a wide receiver, but because of injuries to Jarrod West and Jeremiah Kobena, Eskridge played both ways.

The pass looked good at first, but was ruled.

“I felt like I made the catch,” Eskridge said. “I kind of bobbled it a little at the end, but I felt like I brought it at the end and kept my feet in, but the officials made the call, we had to live with it and get reay for the next down.

Eskridge’s near touchdown is another prime example of just how close the Orange was to busting through in this one. After a Ryan Norton field goal, Pitt led at recess 10-9.

After back-to-back punts to open the second half, Hunt connected with Alvin Cornelius on a 42 yard touchdown pass, the first of Cornelius’s career. It gave the Orange a 16-10 lead.

“You just put the ball out there and let the receivers make the plays,” Hunt said. “Just let the receivers make the plays and believe in them.”

The Panthers scored next on a five yard run by Isaac Bennett. That gave Pitt a 17-16 lead, which would end up being the final score.

The Orange did have one last chance, though, late in the fourth quarter. On a fourth down and eight from the Pitt 36, Shafer sent Norton out, as if  to try a 53 yard field goal. Except that wasn’t the plan. It was a fake, and Kendall Moore caught the pass with no one in front of him. There was only one problem. Pittsburgh had called timeout.

“I felt like we had an opportunity to run the fake field goal,” Shafer said. “Coach [Paul] Chryst did a nice job calling a timeout before we could get it off, and they won the ballgame.”

After the Pitt timeout, the Orange decided to go for it, but an incomplete pass from Terrel Hunt gave the Panthers the win, and in the process gave Pitt its sixth straight bowl berth, the second longest streak in school history.

Up next

The Orange has one last chance to earn its third bowl berth in four years. Next week, Boston College comes to the Carrier Dome for the final game of 2013.

“I don’t think you’re going to see a team work harder than us this week,” MacPherson said. “Our backs are against the wall, we’re in a corner, and…it’s do or die time.”

Boston College has already clinched a bowl berth with a 7-4 record so far this year. For Syracuse, and for these seniors, the Orange will need a sixth win to make the sting of this loss go away.

Video:

Video report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsNNA8jUpvo

Shafer News Conference excerpt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iaMay_B2FA

Hunt postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFy29MxVq4M

Bromley, MacPherson, Eskridge postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njuBxTgpobE

 

 

Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: Preview

November 22, 2013

Story by Mike McCann Photo by Jillian Thaw Inside the Series Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played each other 68 times on the gridiron. This Saturday, for the first time ever, the game will be played with both teams as members of the ACC. “I’m extremely humbled to be a part of it as a head […]

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Story by Mike McCann

Photo by Jillian Thaw

Inside the Series

Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played each other 68 times on the gridiron. This Saturday, for the first time ever, the game will be played with both teams as members of the ACC.

“I’m extremely humbled to be a part of it as a head coach now,” said Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer at his Thursday press conference. “Growing up as a kid, I watched those games…now we’re in the ACC, that’s the only change.”

Shafer’s team is 5-5 on the year, with two chances left at earning a bowl bid. The same is true for the 5-5 Pitt Panthers.

Historically, these two teams are about as even as two teams can be. Pitt leads the overall series 34-31-3, and has won seven of the last eight. Yet when the two teams met last year, Syracuse won a close one 14-13. They’re so close that throughout the history of this rivalry, Syracuse averages 19.6 points per game against Pitt, and Pitt averages 19.5 against the Orange.

Both teams are coming off tough losses, but in different fashion. Syracuse ran into the ACC’s version of a superpower last week in Florida State, and the Seminoles had their way with the Orange. Pitt played a close game against North Carolina, but even after a furious rally in the fourth quarter, the Panthers comeback attempt fell just short.

 

Familiar Opponents

This game features a ton of guys who know each other very well from the past. The two teams feature 14 players who played together in high school. Syracuse RB/WR Ashton Broyld (Sophomore/Rochester, NY) played with four Pitt players at Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY.

“They talk a lot of trash, you can see it on film, helmet moving, looking at the guy with their body language,” Broyld said. “I don’t keep in touch with any of those guys.”

