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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.

Crew Wraps Outdoor Training

November 19, 2013

Story, photo and video by Matt Dowell 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 […]

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Story, photo and video by Matt Dowell

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.

Orange Escapes Terriers’ Grip

November 19, 2013

Story and video by Mason Walling Photo by Michael Silver   The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50. “It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I […]

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Story and video by Mason Walling

Photo by Michael Silver

 

The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50.
“It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I think this will help us going forward.”

DaJuan Coleman led the charge early on for the Orange, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in the first 12 minutes of play. With just over two minutes to play in the first half, Trevor Cooney hit a three-point jumper from the corner and was fouled, giving Syracuse a six point lead after completing the four point play. However, the Orange never led by more than eight in the first half, and the Terriers went into the break only trailing 30-26.

St. Francis (Brooklyn) came out of the break hot, taking the lead 33-32 on a three pointer from Anthony White with just over 17 minutes left. Syracuse tied the game four times after that but the Orange would not hold the lead again until there was less than a minute left.

With only one minute and thirty seconds remaining, C.J. Fair missed a contested layup, but Jerami Grant got the rebound and the put back to tie the game at 50. On the next possession, Grant got a steal and drove the ball coast to coast, dishing it to Michael Gbinije for the go-ahead layup.

St. Francis forced up desperate shots on its next two offensive tries, leading to a must foul situation where a pair of free throws from Grant and another pair from Fair sealed the win for the Orange. Syracuse held St. Francis scoreless in the final four minutes of the game.

“We’ve certainly got a lot of work to do and that’s not a surprise,” Boeheim said.

Each team had three players finish in double digits as Coleman led the Orange with 14 points while Grant had 13 and Cooney 12. C.J Fair, who’d been averaging over 20 points a game was held to seven on two for 13 shooting. Jalen Cannon of St. Francis led all scorers with 16 points, as Wayne Martin finished with 13 and Anthony White with 10.

The Terriers fall to 2-2 on the season, and the Orange improves to 4-0 as the team prepares to travel to Hawaii to finish out the bulk of the Maui Invitational. Monday’s game was billed as the opener for the Maui tournament although had St. Francis pulled off the upset Syracuse would still have advanced.
“Any team is beatable in the NCAA, we almost lost to St. Francis, so definitely going into this [Maui Invitational] we have to build our confidence up and get ready to play next time,” Jerami Grant said.

Post game video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HUl0yC7Igo

 

Orange Escapes Terriers’ Grip

November 19, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50. “It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I think this will help us going forward.” […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50.

“It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I think this will help us going forward.”

DaJuan Coleman led the charge early on for the Orange, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in the first 12 minutes of play. With just over two minutes to play in the first half, Trevor Cooney hit a three-point jumper from the corner and was fouled, giving Syracuse a six point lead after completing the four point play. However, the Orange never led by more than eight in the first half, and the Terriers went into the break only trailing 30-26.

St. Francis (Brooklyn) came out of the break hot, taking the lead 33-32 on a three pointer from Anthony White with just over 17 minutes left. Syracuse tied the game four times after that but the Orange would not hold the lead again until there was less than a minute left.

With only one minute and thirty seconds remaining, C.J. Fair missed a contested layup, but Jerami Grant got the rebound and the put back to tie the game at 50. On the next possession, Grant got a steal and drove the ball coast to coast, dishing it to Michael Gbinije for the go-ahead layup.

St. Francis forced up desperate shots on its next two offensive tries, leading to a must foul situation where a pair of free throws from Grant and another pair from Fair sealed the win for the Orange. Syracuse held St. Francis scoreless in the final four minutes of the game.

“We’ve certainly got a lot of work to do and that’s not a surprise,” Boeheim said.

Each team had three players finish in double digits as Coleman led the Orange with 14 points while Grant had 13 and Cooney 12. C.J Fair, who’d been averaging over 20 points a game was held to seven on two for 13 shooting. Jalen Cannon of St. Francis led all scorers with 16 points, as Wayne Martin finished with 13 and Anthony White with 10.

