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Orange Women Roll Over Canisius in Twin-bill Opener

Orange Women Roll Over Canisius in Twin-bill Opener

Text and Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The #5 SU women’s lacrosse team hosted Canisius College on Saturday in part one of an Orange doubleheader. Freshman attacker Emily Hawryschuk recorded a hat trick on Saturday afternoon, while Devon Parker, Nicole Levy and Natalie Wallon contributed to the fight with two goals each. Syracuse […]

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Text and Photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The #5 SU women’s lacrosse team hosted Canisius College on Saturday in part one of an Orange doubleheader.

Freshman attacker Emily Hawryschuk recorded a hat trick on Saturday afternoon, while Devon Parker, Nicole Levy and Natalie Wallon contributed to the fight with two goals each.

Syracuse (2-0) defeated Canisius (1-2), 18-6.

The Orange women will be back in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night when they host the Binghamton Bearcats.

Cardinals Survive Orange Men in OT, 76-72

Cardinals Survive Orange Men in OT, 76-72

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Jon Cerio  SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Despite two monstrous comebacks by Syracuse – one in regulation and the other in overtime, the Syracuse fell short against Louisville, 76-72, in front of 25,303 fans at the Carrier Dome on Monday night. “These guys fight,” Coach Jim Boeheim said of his players. “They […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Jon Cerio 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Despite two monstrous comebacks by Syracuse – one in regulation and the other in overtime, the Syracuse fell short against Louisville, 76-72, in front of 25,303 fans at the Carrier Dome on Monday night.

“These guys fight,” Coach Jim Boeheim said of his players. “They fight as hard as you can fight. Louisville is a top ten team. Top five, maybe. That’s an unbelievable accomplishment to come back like that against a team like that. It was an unbelievable effort. Herculean effort.”

Ice Cold From Deep

After suffering a tough 80-75 loss on the road in Pittsburgh two days ago, The Orange returned home, looking for its third straight home victory against a top ten team.

Syracuse entered Monday night’s matchup with the Cardinals in second place in the ACC in three-point percentage (40 percent). That number took a hit against Louisville, as the Cardinals’ defense suffocated and frustrated the Orange, forcing bad possessions and highly contested shots. The Orange finished 8-for-34 from behind the arc (24 percent), it’s worst percentage since the end of December, when Syracuse shot 16 percent in an embarrassing loss to St. John’s.

“Outside of the end, we did a great job of focusing on Andrew White, because I think he’s the best shooter in college basketball,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “Even his misses on film go in and out.”


Playing Catch Up

The Orange (16-11, 8-6 ACC) stumbled out of the gate, missing its first six shots from the field, and being held scoreless until White III’s three got Syracuse on the board with 15:33 remaining. Junior guard Quentin Snider was red hot early, drilling his third three of the game with 11:47 left in the first half, extending Louisville’s lead to six. Snider scored 11 of his team’s first 15 points, but finished with just 14 on the night.

With Syracuse trailing 18-14, Louisville began to pull away. The Cardinals went on a 10-0 run, with Anas Mahmoud accounting for six of them. The junior forward finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Down to the Wire

After going almost four minutes without a bucket to start the game, the Orange went cold again from the field, going more than four minutes again without a point. John Gillon’s three with 5:37 to go in the half not only ended the scoreless streak, but launched an impressive comeback by Syracuse. Over the final 5:54 of the first half, the Orange outscored Louisville 11-1, capped off by a jumper from Tyler Lydon, cutting Louisville’s lead to four at the break.

With the Orange down seven at the 17-minute mark in the second half, Syracuse clawed back with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes, as Taurean Thompson’s layup with 13:52 left gave the Orange its first lead of the evening. Thompson’s 11 points all came in the second half. Lydon (14 points) put Syracuse up by two after drilling a three-pointer with 9:01 to go. Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell answered right back with three of his team-high 16 points.

In what has been an up and down year for sophomore guard Frank Howard, Monday’s performance was a positive one. Howard’s free throw with 6:33 gave the Orange a two point lead. That was Syracuse’s last point for more than four minutes.

Louisville proceeded to go on a 9-0 run, culminating with a three from Mitchell, giving the Cardinals a 55-48 lead. Again, it was Gillon to end the scoreless streak, draining a three with 2:01 to go, cutting Louisville’s lead to four. The graduate transfer from Colorado State wasn’t done there. After a Jaylen Johnson tip slam gave Louisville a three point lead, Gillon came back the other way, and hit a high-arching rainbow three, tying the game at 58.

Deng Andel then missed both free throws, giving Syracuse a chance to win it in regulation. Gillon drove to the basket but lost the ball off of his leg. Snider’s desperation heave from half court sailed out of bounds as the buzzer sounded, signaling the end of regulation.

Surprising Star in OT

With Donovan Mitchell fouled out, Rick Pitino called on freshman guard Ryan McMahon to give Louisville some quality minutes. McMahon did not play at all in regulation, but the freshest man on the floor in overtime came up big when it mattered most. After Andrew White completed the three-point play to start the extra frame, McMahon nailed a three of his own, tying the game at 61. He tied the game again at 63 a piece, after grabbing an offensive rebound, and laying it in with 3:37 left. Mahmoud’s free throw with 45 seconds left capped off a 10-0 run by the Cardinals, giving Louisville an 8 point lead. Syracuse had not scored since White’s free throw at the 3:58 mark.

Andrew White’s three with 36 seconds left cut the deficit to five. After Adel knocked down two free throws, Frank Howard connected from deep, trimming Louisville’s lead to four with 25 seconds remaining. Adel went back to the stripe, but only made one out of two. With the Orange down five, White got fouled on a three-point attempt. The graduate transfer calmly drained all three free throws, cutting Louisville’s lead to two. Jaylen Johnson then missed both of his free throws, giving the Orange one last chance. White launched a three that came up short, but Tyler Roberson grabbed the rebound, and got fouled on the way up. The senior then missed both free throws. Overtime hero McMahon then knocked down both of his, sealing the win for Louisville, and finally shutting the door on the Orange’s valiant comeback.

Off Night for White

Syracuse’s leading scorer did just that on Monday night. Andrew White led the Orange with 22  points, but only went 7-for-24 from the field, and a dreadful 2-for-14 from behind the arc.

Final Four

After an incredible, yet unexpected run to the Final Four last year, the Orange finds itself in a familiar situation. After two remarkable wins at home against top ten opponents, and a hard-fought victory against Clemson, Syracuse has now dropped two in a row. Despite the two quality wins against Florida State and Virginia, eight wins in the ACC is not going to get it done.

With just four games remaining – two against Georgia Tech, one against Duke, and a trip to Louisville, the Orange have almost zero room for error. Because of an abysmal non-conference performance, Syracuse will most likely have to win at least two of the next four games for a shot at the NCAA tournament.

The Orange will have to wait almost a week to get back on the floor, as Syracuse travels to Atlanta for a Sunday evening matchup with another bubble team in Georgia Tech (15-10, 6-6 ACC). The Yellow Jackets have a few quality wins of their own, with victories over UNC, Florida State and Notre Dame, all at home.