Complete list:

Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY) – Syracuse: RB/WR Ashton Broyld, LB Dyshawn Davis, WR Jeremiah Kobena; Pitt: FB Mark Giubilato, DL Khaynin Mosley-Smith, DB Jevonte Pitts, LB Todd Thomas

Liberty High School (Bethlehem, PA) – Syracuse: WR Jarrod West; Pitt: WR Devin Street, LB Anthony Gonzalez

The Haverford School (Haverford, PA) – Syracuse: CB Joe Nassib; Pitt: LB Matt Galambos

Blue Mountain High School (Schuylkill Haven, PA) – Syracuse: C Jason Emerich; Pitt: K Brad Lukasak

 

Key Match-ups

Pitt Wide Receivers vs. Syracuse Defensive Backs

The Panthers have two of the best wide receivers in the ACC in Devin Street (Senior/Bethlehem, PA) and Tyler Boyd (Freshman/Clairton, PA). Street and Boyd are the only pair of teammates to rank in the ACC’s top seven in both receptions and receiving yards per game.

“Street’s had a real good run at Pitt, but Tyler Boyd is only a handful of catches…under what Larry Fitzgerald [had] in his freshman year,” Shafer said. “Larry Fitzgerald, come on, so this kid is really good.”

Syracuse is a little banged up in the secondary. After losing CB Keon Lyn (Senior/Miramar, Fla.) for the season to a lower body injury against Clemson, the Orange lost CB Julian Whigham (Sophomore/West Palm Beach, Fla.) to a long contusion against Florida State.

Look for Wayne Morgan (Sophomore, Brooklyn, NY) to see a lot of time in Whigham’s stead, and Joe Nassib (Senior/Newton Square, PA) could see some action as well.

 

Aaron Donald vs. Syracuse Offensive Line 

Donald (Senior/Pittsburgh, PA) has been a one-man wrecking crew on the Pitt defensive line. He’s a finalist for the Nagurski Award (awarded to the top defensive player in college football), as well as the Rotary Award (awarded to the nation’s top offensive/defensive lineman). He has 22.5 tackles for loss to go along with ten sacks so far this year in ten games.

Syracuse’s offensive line is one of the few units on the team that has remained healthy all year. The Orange has started the same offensive line for every game this season. Keeping Donald out of the face of quarterback Terrel Hunt (Sophomore/Rosedale, NY) is key for the Orange to gain any sort of yardage with all of their offensive injuries.

 

Injuries

Syracuse

Adrian Fleming (lower body) – out for year

Ross Krautman (lower body) – out for year

Keon Lyn (lower body) – out for year

Tyler Marona (upper body) – out for year

John Raymon (lower body) – out for year

Prince Tyson Gulley (lower body) – out for game

Brisly Estime (upper body) – out for game

Isaiah Johnson (upper body) – out for game

Ben Lewis (upper body) – out for game

Jarrod West (upper body) – out for game

Julian Whigham (upper body) – out for game

Jason Emerich (lower body) – doubtful

 

Pittsburgh

No formal injury report released to media.

Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: Preview

November 22, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played each other 68 times on the gridiron. This Saturday, for the first time ever, the game will be played with both teams as members of the ACC. “I’m extremely humbled to be a part of it as a head coach now,” said Syracuse Head Coach Scott […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played each other 68 times on the gridiron. This Saturday, for the first time ever, the game will be played with both teams as members of the ACC.

“I’m extremely humbled to be a part of it as a head coach now,” said Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer at his Thursday press conference. “Growing up as a kid, I watched those games…now we’re in the ACC, that’s the only change.”

Shafer’s team is 5-5 on the year, with two chances left at earning a bowl bid. The same is true for the 5-5 Pitt Panthers.

Historically, these two teams are about as even as two teams can be. Pitt leads the overall series 34-31-3, and has won seven of the last eight. Yet when the two teams met last year, Syracuse won a close one 14-13. They’re so close that throughout the history of this rivalry, Syracuse averages 19.6 points per game against Pitt, and Pitt averages 19.5 against the Orange.