The Terriers fall to 2-2 on the season, and the Orange improves to 4-0 as the team prepares to travel to Hawaii to finish out the bulk of the Maui Invitational. Monday’s game was billed as the opener for the Maui tournament although had St. Francis pulled off the upset Syracuse would still have advanced.

“Any team is beatable in the NCAA, we almost lost to St. Francis, so definitely going into this [Maui Invitational] we have to build our confidence up and get ready to play next time,” Jerami Grant said.

Video

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Tenacious Terriers Come Up Short

November 19, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to be up by […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to be up by four at halftime, 30-26. St. Francis, which plays in the North Eastern Conference, made headlines to start the season, shocking the University of Miami on the road, 66-62 in overtime.

The Terrier defense began to lock down and slow the pace even more in the second half. Orange players were forcing bad shots and committing untimely turnovers to the dismay of the home crowd. Senior guard Ben Mockford hit a three 3-pointers to silence the crowd during the last 20 minutes.

“We needed to keep playing our style of basketball,” Mockford said. “Getting in the passing lanes, aggressive defense, it was working really.”

With four minutes remaining, the small school from Brooklyn took a four-point lead. But the lead slipped away as the Terriers began to turn the ball over. The Orange went on a 10-0 run to finish and win going away 56-50, in what became an unexpectedly entertaining matchup.

Looking dejected after the loss, Mockford, who hails from Shoreham, England, touched on how close his team had been to another upset in this early season.

“A few plays here and there down the stretch and we could have won that ball game,” he said. “It’s tough to shoot in that zone [defense], you know. It’s not your typical zone where people think you can shoot threes. The wings are 6’8”. It’s tough.”

Wayne Martin, the freshman forward who attended South Shore High in Brooklyn was dominant inside for the Terriers. He outplayed all of the Orange big men, finishing with 13 points on five for eight shooting, with five rebounds and two blocks.

Head Coach Glenn Braica expressed admiration for his young team and the strategy coming in.

“Our game plan was to get the ball inside, then go from there,” Braica said. “Whether it was our bigs going to the basket, or playing inside out.”

Mockford, the team captain with plenty of tattoos and attitude recognized the opportunity his team had. Playing on national television, in a hostile environment and summed things up eloquently.

“Syracuse are a great team, a great program. We came into this game wanting to win. It came down to a few plays here and there, and it’s just the way it fell.”

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Tenacious Terriers Come Up Short

November 19, 2013

Story and photo gallery by Michael Silver The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to […]

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Story and photo gallery by Michael Silver

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The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to be up by four at halftime, 30-26. St. Francis, which plays in the North Eastern Conference, made headlines to start the season, shocking the University of Miami on the road, 66-62 in overtime.

The Terrier defense began to lock down and slow the pace even more in the second half. Orange players were forcing bad shots and committing untimely turnovers to the dismay of the home crowd. Senior guard Ben Mockford hit a three 3-pointers to silence the crowd during the last 20 minutes.

“We needed to keep playing our style of basketball,” Mockford said. “Getting in the passing lanes, aggressive defense, it was working really.”

With four minutes remaining, the small school from Brooklyn took a four-point lead. But the lead slipped away as the Terriers began to turn the ball over. The Orange went on a 10-0 run to finish and win going away 56-50, in what became an unexpectedly entertaining matchup.
Looking dejected after the loss, Mockford, who hails from Shoreham, England, touched on how close his team had been to another upset in this early season.
“A few plays here and there down the stretch and we could have won that ball game,” he said. “It’s tough to shoot in that zone [defense], you know. It’s not your typical zone where people think you can shoot threes. The wings are 6’8”. It’s tough.”
Wayne Martin, the freshman forward who attended South Shore High in Brooklyn was dominant inside for the Terriers. He outplayed all of the Orange big men, finishing with 13 points on five for eight shooting, with five rebounds and two blocks.
Head Coach Glenn Braica expressed admiration for his young team and the strategy coming in.

“Our game plan was to get the ball inside, then go from there,” Braica said. “Whether it was our bigs going to the basket, or playing inside out.”