“We’ll see,” White said after being asked if the Orange was a tournament team. “We got four games to prove that. Backs up against the wall. We’re going to have good a chance to prove ourselves these next four games.”

Louisville (21-5, 9-4 ACC) will

head back home to take on Virginia Tech this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Hokies are coming off an impressive win at home against 12th ranked Virginia.

More photos:  http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2017/02/photos-syracuse-vs-louisville.html

 

Sykes Hits Career High as Orange Women Pound Tar Heels

Sykes Hits Career High as Orange Women Pound Tar Heels

Story by Mike Drew Photo courtesy cuse.com SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Entering play Sunday, the Syracuse women’s basketball team had won 17 consecutive home games. Its task was to defeat an unranked North Carolina squad that knocked them off 77-73 in Chapel Hill last January. From the opening tip, one thing became abundantly clear. Brittney Sykes was […]

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Story by Mike Drew

Photo courtesy cuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Entering play Sunday, the Syracuse women’s basketball team had won 17 consecutive home games. Its task was to defeat an unranked North Carolina squad that knocked them off 77-73 in Chapel Hill last January.

From the opening tip, one thing became abundantly clear. Brittney Sykes was about to make the Tar Heels the Orange’s 18th straight victim in the Carrier Dome. The Orange cruised throughout to a 95-64 victory.

“We’re playing well,”Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Being nine and four in the best conference in the country is phenomenal.”

Starting strong

After a back and forth first six minutes, the Orange put the Tar Heels behind the eight-ball. Keyed by the dribble-drives of Sykes and the perimeter shooting of her backcourt partner Alexis Peterson, S.U. went on a 20-4 run to take a commanding 31-14 lead. The pair combined for 29 of the team’s 43 points in the first half.

The final stages of the first quarter and early ones of the second represented a master class put on by Sykes. Seemingly running circles around the UNC defense, she took total control of the game.

“When she goes to her right, she’s unstoppable,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said.

That’s exactly what she did. The young bigs that North Carolina featured were helpless in attempting to catch up to her. In many cases, they were forced to foul (Sykes would go on to shoot 17 free throws in the game, making 13).

“I was just taking what the defense was giving me,” Sykes said. “And they were giving me the open lane. If they cut it off, I kicked it out to the shooters and we just played off the ball.”

Putting down the throttle

To start the third quarter, the Tar Heels mounted an 11-1 run to draw within 12. Redshirt sophomore guard Paris Kea knocked down a pair of jumpers to lead the way (she finished with a team high 27 points).

But Sykes made sure the rally would go no further. She thunderously rejected a jump-shot from UNC’s Taylor Koenen to swing the momentum pendulum back to Syracuse. Then, she took two assists from Peterson, after her teammate came away with steals on back-to-back possessions, and converted them into easy lay-ins. The rout was back on.

Size matters

Syracuse also held a decisive advantage in rebounding. The Orange pulled down 50 boards in the game, compared to just 30 for UNC. 16 of S.U.’s boards belonged to Briana Day, a season high for the senior. Day also scored 16 points, which made this the fifth straight game in which she, Sykes and Peterson have each gone for double figures.

“Anytime we can get our big three scoring and affecting the game like that, we are going to have a good game,” S.U. coach Quentin Hillsman said.

One final dagger

As the fourth quarter wound down, Sykes tied her career high point total (31) on a free throw. Every time she touched the ball after that, the crowd rose in anticipation, hoping to see history. The fans got their wish when Sykes drove towards the basket, got bumped on her right arm and still managed to knock down a floater. She completed the three-point play to reach a new personal best of 34 points. The crowd gave her a standing ovation as she left the game with two minutes to go.

What’s next

The Orange faces one of its toughest tests of the year next Sunday when No. 7 Notre Dame (who beat Georgia Tech 90-69 Sunday) visits the Carrier Dome. The game tips at 5:00 and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Meanwhile, North Carolina will host that same Georgia Tech squad Thursday at 7:00.

Orange Men Whip Siena in Season Opener

Orange Men Whip Siena in Season Opener

Story and photo by Andrew Leffler SYRACUSE, New York– It was another day of action in the Carrier Dome Saturday. The turf was out, and the hardwood floor was stored away. The goalposts, however, were nowhere in sight, with the start of spring football practice more than a month away. It was the Syracuse men’s lacrosse […]

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Story and photo by Andrew Leffler

SYRACUSE, New York– It was another day of action in the Carrier Dome Saturday. The turf was out, and the hardwood floor was stored away. The goalposts, however, were nowhere in sight, with the start of spring football practice more than a month away.

It was the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team that took the field, playing its season opener against Siena College.

It was a little deja vu, considering Syracuse hosted Siena around the same time last year crushing the the Saints 18-5. Although the score was slightly different this time (19-6), the outcome was the same.


In The Beginning, We Had A Game

In the early stages of the game, it appeared that sixth-ranked Syracuse had a little competition. Senior Nick Mariano got things started with the first goal of the season, but shortly after, Siena’s Eric Munn responded with a goal of his own. In 17 games last season, Mariano finished with 46 points (35 goals and 11 assists). In the first game of his final season, he finished the game with seven points, scoring three goals, and dishing out four assists.

Emotions were high for Mariano. “I was just fired up,” he said after the game. “I take this game very seriously. I have a lot of passion and love for this game. It’s my last year of playing collegiately, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

After the first period, Syracuse led 7-3, but Coach John Desko wasn’t hesitant to mention the early game mistakes on his team’s end, but the quick recognition on the team’s part to fix it.

“We got a little better as the day went on,” he said.”I thought it was disappointing giving up some of those balls early. They were kind of easy goals. We had left a player on one to get to our matchup and got an outside shot on us. We had left another player on the inside wide open on the crease.”

He continued, saying that he “got a little concerned about that early, and then as the game went on, we started to eliminate those mistakes.”

And Then The Story Was One-Sided

After the first period, Syracuse outshot Siena 16 to 5. It was the Saints’ inability to score in the second period that allowed Syracuse to run away the rest of the game. Siena only got four shots off in the second while Syracuse got 17. After two periods, Syracuse had taken 33 shots and picked up 27 ground balls, while Siena had fewer than ten of each.

Brendan Bomberry played in his first game at the Dome, and in a Syracuse uniform. A junior transfer from Denver, Bomberry, finished the game with four goals in his Syracuse debut, one of those goals being a “SportsCenter Top 10” no-look behind the back goal.

Excitement was high for Bomberry’s first time in the Dome, as he explained his emotions after the game.

“It was awesome. There is a lot of hype and opportunity. All the guys were telling me how much fun it is playing in the Dome, and now I know, but I was really nervous, didn’t know what to expect, but when I put that first one in, it really gave me a lot of confidence.”

Ultimately, Syracuse finished with 54 shots and 50 ground balls, compared to Siena’s 26 shots and 20 ground balls.

A Little Look Ahead

After getting knocked out in the quarters by Maryland in last year’s NCAA Tournament, Syracuse is all business. The Orange will see Albany next at the Dome on February 18th. Desko’s squad went 13-3 last year, and is looking to have a similar, if not better, season.