Both teams are coming off tough losses, but in different fashion. Syracuse ran into the ACC’s version of a superpower last week in Florida State, and the Seminoles had their way with the Orange. Pitt played a close game against North Carolina, but even after a furious rally in the fourth quarter, the Panthers comeback attempt fell just short.

Familiar Opponents

This game features a ton of guys who know each other very well from the past. The two teams feature 14 players who played together in high school. Syracuse RB/WR Ashton Broyld (Sophomore/Rochester, NY) played with four Pitt players at Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY.

“They talk a lot of trash, you can see it on film, helmet moving, looking at the guy with their body language,” Broyld said. “I don’t keep in touch with any of those guys.”

Complete list:

Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY) – Syracuse: RB/WR Ashton Broyld, LB Dyshawn Davis, WR Jeremiah Kobena; Pitt: FB Mark Giubilato, DL Khaynin Mosley-Smith, DB Jevonte Pitts, LB Todd Thomas

Liberty High School (Bethlehem, PA) – Syracuse: WR Jarrod West; Pitt: WR Devin Street, LB Anthony Gonzalez

The Haverford School (Haverford, PA) – Syracuse: CB Joe Nassib; Pitt: LB Matt Galambos

Blue Mountain High School (Schuylkill Haven, PA) – Syracuse: C Jason Emerich; Pitt: K Brad Lukasak

Key Match-ups

Pitt Wide Receivers vs. Syracuse Defensive Backs

The Panthers have two of the best wide receivers in the ACC in Devin Street (Senior/Bethlehem, PA) and Tyler Boyd (Freshman/Clairton, PA). Street and Boyd are the only pair of teammates to rank in the ACC’s top seven in both receptions and receiving yards per game.

“Street’s had a real good run at Pitt, but Tyler Boyd is only a handful of catches…under what Larry Fitzgerald [had] in his freshman year,” Shafer said. “Larry Fitzgerald, come on, so this kid is really good.”

Syracuse is a little banged up in the secondary. After losing CB Keon Lyn (Senior/Miramar, Fla.) for the season to a lower body injury against Clemson, the Orange lost CB Julian Whigham (Sophomore/West Palm Beach, Fla.) to a long contusion against Florida State.

Look for Wayne Morgan (Sophomore, Brooklyn, NY) to see a lot of time in Whigham’s stead, and Joe Nassib (Senior/Newton Square, PA) could see some action as well.

Aaron Donald vs. Syracuse Offensive Line 

Donald (Senior/Pittsburgh, PA) has been a one-man wrecking crew on the Pitt defensive line. He’s a finalist for the Nagurski Award (awarded to the top defensive player in college football), as well as the Rotary Award (awarded to the nation’s top offensive/defensive lineman). He has 22.5 tackles for loss to go along with ten sacks so far this year in ten games.

Syracuse’s offensive line is one of the few units on the team that has remained healthy all year. The Orange has started the same offensive line for every game this season. Keeping Donald out of the face of quarterback Terrel Hunt (Sophomore/Rosedale, NY) is key for the Orange to gain any sort of yardage with all of their offensive injuries.

Injuries

Syracuse

Adrian Fleming (lower body) – out for year

Ross Krautman (lower body) – out for year

Keon Lyn (lower body) – out for year

Tyler Marona (upper body) – out for year

John Raymon (lower body) – out for year

Prince Tyson Gulley (lower body) – out for game

Brisly Estime (upper body) – out for game

Isaiah Johnson (upper body) – out for game

Ben Lewis (upper body) – out for game

Jarrod West (upper body) – out for game

Julian Whigham (upper body) – out for game

Jason Emerich (lower body) – doubtful

 

Pittsburgh

No formal injury report released to media.

Jordan Greer on the NBA

November 22, 2013

Games of the Night: Thunder Gets Revenge Against Clippers; Nuggets Outlast Bulls Story by Jordan Greer Photos courtesy of AP Since there were only two NBA games on the docket last night, let’s dive into both. The first of the double feature showcased an intriguing matchup of Western Conference powers, but Oklahoma City showed no […]

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Games of the Night: Thunder Gets Revenge Against Clippers; Nuggets Outlast Bulls

Story by Jordan Greer

Photos courtesy of AP

Since there were only two NBA games on the docket last night, let’s dive into both.