Mockford, the team captain with plenty of tattoos and attitude recognized the opportunity his team had. Playing on national television, in a hostile environment and summed things up eloquently.
“Syracuse are a great team, a great program. We came into this game wanting to win. It came down to a few plays here and there, and it’s just the way it fell.”
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Syracuse Defense Causes Problems for Cornell in 89-48 Victory

November 18, 2013

Text and Photo by Ethan Joyce Video by Chelsea Brobst   (Syracuse) – The Syracuse women’s basketball team used stingy defense to cause 29 turnovers and create multiple fast break opportunities against Cornell Monday evening, beating the Big Red 89-48. Brittney Sykes lead the Orange with 23 points and five steals in a matchup at […]

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Video by Chelsea Brobst

 

(Syracuse) – The Syracuse women’s basketball team used stingy defense to cause 29 turnovers and create multiple fast break opportunities against Cornell Monday evening, beating the Big Red 89-48. Brittney Sykes lead the Orange with 23 points and five steals in a matchup at the Carrier Dome.

“Today in shootaround, we really focused on ball pressure,” Sykes said. “We knew that Cornell, after scouting them, that they really couldn’t handle ball pressure even though they are a great team.”

The Orange (3-0) started off quickly on defense, working a full-court press until coming across half court and settling into the zone. Within the first five minutes of the game, Cornell (2-1) turned the ball over four times.

Syracuse’s offense also stumbled in the opening minutes. Cornell forced the Orange into three turnovers.

Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman called a timeout about six minutes into the game to remind his team to stay focused when handling the ball.

“It’s just about knowing who is in your area,” Hillman said. “I think there are times that we didn’t do a very good job in our sets. But once we settled down and got back into the half court, then I thought they (the players) did a great job recognizing what was going on.”

After the quick regroup, Syracuse went on a 24-3 run. The team shut down Cornell’s passing lanes and used defensive rebounds to start fast breaks. Shakeya Leary (6’3″) used her height advantage against the Cornell frontcourt pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking two shots before the half. She finished the game with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Leary said she feels her defensive rebounding has improved since last season, and it is helping her start the offensive attack.

“I’ve just really been going to the boards and getting rebounds,” Leary said. “That is really starting the transition on the offense for my teammates. Especially to Brittney–she is good at leaking out.”

Sykes had 11 points by the end of the first half. She said during halftime, she noticed that she only had two rebounds. She decided to dedicate her second-half efforts on battling for more.

“I was kind of upset with myself, knowing that I wasn’t helping my team going to the offensive glass and getting those possessions back,” Sykes said. “After realizing that, I knew I had to pick it up for my team.”

This was Sykes’ second 20-point effort in the first three games of the season and Hillsman said he is proud of the effort he has seen from his leading scorer.

“I thought Brittney did a good job getting out in transition. She created numbers for us, and once the ball gets off the glass, she is attacking the paint.”

With Sykes leading the attack, Syracuse dominated Cornell’s interior defense and scored 36 points in the paint.

Syracuse’s  next game will be at home on Wednesday against Maryland Eastern Shore at 7 p.m.

For video of Coach Hillsman’s and the players’ news conference, click here: http://youtu.be/MufV8DXWA1w

 

SU Men earn 48th straight victory over Colgate, 69-50

November 17, 2013

Story, photo and video by Rilwan Ameen Having to overcome slow starts is becoming a common theme for the Syracuse Orange (3-0) early in this season. Deja vu occurred again at the Carrier Dome Saturday. As in the opening game of the season against Cornell, SU’s opponent, the Colgate Raiders (0-2) came out firing away from three […]

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Story, photo and video by Rilwan Ameen

Having to overcome slow starts is becoming a common theme for the Syracuse Orange (3-0) early in this season. Deja vu occurred again at the Carrier Dome Saturday. As in the opening game of the season against Cornell, SU’s opponent, the Colgate Raiders (0-2) came out firing away from three to take an early lead, causing the Orange to adjust its game-plan en route to a 69-50 victory.

The turning point in Syracuse’s 25th consecutive win at the Carrier Dome came when Trevor Cooney and C. J. Fair connected on back-to-back three-pointers to extend the lead to nine (27-18). The baskets capped a 10-0 run at the 6:39 mark in the first half.

From that point on, the Orange never looked back.