Orange Women begin with blowout win

Earlier in the afternoon Coach Gary Gait’s No. 5 SU women’s team opened its season with an 18-8 win over No. 17 Boston College at the Dome. Junior Riley Donovan has four goals and three assists to lead the Orange, tying her career best in points.

The Orange women play a day-night doubleheader at the Dome on Feb 18 against Canisius and Binghamton.

Orange Women Soar Over Eagles

Orange Women Soar Over Eagles

Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry Chestnut Hill, Mass. —  Before the Super Bowl, comes women’s basketball. The  No. 24 Syracuse Orange (17-7, 8-3 ACC) defeated the Boston College Eagles (8-15, 1-9) 72-45 on Sunday afternoon at the Conte Forum. On Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Eagles looked to snap a three game […]

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Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry

Chestnut Hill, Mass. —  Before the Super Bowl, comes women’s basketball.

The  No. 24 Syracuse Orange (17-7, 8-3 ACC) defeated the Boston College Eagles (8-15, 1-9) 72-45 on Sunday afternoon at the Conte Forum.

On Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Eagles looked to snap a three game losing streak.

BC Head Coach, Erik Johnson, highlighted this special day after the game and said he wished his team could have given them a better game.

“It’s inspiring to see all the young girls that want to become better human beings through the sport. That being said we had a high level opponent today and Syracuse showed why they are a top 20 team,” he said.


Glimmer of Hope for BC

It didn’t look like the Eagles stood a chance at the end of the first quarter when the Orange led by 17 but the Eagles put more pressure on the Orange in the second, preventing them from scoring for three and a half minutes. The Orange still went on to outscore the Eagles by one point in the second.

“They (Boston College) are a really good shooting team,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We wanted to be aggressive on the offensive end and limit their 3-point attempts and makes. I thought we did that today.”

Johnson felt that rebounding was a big difference between the two teams. Syracuse had 44 rebounds while BC only had 26.

“When we were able to execute defensively we did get stops,” Johnson said. “We did everything right game plan wise, and then we just have to grab a rebound.”

Johnson also said he feels like his team handled Syracuse’s pressure well.

“We just didn’t convert enough on the other end,” he said.

Stepping up for the Orange

Brittany Sykes and Alexis Peterson have been called the nation’s best backcourt over and over and today their performance was no different, combining for 44 points. Peterson also recorded her 17th 20-point game this season.

“Syracuse played well, Alexis Peterson showed why she’s one of the best guards in the country, she leads our conference in both points and assists.” Johnson said. “She was the difference both offensively and defensively.”

The duo weren’t the only ones that put points on the board. Briana Day and Julia Chandler combined for 23 points.

Chandler had back-to-back three-pointers in the second quarter, going 4-6 from behind the arc with a total of 12 points on the day. Day recorded a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Up Next

The Orange and Eagles will both head to North Carolina next. Syracuse will take on Duke on Friday at 7 p.m. and Boston College will take on UNC Thursday at 5:30.

Orange Men Roar Back, Knock Off No. 9 Virginia

Orange Men Roar Back, Knock Off No. 9 Virginia

Story by Brianna Adams Photos by Kelsey Snider Syracuse, N.Y. — As Tyus Battle snagged the rebound after a missed 3 from London Perrantes, fans were well out of their seats as the Carrier Dome erupted Saturday afternoon celebrating Syracuse’s huge comeback to upset No. 9 Virginia, 66-62. While the total is not official according to […]

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Story by Brianna Adams

Photos by Kelsey Snider

Syracuse, N.Y. — As Tyus Battle snagged the rebound after a missed 3 from London Perrantes, fans were well out of their seats as the Carrier Dome erupted Saturday afternoon celebrating Syracuse’s huge comeback to upset No. 9 Virginia, 66-62.

While the total is not official according to the NCAA, Jim Boeheim’s 15th win of the season also marks the head coach’s 1,000th win coaching the Orange.

It was the fourth straight win for Syracuse (15-9, 7-4 ACC) and the second over a Top Ten team in eight days, after the victory over Florida State last Saturday.

“Obviously, four games ago we were in a really deep hole we had to work our way out of and they’ve done a great job,” Boeheim said.

Cavaliers First Half Dominance

Virginia (17-5,7-3)came out of the gate strong figuring out the famous SU zone almost immediately. Syracuse started off forcing some Cavaliers’ turnovers but failed to capitalize against the No.1 defensive team in the country. Coming off of a 43-point game Wednesday at North Carolina State, John Gillon could not solve that Cavalier defense. The starting point guard guard did not put up any points in the first half with just three attempts.

Virginia used the Orange’s offensive struggles to its advantage securing the lead from the beginning. Off the bench, Kyle Guy governed behind the arc late in the first half adding to an 8-0 Virginia run to put a stamp on its dominance against the Orange heading into the locker room, 34-22.

Deja Vu

The last time a comeback this big happened was when the two teams met in the Elite Eight round of the 2016 NCAA tournament. Rewind to last year.

Syracuse was a 10 seed and Virginia was number one. Virginia came out on fire and led after the first half 35-21. The Orange trailed by as many as 16 in the second half before coming back to upset the Cavaliers 68-62 and make the Final Four.

Fast forward to Saturday.

Again Syracuse struggled early and fell behind by 12 at the half. Once again the Orange came out for the second half looking like a completely different team.

In the first three minutes, Andrew White III drilled 3 three-pointers and Tyus Battle knocked down a three of his own to tie the game back up at 36.

Battle and White led the Orange with 23 total points each, a career high for the freshman Battle. After a layup from Gillon, the Orange took the lead for the first time in the game with twelve minutes remaining.

“In the second half, [Syracuse] spread us out and they attacked. Those wings are good,” Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett said. “They’re physical and tough. They can create their own.”

With the largest college game crowd this season, 27,553 in the building, spirits were up, the crowd noise was ear-shattering and the Orange players were motivated to finish this game out. UVA threatened Syracuse near the end after a three from Perrantes that cut the lead to one, but Syracuse had a mission to complete. And it succeeded.

“It feels great,” Battle said. “As a team, we all bond and we know we are trying to make the [NCAA] Tournament, so we knew we would have to go on a big run. We were moving with our hands up and we were fighting.”

Monumental Win

Boeheim has now handed 1,000 losses to his opponents. Due to NCAA violations, he was officially stripped of 101 wins so in the record books he is at 899 victories. Yet it was clear to all the fans that this was number 1,000.

The stands were covered with signs commemorating the win. Although the university and Boeheim could not technically celebrate the win, the coach was extremely heartfelt and gracious following the monumental win.

“I know how many wins I’ve had and I’m very proud of that,” Boeheim said.

Fear the Man Bun

Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett used all of his resources in the game against Syracuse. The bench came out fighting with Guy and his trademark “man bun” leading with 14 points, Ty Jerome (9) and Mamadi Diakite (8) were just shy of double digits.