The first of the double feature showcased an intriguing matchup of Western Conference powers, but Oklahoma City showed no interest in keeping it close.  The Thunder (8-3) easily dispatched the Los Angeles Clippers (8-5) 105-91 with Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer, racking up 28 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.

The Thunder shot 51.9 percent from the field as a team, largely due to getting easy attempts close to the basket.  Oklahoma City outscored Lob City 58-32 on points in the paint.

Aggressiveness offensively was also apparent due to the free throw numbers, as the Thunder nearly doubled the Clippers in free throw attempts (29 to 15).

Serge Ibaka was able to stay on the floor last night after being ejected the last time these teams met on Nov. 13 in Los Angeles.  That ejection resulted from a physical altercation with Blake Griffin in the second quarter, and the Clippers would go on to win that game 111-103.

It was a different story this time around as Ibaka made his presence known with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Despite the loss, a couple of Clippers extended double-double streaks.  Chris Paul finished with 17 points and 12 assists.  Paul has now started the season with an NBA record 13 straight games of at least 10 points and 10 assists.  Magic Johnson held the previous record with 11 straight games to start the 1990-1991 season.

Griffin scored 27 points and grabbed 10 boards for his 6th straight 20-10 game.  He showed the ability to make the midrange jumper when the Thunder defense relaxed.  He also continued to show his improvement as a post passer by dishing out 5 assists.

This was simply a dominating OKC effort.  The Thunder led for the entire game, and the Clippers could never sustain success on the offensive end.  Los Angeles had little ball movement in their half court sets, a problem that has plagued them in the postseason since Paul joined the team.  The Thunder shut down any possible comeback attempts with little trouble.

·  Show me the money!  A Thunder fan made a half court shot at halftime for $20,000.  Brad Brucker, a 33-year-old teacher, drained his attempt for a big check courtesy of MidFirst Bank.  Brucker was congratulated by Jay-Z and Beyonce, who were watching the game courtside. (Video)

·  Matt Barnes did not play and is expected to be out at least two weeks due to retinal surgery on his left eye.  Barnes was ejected during the Nov. 13 meeting as a result of his role in the altercation with Ibaka.

·  Russell Westbrook still has not appeared to find his groove.  He certainly has all of his quickness and athleticism back after his injury, but his shot is still a work in progress.  He went 5-13 from the field, including 0-6 from three point range.

·  Rookie Steven Adams has been impressive in the early stages of the season.  He certainly made the most of his time last night, totaling 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists in 24 minutes.

 

Now, we travel to Denver…

The Nuggets (5-6) had just a little bit too much for the Bulls (6-4), taking advantage of big bench contributions on the way to a 97-87 victory.

Nate Robinson and Jordan Hamilton combined to make four three pointers in the fourth quarter, serving up the vicious body blows that would knock the Bulls down and leave them unable to recover.

Hamilton led the Nuggets with 17 points while Robinson finished with 11 points in a poor shooting night against his former team.  Robinson’s typical chaotic energy may have backfired on him early as he seemed to be pressing offensively, but he hit big shots from downtown when it mattered most.

Derrick Rose, similar to Westbrook for the Thunder, shows no signs of being limited athletically, yet he remains inconsistent with his jumper.  Rose went 9-20 from the field, missing many attempts that are typically automatic.

Joakim Noah was a bright spot for the Bulls.  Noah nearly pulled off a triple double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.  He did the usual Noah things, attacking the offensive glass for second chance points and yelling triumphantly after.

Chicago certainly missed its wingman Jimmy Butler, who was out with a toe injury.  Mike Dunleavy had a decent showing with 15 points, but Luol Deng was simply abysmal.  Deng went 3-18 from the field for 6 points and 4 turnovers.

The forward combo of Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson worked well for Denver.  Faried had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Hickson had 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Both players utilized their speed and athleticism to get up the floor for some easy dunks, including an impressive alley oop from half court as Ty Lawson found Faried for a two-hand throwdown.