Syracuse’s activity on the glass, contesting of shots in the paint and big games from freshman point guard Tyler Ennis and Fair all led to the comeback from an early deficit.

Fair led the way with a game-high 20 points and Ennis hit 4 of his 6 three-point attempts.

The performances of both helped the Orange shift the game in their favor and grab the momentum.

“Threes were a big part of the game and we started pressing and we kind of sped them up and turned them over,” Fair said.

With Colgate’s defensive attention focused on stopping reigning ACC player of the week Trevor Cooney beyond the arc, Ennis, made the most of his open looks from the outside.

“My guys were finding me today when they got the ball open in the middle of the zone,” Ennis said. “I’m going to take the open shots when they’re there and hopefully they fall like they did today.”

Ratcheting up its defensive effort from the first half, when Syracuse forced 12 Colgate turnovers, the Orange forced 9 more in the second half with their full-court press traps; two of which led to Sophomore Michael Gbinije electrifying the Carrier Dome with explosive dunks.

“That’s definitely what Boeheim wants, for us to just get out and run,” Gbinije said. “He wants us to have an up-tempo basketball game, those were my first two dunks of the year, so I’m kind of excited about that.”

Despite his team winning its first three contests, Coach Jim Boeheim pointed out missed free throws as one of several flaws in the Syracuse performance.

“When you’re playing a slow paced game you can’t miss 16 free throws. We missed three dunks and three other layups and you have to capitalize on those things.” Boeheim said.

“We didn’t make a lot of turnovers, but we made three or four bad ones in transition where we could score.”

After halftime, Syracuse turned to its size advantage to put the game out of reach.

“In the second half we got on the boards better,” Boeheim said. “That’s something that you obviously have to do when your playing a smaller team, you have to take advantage of your size.”

Senior Center Baye Moussa Keita was part of a strong effort by the Syracuse front-court to protect the paint and crash the boards with four blocks and 26 offensive rebounds of 52 total boards.

“I think we needed that,” Keita said. “Just today was just one of those games because we played a smaller team with a lot of shooters.”

Looking to improve in the next game, Gbinije said the Orange have to come out ready no matter the opponent.

“You can’t sleep on anybody, upset season starts right at the beginning of the season.”

The Orange (3-0) hosts another in-state rival, the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers next on Sunday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Watch Coach Boeheim’s post-game news conference here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H9JF1BgoEg

Reporter Role Model Dave McMenamin

November 16, 2013

Newhouse alum covers the Lakers By Pete Sweeney The first newspaper Dave McMenamin ever wrote for was called the “Suburban and Wayne Times” in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The bi-weekly paper had a distribution of 25,000 people. For the first time, his name was on the byline and he relished the idea that so many […]

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Newhouse alum covers the Lakers

By Pete Sweeney

The first newspaper Dave McMenamin ever wrote for was called the “Suburban and Wayne Times” in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The bi-weekly paper had a distribution of 25,000 people. For the first time, his name was on the byline and he relished the idea that so many people would be seeing his work.

Today, as the ESPN Los Angeles Lakers beat writer, McMenamin has nearly 51,000 Twitter followers, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary, who direct messages him on a regular basis to talk basketball.

“I was in high school playing ‘Californication’ until the CD wouldn’t work,” McMenamin says. “In that respect, it’s a fantastic thing.

Talking to a member of his favorite band is just one of the many perks of being an NBA basketball writer, something McMenamin has always known he has wanted to do. A “voracious reader” as a young kid, he developed a passion for writing and story telling at a very early age. He says that this gave him a distinct advantage in pursuing his dream.

“When I had friends in high school and in college going through that searching process, I already had a direction.”

McMenamin went to Syracuse to study at the Newhouse School in pursuit of his dream. While at Syracuse, his love for basketball never waned. He helped manage the Syracuse basketball team and even played college basketball in Ireland during his study abroad year.

Upon graduation in 2005, McMenamin’s first job was a high school basketball coach in San Diego. The job paid $1,000 for the season. To supplement that virtually unlivable salary, he worked in a Halloween store. Even though he was still working in basketball, his passion, he wasn’t happy.