In the second half, Guy was a clear threat after his run earlier. Every time Guy was in shooting position, the crowd let out gasps and became eerily silent. Guy also snapped Syracuse’s 9-0 run to start off the second half. In the last four games Guy played he scored a total 14 points, in this game alone he had 14 points on the day.

 

Looking Ahead

Syracuse looks to continue its hot streak looking for a fifth straight win, heading down to South Carolina to face ACC opponent Clemson Tuesday night at 8:00.

“We are going to enjoy this one for a couple hours here, but we need to get focused,” Tyler Lydon said.

Virginia will return to Charlottesville to face a tough opponent in No. 6 Louisville.

 

 

Orange Roars Out Then Hangs On to Upset Florida State

Orange Roars Out Then Hangs On to Upset Florida State

Story by Ashley Moore Photos by Mike Drew SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse outscored No. 6 Florida State by 18 points in the first half, then beat back a furious Seminoles’ second half rally before cementing an 82-72 upset win with superb free throw shooting by John Gillon at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. In the […]

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Story by Ashley Moore

Photos by Mike Drew

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse outscored No. 6 Florida State by 18 points in the first half, then beat back a furious Seminoles’ second half rally before cementing an 82-72 upset win with superb free throw shooting by John Gillon at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.

In the final minute of the game Gillon made 8-of-8 free throws to seal the deal for Syracuse.

“It’s the best first half we’ve had in a long time,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “And we kind of hung out there and were tough at the end.”

 

Upset Alert

With just short of 25,000 spectators in the stands, three lead changes in the first 12 minutes had Orange fans on the edge of their seats, as Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 ACC) went toe to toe with a top ten team. Florida State (18-4, 6-3) capitalized on nine offensive boards compared to the Orange’s two, but Syracuse’s shooting started to heat up.

Tyler Roberson sparked the team with an uncontested dunk, driving the crowd wild. With the energy from the fans, it was lights out from there. The Orange managed to pull away, going on a 20-6 run to end the half.

Tyler Lydon was active on the defensive end, tying a career-high six blocks in the first half.

A Tale of Two Halves

The Seminoles started the second half on a 25-10 run, rallying back to bring the lead within single digits, shooting 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. Jonathan Isaac scored 16 points and added nine boards after managing to score just three points before halftime.

“We didn’t make a whole lot of adjustments at halftime, only thing we did was ask them to do what we had from the game plan in the beginning,” Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Our guys executed a lot better, defended a lot better but we dug such a hole for ourselves.”

Down the Stretch

With ten minutes left in the game, Lydon grabbed an offensive rebound from an Andrew White III missed three-pointer and slammed home a one-handed dunk to give Syracuse momentum. But Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon silenced the crowd, downing a three-pointer pulling FSU within two points.

Coming in Clutch

With three minutes left in the game, Syracuse led by just three but those final minutes belonged to Gillon as he scored 13 points compared to Florida State’s five.

“I was just at a point where it wasn’t an option for me to miss,” Gillon said. “I had to just do what I could for my team.”

Next Up

 

Syracuse heads to Raleigh Wednesday to face NC State, hoping to earn its first road win of the season. Florida State will look to snap a two-game losing streak Wednesday at Miami.

 

White, Thompson Lead as Orange Holds Off Demon Deacons

White, Thompson Lead as Orange Holds Off Demon Deacons

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Ashley Moore SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After two blowout losses at the hands of North Carolina and Notre Dame on the road, the Syracuse Orange men returned home to face Wake Forest on Tuesday night. In a season filled with blowouts and runaway victories, clutch free throws down the stretch […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Ashley Moore

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After two blowout losses at the hands of North Carolina and Notre Dame on the road, the Syracuse Orange men returned home to face Wake Forest on Tuesday night. In a season filled with blowouts and runaway victories, clutch free throws down the stretch helped Syracuse escape with the win, defeating the Demon Deacons in front of 22,262 fans, and improving its conference record to 4-4.

“We haven’t been in any really close games,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “When you get in one for the first time it’s not always that easy, and they made really good plays when they had to. We’ve got to take this and build on it.”

White Hot

Andrew White III provided an early spark for the Orange, draining his first three-pointer of the game with just over two minutes gone by. White then ended an 8-0 run by Wake Forest, and a three-minute scoring drought by the Orange with his second three, tying the game at ten. After five unanswered points from the Demon Deacons, White struck again, cutting the deficit to two. As the half wound down with Wake Forest clinging to a two-point lead, White connected on his fourth three-pointer of the half, putting the Orange up, 29-28.
The graduate transfer finished the first half with 16 of his team’s 29 points. Despite the effort from White, Syracuse trailed 32-29 at the break.

Thompson Takeover

After a quiet first half (1-2 FG) in just five minutes of action, Syracuse freshman forward Taurean Thompson looked like a completely different player in the second half, scoring seven of his team’s first nine points, capped off with a jumper that put the Orange up by one with 16:33 to go.

“The big man on Wake Forest didn’t focus on getting back, which opened me a up a bunch of times,” Thompson said.

“He came up with some great stops for us and was able to knock down some big shots,” Tyler Lydon said. . “It really came down to everyone being active and being ready to play, and being clutch.”
Coming Through in the Clutch

The last time the Orange played competitively down the stretch was almost two months ago at Madison Square Garden in a loss to UConn. On Tuesday night, Syracuse found itself in nearly uncharted waters against the Demon Deacons.
Sophomore center Doral Moore’s slam with 10:23 left capped off an 6-0 run by Wake Forest, extending its lead to eight – its largest of the game. The Orange answered with a 5-0 run as John Gillon buried a three, cutting Wake Forest’s lead in half.
After Brandon Childress missed the front end of a one-and-one, Lydon drained a three of his own, tying the game at 57 with 7:50 remaining. With Wake Forest ahead by two, the Orange proceeded to go on an 8-0 run, with two consecutive three-point plays – the first coming on a drive to the basket by Tyus Battle, followed by Gillon finding Thompson down low for the layup, and the foul. The Orange led 67-61 with 4:25 to go.

Just as the Orange began to gain some momentum, back stormed the Demon Deacons – this time with a 7-0 run of their own, as Mitchell Wilbekin’s three-pointer with 2:33 left put Wake Forest back in front by one. The junior guard misfired on his next attempt from behind the arc, and White put the Orange back in front, for good. White’s fifth three-pointer of the game gave Syracuse a three-point lead with 1:23 remaining.
After missing two free throws earlier in the second half, Thompson got a chance to redeem himself – this time, to ice the game. The New York City native hit both, putting Syracuse up by four with eight seconds left, sealing the deal for the Orange.
White led the way for Syracuse with 27 points on 5-for-11 shooting from behind the arc, and a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, but Thompson was the story in the second half – scoring 16 of his 18 points.

Tale of Two Halves

In the first half, Wake Forest’s John Collins (23 points, 12 rebounds) dominated the Orange on the glass. The sophomore forward was everywhere, having his way down low with putback after putback. Collins finished the first half with 13 points and nine rebounds – more than half of Syracuse’s total at the break (15).

“Every game he’s getting better and better,” Boeheim said of Collins. “He’s just got good hands, he takes his time, he finishes inside.”