The Nuggets grabbed the Bulls by the horns in the fourth quarter in a game that was close up until the Robinson and Hamilton threes.  Chicago is still working on how to work together on the offensive end with Rose back.  Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau is known for his defensive prowess, but at a certain point you have to put the round orange thing in the basket.

Speaking of Orange…

 

Catching Up with the ‘Cuse

Carmelo Anthony

It’s obvious the Knicks (3-8) are struggling, but don’t blame ‘Melo.  Although his shooting numbers are down, he is taking on much of the scoring load for a team that has been crushed by injuries and poor roster construction.  It doesn’t help not having Tyson Chandler to make up for the Knicks poor perimeter defense, too.  (ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh makes an interesting point about Anthony being on the floor at the same time as Andrea Bargnani and how it relates to his performance.)

Season Averages: 26.1 ppg, 2.8 apg, 9.5 rpg, 42% FG, 33% 3PT FG

 

Michael Carter-Williams

 

Carter-Williams returned for the Sixers (5-8) from a foot injury Wednesday to play 34 minutes against the Raptors.  He shot only 2-10 from the field with 6 turnovers, but did add 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  I’m sure MCW fans are just happy to see him back on the floor.

Season Averages: 16.6 ppg, 7.4 apg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 spg, 38% FG

 

Wesley Johnson

 

Johnson had a solid performance on Sunday as the Lakers (5-7) took down the Pistons.  He went 6-8 from the field for 13 points in 21 minutes of play.  It will be interesting to see how Los Angeles utilizes Johnson with the impending return of Kobe Bryant.

Season Averages: 7.8 ppg, 1.3 apg, 3.9 rpg, 38% FG, 40% 3PT FG

 

Dion Waiters

 

The on court performance isn’t really of interest in this case.  Waiters missed two consecutive Cavs (4-8) games due to illness on Nov. 15 and 16, but there were rumors of a locker room confrontation in Cleveland after guard Kyrie Irving called a players-only meeting.  Fuel was added to the fire when Irving showed up for the game Nov. 15 with a black eye and broken nose.  Waiters has denied the rumors and said he was sick over the weekend of the two games.  Let’s see if that meeting was what the doctor ordered for the Cavs.  It certainly can’t get much worse.

 

Season Averages: 13.1 ppg, 2.3 apg, 3.1 rpg, 37% FG, 39% 3PT FG

 

James Southerland is on the Charlotte Bobcats active roster but has yet to appear in a game this season.

Syracuse Sets Records, Stays Undefeated Against Maryland Eastern Shore

November 21, 2013

(Syracuse) – Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened. The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season. The win was never in doubt as […]

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(Syracuse) – Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened.

The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season.

The win was never in doubt as the Orange set a program record for most points in a game and most points in a half after leading 64-15 at the end of the first.  It was also the widest margin of victory in team history.

“I had no idea what the record was,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman after the game.  “It was just one of those things where we got it clicking. We played phenomenal.”

The Lady Hawks were unable to handle the swarming Orange full court and half court zone pressure. Syracuse forced 31 turnovers and produced easy baskets in transition.

“We got going into situations where we made them cross half court and try to make a play,” said Hillsman.  “I think that our length and our athleticism really changed the game with our pressure.”

Sophomore guard Brianna Butler had struggled coming into this game, shooting only 28 percent from the field on the season. She served up a big performance, scoring 20 of her career-high 23 points in the first half.  Butler added another personal-best for 3-point field goals made by draining 7 of 11 from deep.

“I just hit the open shot. I just focused on getting my feet set and getting in rhythm,” said Butler.  “They were just falling.”

Butler’s fellow sophomore guard Brittney Sykes continued her hot start to the year with an impressive overall line of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  She recognized the importance of the sophomore duo playing well.

“Coach talked to us and told us that we had to contribute big this season as sophomores and take a leadership role,” Sykes said.  “To combine for 42 (points) is a great feeling to know that our teammates trust us with the ball.”