But that’s when things changed. The NBA reached out to McMenamin about a job he had applied to four months earlier, working for its website. McMenamin would spend the next four years as a writer for NBA.com before leaving in 2009 for ESPN.

One of the major things that have made McMenamin so successful is his willingness to go the extra mile. Before he writes a piece, he reads everything he possibly can about that given topic. Before he conducts an interview, he’ll log onto YouTube and watch as many one-on-one interviews with that person that he possibly can.

“There is no such thing as over-preparation,” McMenamin says.

This type of attitude didn’t hurt when McMenamin was given the opportunity to interview Kobe Bryant in an ESPN Sunday Conversation this past summer, a moment he describes as a “surreal thing.”

“When you’re sitting in a director’s chair in a darkened room and there’s a camera behind you and a camera in front of you and three producers, a couple PR people, and a Nike rep, you’re sitting there and you’re having a conversation one-on one, and you [think about] how many people are going to see it when it’s finished. That stood out because it was kind of surreal thing to go to.”

But the magnitude of the moment did not affect McMenamin’s preparation. He had done his research. Earlier this year, Kobe posted the following on Facebook: “I’d rather be perceived as a good winner than a good teammate.”

Without researching, McMenamin would have never read this. And he would have never been able to ask a question that no one had ever asked him before: “What good is winning, if you’re not sharing it with your teammates?”

What Kobe responded with was a personal vision of his future – sitting with other Lakers players 20 years down the line, staring each other in the eye and wondering “What if?” Thanks to research, McMenamin gave us a previously unseen look into the competitive psyche of Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

“Be relentless. Be creative. Be persistent,” he says.

Along with staunch research, McMenamin stresses how important it is to be well-rounded in today’s sports media world. If you’re a columnist and you’re good at it, you’ll eventually have to do radio. If you’re on the web and the radio, you’ll likely have to eventually do television.

“Getting yourself comfortable in every medium could help you get more opportunities,” he says.

While you’re busy getting comfortable in all forms of media, McMenamin preaches to never say NO when presented with an opportunity. The sports media business is smaller than one might think. In Philadelphia, McMenamin interned for a high school sports show on NBC. There was an older talent there that had just graduated college. He became a mentor for McMenamin. Years later, his mentor was producing for SportsCenter, booking McMenamin for basketball segments. You never know, he says.

Most importantly, be passionate about what you do. McMenamin has been passionate about basketball his whole life. He’s covered the game from Team USA to Game 7 of the NBA finals, and takes pride in the fact that he is now a “keeper of the game.” When it’s all set and done, he’s content in the fact that he will be able to leave something legitimately important behind.

“Athletes care about their legacy, and [for us,] it’s a different ballgame,” McMenamin said. “In journalism, one of the perks of the job is that you are able to build a body of work and hopefully leave something that’s still around when you’re not.”

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Syracuse Women Dominate Dartmouth in Dome Opener, 88-47

November 15, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener. The Orange took an lead early in the game off […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener.

The Orange took an lead early in the game off a three-pointer from Taylor Ford as part of a 9-0 run that took place in the first five minutes of the game.

Syracuse then broke out the full court press, creating turnovers on consecutive Dartmouth possessions and finishing with easy baskets in transition.

At halftime, Taylor Ford was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, notching 12 points. Sykes led all scorers with 18.

Despite the sharp shooting early, it seemed as though both teams forgot their offense in the locker rooms. Syracuse and Dartmouth went a combined 2-for-23 from three point range in the second half. The Big Green was initially able to keep pace with the Orange, but it was only a matter of time before Syracuse defensive pressure once again caused havoc.

The Orange offense got a boost from the defense, as a steal and dish to Sykes regained momentum. Sykes collected her 26 points in only 28 minutes of action.

With five minutes remaining in the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman had taken out all his starters. That’s when the Orange bench stepped up. Senior Phylesha Bullard had a stellar performance, scoring 9 straight points to end the game.

Ford went 4-for-5 on three-pointers for the night, missing her last and only attempt in the second half.

Shakeya Leary contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, half of which were offensive boards.

Freshman Isabella Slim struggled from the field but was an impressive 6-for-8 from the free throw line, totaling 10 points for the game.