The Orange managed to contain Collins in the second half, holding him to only three rebounds, and winning the battle of the boards, 17-12. The Orange also took advantage of second-chance opportunities, scoring 13 points in the second half, and holding its opponent to just four.
“They made more plays the us down the stretch of the game in the second half,” Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning said. “I think that they came up with some timely second-chance opportunities.”
What Lies Ahead

With only ten games remaining before the ACC tournament begins, the Orange’s toughest test of the year will come this Saturday, as Syracuse (12-9, 4-4 ACC) plays host to 6th ranked Florida State (18-2, 6-1 ACC). The Seminoles are coming off impressive wins against Notre Dame and Louisville, and are currently in 1st place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tipoff is at noon.

As for the Demon Deacons, (12-8, 3-5 ACC), they will head home to face the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Orange Women Blow Out No. 14 ‘Canes

Orange Women Blow Out No. 14 ‘Canes

Text and photos by Michelle Fenelon Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse Women’s basketball team doesn’t lose at home. At least, not this season. Syracuse tied a school record 16 straight home wins as the Orange defeated No.14 Miami, 81-48, at the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon. Syracuse improves to 14-7, 5-2 in the Atlantic Coast […]

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Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse Women’s basketball team doesn’t lose at home. At least, not this season.

Syracuse tied a school record 16 straight home wins as the Orange defeated No.14 Miami, 81-48, at the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon.

Syracuse improves to 14-7, 5-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami falls to 14-5, 3-4 in conference play.

The top-scoring backcourt in the nation, Alexis Peterson (24 points) and Brittney Sykes (29 points), led the offensive attack for the Orange. Adrienne Motley and Emese Hof each scored 12 points for the Hurricanes.

Here’s a look at the doings in the Dome both on and off the court.

Beachem Lights Up as Irish Dismiss Orange

Beachem Lights Up as Irish Dismiss Orange

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SOUTH BEND, IN. — After suffering its first conference loss to Florida State on Wednesday night, Notre Dame returned home after two weeks on the road and defeated Syracuse, 84-66, in front of 9,149 fans at the Joyce Center on Saturday afternoon. The victory over the Orange was the […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SOUTH BEND, IN. — After suffering its first conference loss to Florida State on Wednesday night, Notre Dame returned home after two weeks on the road and defeated Syracuse, 84-66, in front of 9,149 fans at the Joyce Center on Saturday afternoon.

The victory over the Orange was the first win against Syracuse in exactly five years, and the first since the Irish joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Road Woes

The Orange continued to struggle defensively away from the Carrier Dome, allowing the Irish to carve up its zone for a majority of the game. Notre Dame shot a solid 49 percent from the field on 29-for-59 shooting.

“Our defense is not good,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It has been really bad on the road. If you can play defense at home, there’s no reason you can’t play it on the road. The court’s the same. We just, are not.”

The Irish had 20 assists, with nine coming from point guard Matt Farrell. With just over nine minutes left in the first half, the junior guard found V.J. Beachem with a behind-the-back pass, leading to a one-handed flush that sent the crowd to its feet. Notre Dame led 20-14. Farrell finished with 15 points to go along with his nine assists.

“He’s really, I think, one of the most improved players I’ve seen come into this league,” Boeheim said.

Beachem’s Career Day

Beachem began his college career at Notre Dame in 2013. The senior forward had scored 22 points three times – two of those performances coming this season. On Saturday, however, Beachem was on a different level, going 12-for-22 from the field, 6-for-10 from behind the arc, and finishing with a career-high 30 points. With his team up 20-14, Beachem drilled back-to-back threes, giving the Irish a twelve point lead with 7:48 left in the first half.

“V.J. was fabulous,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. “That may have been brewing for a while, but I thought he moved himself and we found him in different spots. I think what may have helped him is we had him guarding (Tyler) Lydon a little bit. It was different kind of defensive challenge for him, and I think that helped him on the offensive end.”

Runaway Victory

Despite being overmatched and outperformed by the Irish in the first half, Syracuse found itself trailing by only nine at the break. Lydon’s slam to start the second half cut the deficit to seven.

The Orange then went scoreless for almost four minutes, with the Irish going on a 9-0 run, and expanding their lead to 16 with just over 16 minutes to play. After a mini 4-0 run by the Orange that cut the lead to 14 with 8:31 to go, Beachem crushed the Orange’s hopes, draining another three and putting the Irish up 66-49.

Notre Dame cruised to victory, remaining undefeated at the Joyce Center this season (12-0).

The Road Ahead

As for Syracuse, the road remains a mystery for Boeheim’s bunch. As conference losses continue to mount for the Orange, so does the frustration level. Lydon, one of the few bright spots from Saturday’s loss, continued his sophomore campaign with another solid performance, finishing with a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds.

“Everyone is having mental lapses and they’re not playing defense the right way,” Lydon said.

Chants of “N.I.T.” emanated from the student section at the Joyce Center as the game came to a close. With only 11 games remaining for the Orange before the ACC tournament begins, and just three conference victories on its resume, the NIT might be a generous overestimation for this team’s future.

The Orange (11-9, 3-4 ACC) will be back at the Dome on Tuesday night to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-7, 3-4 ACC). Tipoff is at 8 p.m.

Notre Dame (17-3, 6-1 ACC) will host 16th ranked Virginia (15-3, 5-2 ACC) on Tuesday night at 8.

Tar Heels Dominate Boards, Beat Orange 85-68

Tar Heels Dominate Boards, Beat Orange 85-68

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Brianna Adams CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Well so much for Southern hospitality.  North Carolina bullied its way to 17-3 on the year, 5-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, with an impressive 85-68 victory over the Syracuse Orange on Monday night.  The Tar Heels out-rebounded Syracuse 44-24, including 18-6 on the […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Brianna Adams

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Well so much for Southern hospitality.  North Carolina bullied its way to 17-3 on the year, 5-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, with an impressive 85-68 victory over the Syracuse Orange on Monday night.  The Tar Heels out-rebounded Syracuse 44-24, including 18-6 on the offensive glass.  Isaiah Hicks, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, and Joel Berry II all scored in double figures for the Heels, and the three big men added 30 rebounds.

“I thought we played well, we did a lot of things well,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “Mostly everything well except defensive rebounding.”

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was gracious after getting his 800th career win. “They’re really a difficult team to play,” Williams said “They play a zone that’s more unusual so you practice it.”
Blasted on the boards

The Orange shot 44 percent from the field, starting the second half 9-12 from the field.  Tyler Lydon’s 26 points on 11-14 shooting were enough to overcome the rebounding margin and the disparity with points in the paint – which the Tar Heels won 46-20.

Syracuse did not play poorly on the offensive end.  The guard play was a bit suspect, with John Gillon going 1-7 from the field with four points and six assists and  Frank Howard played just one minute.

During the postgame news conference, Boeheim was asked why he stuck with Gillon for the entirety.

“What’s the difference?” he quipped.