Senior guard La’Shay Taft finished with 12 points off the bench and hit a three from the right wing in the second half to break the previous team record of 103 points.  That was set by the 1978 Orange women against William Smith.

“I guess I’ll be known for that until somebody snaps the record,” said Taft with a smile.  “It’s a good thing.  It’s a plus.”

Hillsman said his team played two complete halves and continued to play hard and clean despite having a large lead.

“I thought overall it was one of those nights where we just got it rolling, got it clicking and we played well,” said Hillsman.

Syracuse will close out its four-game homestand against Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.  It will be the last home game for the Orange women until Dec. 16.

Coach Quentin Hillsman postgame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7viJXBahcRA

La’Shay Taft, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler Postgame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAi4S7Mf6g

SU Sets Records; Tramples UMES

November 21, 2013

Orange rewrites program history books with most points in a game, 113-42 Story, photo and videos by Jordan Greer (Syracuse) – Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened. The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night […]

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Orange rewrites program history books with most points in a game, 113-42

Story, photo and videos by Jordan Greer

(Syracuse) – Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened.

The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season.

The win was never in doubt as the Orange set a program record for most points in a game and most points in a half after leading 64-15 at the end of the first.  It was also the widest margin of victory in team history.

“I had no idea what the record was,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman after the game.  “It was just one of those things where we got it clicking. We played phenomenal.”

The Lady Hawks were unable to handle the swarming Orange full court and half court zone pressure. Syracuse forced 31 turnovers and produced easy baskets in transition.

“We got going into situations where we made them cross half court and try to make a play,” said Hillsman.  “I think that our length and our athleticism really changed the game with our pressure.”

Sophomore guard Brianna Butler had struggled coming into this game, shooting only 28 percent from the field on the season. She served up a big performance, scoring 20 of her career-high 23 points in the first half.  Butler added another personal-best for 3-point field goals made by draining 7 of 11 from deep.

“I just hit the open shot. I just focused on getting my feet set and getting in rhythm,” said Butler.  “They were just falling.”

Butler’s fellow sophomore guard Brittney Sykes continued her hot start to the year with an impressive overall line of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  She recognized the importance of the sophomore duo playing well.

“Coach talked to us and told us that we had to contribute big this season as sophomores and take a leadership role,” Sykes said.  “To combine for 42 (points) is a great feeling to know that our teammates trust us with the ball.”

Senior guard La’Shay Taft finished with 12 points off the bench and hit a three from the right wing in the second half to break the previous team record of 103 points.  That was set by the 1978 Orange women against William Smith.

“I guess I’ll be known for that until somebody snaps the record,” said Taft with a smile.  “It’s a good thing.  It’s a plus.”

Hillsman said his team played two complete halves and continued to play hard and clean despite having a large lead.

“I thought overall it was one of those nights where we just got it rolling, got it clicking and we played well,” said Hillsman.

Syracuse will close out its four-game homestand against Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.  It will be the last home game for the Orange women until Dec. 16.

Coach Quentin Hillsman postgame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7viJXBahcRA

La’Shay Taft, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler Postgame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAi4S7Mf6g

Game Notes

•The previous team record for points in a half was 59, set three different times (1997 against Central Florida, 1999 against West Virginia, 2001 against West Virginia).

•The previous team record for margin of victory was 70, set against Delaware State in 2011.

• Syracuse went 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line on the night, which is impressive considering the frequency in which the team practices free throws.  Coach Hillsman: “We shot free throws one time. I’m never shooting them again in practice.

•Maryland Eastern Shore struggled offensively even when it did not turn the ball over.  The Lady Hawks shot 11 of 50 (22 percent) from the field and 2 of 20 (10 percent) from three point range.

•Junior guard Jessica Long led Maryland Eastern Shore in scoring (18.7 points per game) coming into tonight’s contest, but she only had 9 points in 29 minutes of action.

•Reserves played a key role in the Orange women’s win.  Syracuse totaled 56 bench points compared to 15 for the Lady Hawks.

•Syracuse has now won 56 non-conference home games in a row.  The last non-conference home loss was Dec. 22, 2006 versus Canisius.