Defense was the driving force in this game. Syracuse’s full-court press forced 22 turnovers and had 13 steals.

“I think our defense was great. I thought we got a lot of traps,” said Brianna Butler, who finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. “We got a lot of back court 10-second calls. So I think that our defense helped definitely into transition for Brittney to get out and everyone to run the floor.”

“If we’re going to play fast, going to play up and down the court, we have to play numbers,” Hillsman said. “We gotta play our bench players, we gotta play our subs. They gotta get in the game and be productive. We can go 9 or 10 deep easy. Every night. And that’s what we’re really getting towards.”

Next Game

Up next, the Orange women will take on the Cornell Big Red in the Dome. Tip off is set for Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Video

Post game from Coach Q, Shekaya Leary, Brittney Sykes, and Brianna Butler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zReUHp9Ma-Q

Syracuse Women Dominate Dartmouth in Dome Opener, 88-47

November 15, 2013

Story. photo and video by Julianne Dellorso SYRACUSE – The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener. The Orange took an lead […]

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Story. photo and video by Julianne Dellorso

SYRACUSE – The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener.

The Orange took an lead early in the game off a three-pointer from Taylor Ford as part of a 9-0 run that took place in the first five minutes of the game.

Syracuse then broke out the full court press, creating turnovers on consecutive Dartmouth possessions and finishing with easy baskets in transition.

At halftime, Taylor Ford was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, notching 12 points. Sykes led all scorers with 18.

Despite the sharp shooting early, it seemed as though both teams forgot their offense in the locker rooms. Syracuse and Dartmouth went a combined 2-for-23 from three point range in the second half. The Big Green was initially able to keep pace with the Orange, but it was only a matter of time before Syracuse defensive pressure once again caused havoc.

The Orange offense got a boost from the defense, as a steal and dish to Sykes regained momentum. Sykes collected her 26 points in only 28 minutes of action.

With five minutes remaining in the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman had taken out all his starters. That’s when the Orange bench stepped up. Senior Phylesha Bullard had a stellar performance, scoring 9 straight points to end the game.

Ford went 4-for-5 on three-pointers for the night, missing her last and only attempt in the second half.

Shakeya Leary contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, half of which were offensive boards.

Freshman Isabella Slim struggled from the field but was an impressive 6-for-8 from the free throw line, totaling 10 points for the game.

Defense was the driving force in this game. Syracuse’s full-court press forced 22 turnovers and had 13 steals.
“I think our defense was great. I thought we got a lot of traps,” said Brianna Butler, who finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. “We got a lot of back court 10-second calls. So I think that our defense helped definitely into transition for Brittney to get out and everyone to run the floor.”

“If we’re going to play fast, going to play up and down the court, we have to play numbers,” Hillsman said. “We gotta play our bench players, we gotta play our subs. They gotta get in the game and be productive. We can go 9 or 10 deep easy. Every night. And that’s what we’re really getting towards.”

Up next, the Orange women will take on the Cornell Big Red in the Dome. Tip off is set for Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Post game from Coach Q, Shekaya Leary, Brittney Sykes, and Brianna Butler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zReUHp9Ma-Q

SU’s Strong Start Pushes The Orange Past Fordham, 89-74

November 13, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74. Just under five minutes into the game, the Orange […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74.

Just under five minutes into the game, the Orange pulled out a 10 point lead against the Rams. Syracuse shot 53 percent in the first half and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Orange’s defense matched its strong offensive start in the first half with Syracuse holding Fordham to only six points in the paint and seven offensive rebounds.

“First half we were pretty good, ” head coach Jim Boeheim said. ” We did a pretty good job defensively. I think Fordham is a pretty good team offensively and we held them to 21 points and they made a couple of tough shots in that group.”

But the second half did not go as smoothly for the Orange. Entering the second half with a 25 point lead, Syracuse relaxed on defense letting Fordham cut the lead to 12 points. The Orange allowed Fordham’s guard Branden Frazier to score 19 of his 33 total points in the second half.

“I think we felt we had control of the game, ” said Boeheim. ” We lost our defensive edge and they took advantage of it. It’s something we obviously have to work on.”