Enjoy It While It Lasts

The game was fairly competitive throughout much of the contest in the Dean Dome.  Taurean Thompson got the Orange going with the game’s first points at 19:37.  The 2-0 lead was the only time Syracuse had the advantage the entire game.

North Carolina responded with 12-0 run, bookended by triples from Joel Berry II.  The run also saw back-to-back Kennedy Meeks layups and an Isaiah Hicks slam.

“I’m trying to attack, to use my body to my advantage,” Hicks said.  “Get to the rim, get to the free throw line, just try to make everybody be aware.”

Tyler Roberson picked up where he left off in last year’s Final Four matchup against the Tar Heels, combating the run with a 6-0 run of his own, cutting the lead to 12-8 at the 13:03 mark.

From the early going, it was apparent that UNC was going to give the Orange fits on the glass.  Before Syracuse could tally its first rebound of the game, the Tar Heels already had six.

 

Battling Back

After a Justin Jackson layup, Tyus Battle sunk a three to get Syracuse within three at 14-11.  Battle shined with his aggression and range with 13 points, three rebounds and four steals.

Following a Berry jumper, Lydon connected from beyond the arc to cut the lead to two at 16-14.  His 26 points were only three shy of his career high.  The two point margin was the closest Syracuse would get the rest of the way.

“Offensively, we did a lot of positive things,” Boeheim said.  “We needed a couple more plays and a couple less turnovers, but we really needed a couple more defensive rebounds.”

 

On Their Heels

For the remainder of the first half, it was one step forward, two steps back, for Syracuse.  Lydon’s three was followed by a Luke Maye jumper and a Hicks dunk.  A Gillon three-pointer with 8:15 left in the half was followed by a Meeks layup and tip in.  White’s first triple at the 4:53 mark was followed by a Hicks jumper and a Meeks layup.

Little by little, the Tar Heels worked their lead up to 12 points just before the half.  They went into the locker room leading 42-30.  UNC shot 47 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Second chance opportunities devastated the Orange.  At half time, UNC had 13 offensive rebounds and turned them into 12 second chance makes.  The offensive boards helped the Heels gain a 24-12 halftime advantage with points in the paint.

“I think that is what the game plan was,” Kennedy Meeks said.  “Last year, I think we averaged 44 points in the paint against those guys, so we wanted to keep pounding the ball inside.”

 

Second Wind

The Tar Heels pushed their lead to 15 on the first basket of the second half on a Kenny Williams three-pointer.

Syracuse responded in a big way.  Over the next 2:08, Syracuse went on a 12-0 run, silencing the happy fans in the Dean E. Smith Center.  It started with a three from Lydon, and also saw an Andrew White III triple, as well as baskets from Battle and Thompson.  Syracuse had shriveled a once daunting 15-point lead to 45-42 with 16:27 to go.

“We have pretty good offensive ability,” White said.  “It’s just a matter of transition defense and rebounding.  That’s what separates good teams from great teams.”

 

Back and Forth

Jackson and the Tar Heels answered with consecutive baskets.  The Orange battled UNC’s Maye and Meeks’ inside looks with a pair of Lydon jumpers and a White three over the next 2:22, keeping the Tar Heel lead hovering around eight points.

A Theo Pinson dunk put Carolina ahead 61-49 at the 11:41 mark.  The lead stayed in double digits for the bulk of the remainder.  Lydon and White really were the only force for UNC to reckon with the rest of the way, and White played with four personal fouls for a good portion of the second half.  At one point, the Dean Dome crowed collectively groaned after Lydon continually made shot after shot late in the game.

“I just appreciate coach having faith in me,” White said.  “Fouls or not, I always try to contribute, play my game, and fight till the end.”

 

Getting to 800

When the final buzzer sounded, North Carolina had earned its 17thwin of the season, and fifth victory in the ACC.  The UNC staff and players put together a ceremony to honor Head Coach Roy Williams on his 800th victory.  He’ll look for win 801 on Saturday in Chestnut Hill against Boston College.  Tip for that game is at noon.

“Two hundred is more impressive than 100, so when you get to 800 not a lot of guys have done that,” Williams said.  “So I’m human. I’ve got some feelings about those kind of things, and that was nice, but I hope that I get a few more.”

Syracuse is still winless on the road, falling to 11-8, 3-3 in ACC play.  The Orange looks to regroup before another tough road test against Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday at noon.

 

 

Orange Men Get Back at BC in Dome Blowout

Orange Men Get Back at BC in Dome Blowout

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sometimes the sequel is better than the original – at least, if you’re an Orange fan.   Syracuse flipped the script on the Boston College Eagles, putting a beating on them in its first rematch of the young ACC season, 76-53 at the Carrier Dome, Saturday. […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sometimes the sequel is better than the original – at least, if you’re an Orange fan.   Syracuse flipped the script on the Boston College Eagles, putting a beating on them in its first rematch of the young ACC season, 76-53 at the Carrier Dome, Saturday. BC had torched the Orange 96-81 on New Year’s Day in Chestnut Hill.

Tyus Battle led all scorers this time with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting.  After giving up too many easy baskets in a loss at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Syracuse was aggressive again on defense, coming up with eleven steals as part of 20 BC turnovers in the contest.

“You know, it is all defense,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “For us it was in the first half, it was strictly just the defensive effort.”


Some Like it Hot

Taurean Thompson got things rolling for the Orange early on.  In the first 2:25, he scored the Orange’s first six points, on his way to ten points and three rebounds for the game.

Syracuse was showing intensity from the early going, and finding the open man for good looks.

“Just the intensity, the effort, aggression,” Boeheim said.  “Being more aggressive, more activity.”

 

Deep Impact

Eagles’ freshman Ky Bowman also showed aggression from the get-go, looking to return to form against an Orange team he torched for 30 points on 7-8 from deep New Years Day in Boston.

Saturday’s game proved to be a different story.  Bowman was responsible for five BC turnovers and was 1-4 from deep in the first half.  He ended up with only three points in the game.

Jerome Robinson and A.J. Turner also played big roles in that drubbing the Eagles put on the Orange in the first game.  This time Syracuse limited them to nine and six points, respectively.

“They were much more aggressive defensively,” Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian said.  “They played passing lanes better. They did a better job of keeping them out of the sweet spots and then they were able to get out in transition.”

Turner hit one of his two 3s to answer Thompson’s early flurry at the 17:11 mark.

 

Howard’s End (Game)

At 15:07, Frank Howard came in as the Orange ran a two-guard set.  John Gillon had three of his game-high six assists by the time Howard entered the game.

There were some miscues – a bad pass from Howard in traffic, Gillon misjudging a fast break layup on the Orange’s next possession – but overall, the pair provided solid ball control and distribution on offense.  Battle and Andrew White III outperformed them in the steals department with three apiece.

“I thought Frank did a great job tonight,” Boeheim said.  “Our point guards struggled in the first half, but second half they bounced back and had eight points, nine assists.  I’ll take that.”

“I’m not out there thinking too much, just playing off instincts and trying to make the right read,” Howard said.

 

As Good As It Gets

Connar Tava and White traded treys soon after, before Robinson and Bowman gave BC its first, and only, lead of the game on a jumper and triple.  It was 13-12 BC with 12:55 remaining in the half.