SU Sets Records; Tramples UMES

November 21, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened. The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season. The win was never in […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened.

The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season.

The win was never in doubt as the Orange set a program record for most points in a game and most points in a half after leading 64-15 at the end of the first.  It was also the widest margin of victory in team history.

“I had no idea what the record was,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman after the game.  “It was just one of those things where we got it clicking. We played phenomenal.”

The Lady Hawks were unable to handle the swarming Orange full court and half court zone pressure. Syracuse forced 31 turnovers and produced easy baskets in transition.

“We got going into situations where we made them cross half court and try to make a play,” said Hillsman.  “I think that our length and our athleticism really changed the game with our pressure.”

Sophomore guard Brianna Butler had struggled coming into this game, shooting only 28 percent from the field on the season. She served up a big performance, scoring 20 of her career-high 23 points in the first half.  Butler added another personal-best for 3-point field goals made by draining 7 of 11 from deep.

“I just hit the open shot. I just focused on getting my feet set and getting in rhythm,” said Butler.  “They were just falling.”

Butler’s fellow sophomore guard Brittney Sykes continued her hot start to the year with an impressive overall line of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  She recognized the importance of the sophomore duo playing well.

“Coach talked to us and told us that we had to contribute big this season as sophomores and take a leadership role,” Sykes said.  “To combine for 42 (points) is a great feeling to know that our teammates trust us with the ball.”

Senior guard La’Shay Taft finished with 12 points off the bench and hit a three from the right wing in the second half to break the previous team record of 103 points.  That was set by the 1978 Orange women against William Smith.

“I guess I’ll be known for that until somebody snaps the record,” said Taft with a smile.  “It’s a good thing.  It’s a plus.”

Hillsman said his team played two complete halves and continued to play hard and clean despite having a large lead.

“I thought overall it was one of those nights where we just got it rolling, got it clicking and we played well,” said Hillsman.

Syracuse will close out its four-game homestand against Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.  It will be the last home game for the Orange women until Dec. 16.

Video

Coach Quentin Hillsman postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7viJXBahcRA

La’Shay Taft, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAi4S7Mf6g

Crew Wraps Outdoor Training

November 19, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Syracuse University’s men’s rowing team is wrapping up outdoor practices for the fall.  With the weather getting progressively colder and the water bound to get icy, the team will move indoors and focus primarily on fitness. The fall racing swing for the team included a Top 10 finish for the varsity eight at the […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Syracuse University’s men’s rowing team is wrapping up outdoor practices for the fall.  With the weather getting progressively colder and the water bound to get icy, the team will move indoors and focus primarily on fitness.

The fall racing swing for the team included a Top 10 finish for the varsity eight at the Princeton Chase, coming in ninth out of 60 collegiate teams. But the Orange finished a disappointing 24th out of 32 crews at the Head of the Charles that included both collegiate and post-collegiate club rowers.

The goal going through the winter and into the spring season is to peak toward the end of the spring for the Eastern Sprints and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta which serves as the national championships for Division I men’s crew.

“We understand that we’re not really race ready the first race of the season,” said Captain Kyle Rogers, a graduate student in his fourth year rowing for SU. “Usually our stroke rating for the race is a little lower earlier in the season and we try and build up and add and kind of use what we learned in the first race and build on the next one. Hopefully by the final race of the season, we’ve peaked.”

“Our coach (Dave Reischman) would say our goal is to row hard every day,” said Jake Martens, a senior and the other captain “To put in as much work as we possibly can to maximize the return on our investment and I would say our ultimate purpose behind doing that is to get back to the Grand Final at Sprints and hopefully top 10 in the country at the IRA.”

Syracuse crews have won five IRA championships in the varsity eight-oared shell competition over the years but the most recent came in 1978. The crew had a disappointing third level finish at the IRA last spring after making the Grand Final in two of the three years before.

Martens says the athletes definitely feel the pressure.

“We’re all very aware of the past successes of the university,” he said. “And we’re also aware of the fact that over the last 30 years or so it hasn’t performed to the standards of its history.”

The first spring race is a scrimmage at Princeton in March.