A bit of the Orange’s defensive woes resulted from having to adjust to the new NCAA rule changes involving enforcement of hand-checking that went in affect this season. This translates to more foul shots and potential foul trouble for teams. In tonight’s game, Syracuse shot 42 free throws and Fordham shot 30 combining for a total of 55 fouls called in the game. Syracuse had three players, Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney, and Michael Gbinije with four fouls. Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes, Bryan Smith, and Travion Leonard all fouled out of the game.

“They’re going to call fouls,” Boeheim said. “You’ve got to be able to play without fouling. When we got into foul trouble we stopped guarding and you can not do that. They are going to call fouls. It’s going to be that way. Every game I watched today and last night, they are calling these fouls so we have to adjust to it.”

“I can see why they changed it but I think it kind of takes away from the game, ” said forward C.J. Fair. “It is just now a free throw contest. It slowed the game down and kind of got us out of sync on offense. It’s something we got to adjust to though.”

Fair led the Orange with 26 points, including 7 of 7 from the line. Syracuse had three other players score double digit points. Guard Tyler Ennis and forward Jerami Grant both chipped in 16 points. Center DaJuan Coleman added 10.

Next Game

The Orange hosts Colgate University Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Video

Watch Head Coach Jim Boeheim’s postgame news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CRcu0WMz2I

SU’s Strong Start Pushes The Orange Past Fordham, 89-74

November 13, 2013

Story, photo, and video by Jasmine Haynes Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74. Just under five minutes into the […]

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Story, photo, and video by Jasmine Haynes

Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74.

Just under five minutes into the game, the Orange pulled out a 10 point lead against the Rams. Syracuse shot 53 percent in the first half and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Orange’s defense matched its strong offensive start in the first half with Syracuse holding Fordham to only six points in the paint and seven offensive rebounds.

“First half we were pretty good, ” head coach Jim Boeheim said. ” We did a pretty good job defensively. I think Fordham is a pretty good team offensively and we held them to 21 points and they made a couple of tough shots in that group.”

But the second half did not go as smoothly for the Orange. Entering the second half with a 25 point lead, Syracuse relaxed on defense letting Fordham cut the lead to 12 points. The Orange allowed Fordham’s guard Branden Frazier to score 19 of his 33 total points in the second half.

“I think we felt we had control of the game, ” said Boeheim. ” We lost our defensive edge and they took advantage of it. It’s something we obviously have to work on.”

A bit of the Orange’s defensive woes resulted from having to adjust to the new NCAA rule changes involving enforcement of hand-checking that went in affect this season. This translates to more foul shots and potential foul trouble for teams. In tonight’s game, Syracuse shot 42 free throws and Fordham shot 30 combining for a total of 55 fouls called in the game. Syracuse had three players, Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney, and Michael Gbinije with four fouls. Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes, Bryan Smith, and Travion Leonard all fouled out of the game.

“They’re going to call fouls,” Boeheim said. “You’ve got to be able to play without fouling. When we got into foul trouble we stopped guarding and you can not do that. They are going to call fouls. It’s going to be that way. Every game I watched today and last night, they are calling these fouls so we have to adjust to it.”

“I can see why they changed it but I think it kind of takes away from the game, ” said forward C.J. Fair. “It is just now a free throw contest. It slowed the game down and kind of got us out of sync on offense. It’s something we got to adjust to though.”

Fair led the Orange with 26 points, including 7 of 7 from the line. Syracuse had three other players score double digit points. Guard Tyler Ennis and forward Jerami Grant both chipped in 16 points. Center DaJuan Coleman added 10.

The Orange hosts Colgate University Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Watch Head Coach Jim Boeheim’s postgame news conference here:

Orange Digs Out of First Half Hole; Tops Big Red 82-60

November 9, 2013

Breakout Night for Cooney Story and photos by Julianne Dellorso SYRACUSE – Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first […]

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Breakout Night for Cooney

Story and photos by Julianne Dellorso

SYRACUSE – Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first regular season game, putting up 27 points, going 7 for 8 from beyond the arc. C.J Fair added 19 and Rakeem Christmas had a dozen.