 

Battle Royale

Over the next 8:19, Syracuse dominated on a 14-2 run, opening up an eleven-point advantage.  Back-to-back baskets from Tyler Roberson, combined with three points from Lydon and six straight from Battle, who capped off the run with a Dome-rocking triple to give the Orange the 26-15 lead.

 

Defending (For) Your Life

At one point in the stretch, Syracuse’s quick zone reaction turned a potential BC three-pointer into a Ky Bowman turnover.  Soon after that, the pressure caused an Eagle air ball from deep.

The Orange has played three home games in 2017.   In each game it has showed a much higher defensive energy than present in the road losses to BC and Virginia Tech.

“We had two great defensive games and then went to Virginia Tech and probably played one of our worst games,” Boeheim said.  “I think we are getting better, but we are still not there.  We have a lot of work to do.”

 

A Tale of Two Cities

Syracuse carried a 35-22 lead into the half.  The Eagles committed 15 first half turnovers, en route to 20 for the game.  Syracuse had 20 points off of those turnovers for the game.  The Orange shot 40 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

“When we played at our place, we caught the ball and we were very patient and poised and found the open guy,” Christian said.  “There was probably some open guys and we didn’t have the same kind of poise and I give them credit for that.”

 

(Ad)Vantage Point

Syracuse started strong again in the second half, getting three straight inside baskets to open up a 19-point margin against the Eagles at 41-22 within the first two minutes of the half. Including the end of the first half, Syracuse was on an 11-0 run.

Boston College answered back with back-to-back makes from Nik Popovic inside on a put-back, and Jerome Robinson from deep. Boeheim wanted a timeout.

After the huddle, White settled for a jumper in the lane after trying to dish it off.  Bowman was rejected on a BC fast break soon after by Lydon, who was fouled on the ensuing possession from deep.  He nailed all three shots, part of his 16 point, six rebound afternoon.

“We just have to come mentally prepared,” Lydon said.  “We just have to play together and I think we do a good job of that here. Then on the road, there are some tough environments and stuff like that.  We just need to focus on what the goal is and come out and play our game.”

A Jordan Chatman three at 12:38, followed by a Robinson layup, got the Eagles within 14 at 52-38 with 11:12 remaining.  That was the closest BC got the rest of the way.

 

Easy (Bench) Rider

The Orange responded with a 13-0 run, started with a Gillon-to-Battle three, and emphatically capped with a Lydon put-back slam to brought the crowd to its feet. Syracuse was up 65-38 with 6:40 remaining.  There was little in doubt.

At the 2:07 mark, and SU up 26, Boeheim sent in the walk-ons.  On ’90s Day in the Dome – where several Orange greats were remembered from the last decade of the past millennium – Adrian Autry Jr. entered onto the court where his father, now an SU assistant coach, starred at guard.

 

Revenge of the Fallen

Syracuse allowed eight threes in this game, half as many as they did less than two weeks ago in the loss to the Eagles.

“The numbers don’t lie in games we play good defense,” Lydon said.  “It is something we have to be aware of and hold each other accountable.”

 

The Day After Tomorrow

Syracuse improves to 11-7 on the year, 3-2 in ACC play.  Next up is a tough Monday night matchup in Chapel Hill with the Tar Heels of North Carolina at 7 p.m.  The 11th ranked Tar Heels defeated 9th ranked Florida State at home Saturday afternoon, 96-83.

“Against UNC, it’s a big game,” Battle said.  “I know that the crowd is going to be amazing there, so that will be a great one for us.”

Boston College drops to 9-9 on the year, 2-3 in the ACC.  The Eagles will try to regroup for their next game at home on Wednesday night against Virginia.  The tip for that game is set for 8 p.m.

Hokies Slice Up Orange Zone for 83-73 Win

Hokies Slice Up Orange Zone for 83-73 Win

Story and Photos by Brianna Adams BLACKSBURG, VA. – The Virginia Tech Hokies ended their two-game losing streak and the Syracuse Orange men’s two-game win streak and made it look easy, winning 83-73 on Tuesday night at Casell Coliseum. The Hokies repeatedly got behind the Syracuse zone for dunks, and got enough open looks to […]

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BLACKSBURG, VA. – The Virginia Tech Hokies ended their two-game losing streak and the Syracuse Orange men’s two-game win streak and made it look easy, winning 83-73 on Tuesday night at Casell Coliseum. The Hokies repeatedly got behind the Syracuse zone for dunks, and got enough open looks to hit eight three-point shots in 20 tries, while turning the ball over just six times.

“I thought we were much more connected,” Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said. “Obviously, we executed the scheme of what we wanted to do. That’s why we won.”

Take the Lead and Run

Following two major losses at No. 9 Florida State and NC State, Virginia Tech returned home with one goal in mind: redemption.

The Hokies (13-3, 2-2 ACC) dominated the court from the beginning to end of the ACC matchup. After taking a 6-5 lead on a free throw from Chris Clarke, they  ran with it to the finish line. While Syracuse (10-7, 2-2) tied the game more than once it never managed to get ahead.

In the second half, the gap got wider as Syracuse struggled to score. Virginia Tech took a 15-point lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Syracuse pressed and cut the lead to 74-68 with 1:33 left but could get no closer and Virginia Tech finished with the ten-point margin.

“Our interior defense was not good in either half and I thought that was a big key,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Offensively we didn’t really get anything accomplished that we wanted to and part of that was their defense was very good.”

 

Hokies’ Offensive Powerhouses

Virginia Tech showed strength early on, especially in starters Justin Bibbs and Zach LeDay. Redshirt senior forward LeDay was crucial in giving the Hokies that early lead. Five minutes into the game, LeDay put up back-to-back dunks to boost the Hokies lead to three.

LeDay led all scorers with 22 points. Junior guard Bibbs gave the Hokies a strong finish, scoring 11 points in the last seven minutes of the game. Five Virginia Tech players finished in double figures including redshirt senior guard Seth Allen who returned after missing two games due to a head injury against NC State.

 

Defensive Struggles for Syracuse

Syracuse had come off of two great defensive showings in Miami and Pitt, holding Miami to 55 points and Pitt to 66.Yet the Hokies sliced through Syracuse’s zone to outscore the Orange easily.

LeDay hit 18 of his points from the field and Clarke was 5-for-6 in the paint.

6’10” freshman Taurean Thompson lead all Syracuse scorers with 18, Andrew White III had 15, Tyler Roberson 14 and freshman Tyus Battle 13.

But while Thompson put up the points, had eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Boeheim said he remains a liability on defense.

“He’s just not good on the defensive end of the zone; that’s why he didn’t play the last two games,” Boeheim said.

 

Syracuse Starting Lineup

Syracuse has struggled with its lineup this season. Last season, the same lineup was used in 30+ games. For the past three games though, Boeheim has kept the starters the same showing success against Miami and Pitt.

The starters, Tyler Lydon, White III, Thompson, John Gillon and Battle have proved to act more connected than earlier lineups. Yet individually in this game, they struggled.