The Orange scored first in the game, with Fair putting in a layup on the opening possession. That lead was short lived, however, as Cornell went on a 12 point run, led by Nolan Cressler who had 20 points in the first half, scoring from all over the floor. Cornell eventually led by as many as 14. Two Cooney threes just before halftime cut the Big Red lead to 38-32 at the break.

In the locker room Boeheim called for improvement and the players got the message. Cooney said they knew that they had dug themselves into a hole and needed to find their way out.

Syracuse emerged after the break with a vengeance. The Orange applied full-court pressure in the second half and went on a 10-2 run that returned them the lead for the first time since being up by a point in the middle of the first half.

(c) Dellorso 2013

(c) Dellorso 2013

“We just made some adjustments defensively that just made a big difference,” Boeheim said. “We took away the high-post pass and we got to the shooters better. I just thought our movement was a little better. When you don’t move on defense, it doesn’t matter what defense you play.”

One thing the Orange did is find Cressler, who scored only three in the second half. What the Big Red could not do is stop Cooney. He sank five more three-pointers in the second half as Su outscored Cornell 50-22. He also had four steals in the game.

As the Orange got into the lead, the Dome crowd got into the game. The 24,788 in attendance started to chant Cooney’s name and get fired up by slams from Cooney, Fair and Christmas.

“A crowd for our first game was awesome,” Cooney said.”It felt good to have them behind you and the team,”

After the game, Boeheim talked about his expectations for the season.

“My realistic expectation is that we’re going to get better. We’re going to back and try to play better next week. And you know, go game by game and see if we can become what everyone’s predicting that we could become. We’re far from it.”

In a game where Cornell held the lead for almost the entirety of the first half, Boeheim had to give props to the Big Red.

“They made seven three’s against us in the first half,” he said “Not many teams do that.”

The Orange plays Fordham next, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Coach Boeheim news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646t5mcOWNk#t=74

C.J. Fair postgame here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mOHg6DVO9w

Orange Digs Out of First Half Hole; Tops Big Red 82-60

November 9, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first regular season game, putting up 27 points, going […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first regular season game, putting up 27 points, going 7 for 8 from beyond the arc. C.J Fair added 19 and Rakeem Christmas had a dozen.

The Orange scored first in the game, with Fair putting in a layup on the opening possession. That lead was short lived, however, as Cornell went on a 12 point run, led by Nolan Cressler who had 20 points in the first half, scoring from all over the floor. Cornell eventually led by as many as 14. Two Cooney threes just before halftime cut the Big Red lead to 38-32 at the break.

In the locker room Boeheim called for improvement and the players got the message. Cooney said they knew that they had dug themselves into a hole and needed to find their way out.

Syracuse emerged after the break with a vengeance. The Orange applied full-court pressure in the second half and went on a 10-2 run that returned them the lead for the first time since being up by a point in the middle of the first half.

“We just made some adjustments defensively that just made a big difference,” Boeheim said. “We took away the high-post pass and we got to the shooters better. I just thought our movement was a little better. When you don’t move on defense, it doesn’t matter what defense you play.”

One thing the Orange did is find Cressler, who scored only three in the second half. What the Big Red could not do is stop Cooney. He sank five more three-pointers in the second half as Su outscored Cornell 50-22. He also had four steals in the game.

As the Orange got into the lead, the Dome crowd got into the game. The 24,788 in attendance started to chant Cooney’s name and get fired up by slams from Cooney, Fair and Christmas.

“A crowd for our first game was awesome,” Cooney said.”It felt good to have them behind you and the team,”

After the game, Boeheim talked about his expectations for the season.

“My realistic expectation is that we’re going to get better. We’re going to back and try to play better next week. And you know, go game by game and see if we can become what everyone’s predicting that we could become. We’re far from it.”

In a game where Cornell held the lead for almost the entirety of the first half, Boeheim had to give props to the Big Red.

“They made seven three’s against us in the first half,” he said “Not many teams do that.”

The Orange plays Fordham next, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Video

Coach Boeheim news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646t5mcOWNk#t=74

C.J. Fair postgame here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mOHg6DVO9w