Gillon had nine points on 2-9 shooting and just three assists to go with two turnovers. Frank Howard, who got 13 minutes at guard had a single basket and four assists.

“Our point guard play has been really good and it was as bad as it’s ever been tonight,” Boeheim said.

“[Virginia Tech] made good adjustments for the second half,” graduate guard White said. “[It] kind of discouraged our movement from side to side, the ball stuck a little bit and you know we all took some bad shots at times.

 

Lydon limps

Lydon had had eight straight games in double digits but only scored a basket in the loss. Near the end of the first half, Lydon missed a three and fell on the way down limping off the court. Despite claiming he was fine to Boeheim, the struggle was there as the forward finished 1-for-5 from the field and 0-for-2 in threes-point attempts.

“I probably should have just not played him,” Boeheim said. “He said he was fine but players are going to say that.”

What’s Next

Virginia Tech will next host ACC foe No. 20 Notre Dame on Jan. 14 in search of its fourteenth win and eighth straight home victory.

Syracuse looks for redemption against Boston College at the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., following the blowout by the Eagles at Conte Forum on New Year’s Day.

Energized Orange Whips Pitt for Second ACC Win

Energized Orange Whips Pitt for Second ACC Win

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Jon Cerio SYRACUSE, N.Y. — After securing its first conference win of the season Wednesday night against Miami, the Syracuse Orange continued its winning ways on Saturday afternoon against Pittsburgh, defeating the Panthers, 77-66, in front of 20,034 fans at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse used solid-shooting and high-energy defense to […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Jon Cerio

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — After securing its first conference win of the season Wednesday night against Miami, the Syracuse Orange continued its winning ways on Saturday afternoon against Pittsburgh, defeating the Panthers, 77-66, in front of 20,034 fans at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse used solid-shooting and high-energy defense to roar out to a 36-8 lead, then fended off the Panthers’ comeback efforts in the second half for the double- digit win that was not as close as the final score indicates.

“The difference in the game was our defense,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “The first half was probably some of the best defense we’ve played since I can’t even remember when.”


All about the Defense

Coming off of an impressive overtime win at home against 11th ranked Virginia on Wednesday night, the Panthers came into the Carrier Dome on Saturday looking to beat the Orange for the sixth straight time. Syracuse matched and perhaps even increased its intensity from Wednesday’s performance against Miami on the defensive end, holding the Panthers to 21 points in the first half, on just 21-percent shooting from the field.

After a disappointing start to the season, Tyler Roberson is starting to find his groove, and has seen his minutes increase. The senior finished with a career-high six blocks against the Panthers – a couple of them generating standing ovations from the Orange faithful in attendance.

“Even when I wasn’t playing I tried to watch the game, see what’s going on and come to practice and play hard,” Roberson said.

Roberson finished with a team-high ten rebounds, to go along with four points.

The Orange also contained the ACC’s top two scorers – Jamel Artis and Michael Young – to six points in the first half, on just 2-of-13 shooting.

“They were active,” Pittsburgh Head Coach Kevin Stallings said of Syracuse’s defense. “We got shots blocked, even when we got the ball where we needed it, they were able to recover and make deflections and blocks.”

The Orange held Pittsburgh to just 35 percent shooting (20-57 FG), and only 6-for-19 from behind the arc.

Early Run

After an early 8-0 run by the Orange, Panthers’ guard Chris Jones hit a layup to cut Syracuse’s lead to 6. That was Pittsburgh’s last basket for more than an eight-minute stretch.

The Orange pounced on the Panthers, going on a 22-0 run, beginning with back-to-back three-pointers by Andrew White III. Tyus Battle then drilled two 3s of his own, ballooning the Orange’s lead to 28-8 with 9:24 left in the first half.

Consecutive three-pointers from Tyler Lydon and John Gillon put the Orange up by 26, before Battle finished the run with a layup, giving Syracuse that 36-8 lead with 5:27 to go in the half.

Earning His Spot

For the second straight game, Gillon delivered in his starting role at tyhe point for the Orange. The graduate transfer from Colorado State finished with 20 points, going 6-for-12 from behind the arc, and leading the team with 11 assists. Gillon played all 40 minutes for the Orange.

“It gives you a certain confidence that coach has trust in you,” Gillon said. “You just go out and play hard because you don’t want to let him down.”

“Being familiar with the system, and knowing he’s going to be in there, his confidence level is up,” Boeheim said.

Keeping the Lead from Deep

With his team down by 21, Pitt’s leading scorer Jamel Artis tried to get the Panthers back in the game. After a dismal first half (1-6 FG), the senior nailed back-to-back three-pointers, cutting the deficit to 15. Artis finished with a game-high 23 points.

However, the Orange answered right back.

Gillon drilled a three, followed by White connecting from deep, and the Orange’s lead was back up to 21 with 16:26 left in the game. Syracuse finished shooting 28-for-54 from the field, with half of its field goals coming from behind the arc.

The Panthers again tried to claw back, as they went on an 8-0 run, capped off by a pair of free throws from Michael Young, cutting Syracuse’s lead to 14 with 2:53 to go. Young finished with 17 points for Pittsburgh. However, it was too little, too late for the Panthers.

Gillon’s eleventh assist resulted in a Tyler Lydon slam, putting the Orange up 16 with 1:36 left, and sealing the deal for Syracuse.

“It was a really great effort,” Boeheim said. “Pittsburgh is a tremendous offensive team. I think one of the best offensive teams in the country. We’ve got a long ways to go. A lot of work to do. We have to get a lot better. I think, somehow we’ve got to get Taurean [Thompson] playing better on the defensive end. We have to get Frank [Howard] back involved. Fortunately there’s a lot of tough games in this league that you can get a chance to win if you play well. And if we play well, we’ll have a chance.”

Looking Ahead

The Orange’s next test will come Tuesday night, as Syracuse (10-6, 2-1 ACC) heads to Blacksburg, Virginia, looking for its third-straight conference win, taking on the 21st ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (12-3, 1-2). Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Hokies got hammered by Florida State (15-1, 3-0) in Tallahassee Saturday afternoon, 93-78.

Orange Men Down Miami for First ACC Win

Orange Men Down Miami for First ACC Win

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Robert Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Boston College may have awoken a sleeping giant.  After an embarrassing loss to the Eagles on New Year’s Day, the Syracuse Orange men had more energy on Wednesday night on both sides of the ball, as they put away Miami, 70-55 in the ACC […]

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Photos by Robert Schiff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Boston College may have awoken a sleeping giant.  After an embarrassing loss to the Eagles on New Year’s Day, the Syracuse Orange men had more energy on Wednesday night on both sides of the ball, as they put away Miami, 70-55 in the ACC home opener at the Carrier Dome.

The Orange’s 56 percent shooting in its ACC home opener helped outlast the Hurricanes’ eleven three-point baskets.  Andrew White III and Tyler Lydon led the way for the Orange with 22 and 20 points, respectively.

“We kept looking to shoot it,” head coach coach Jim Boeheim said.  “Tyler  made a couple of plays inside.  Offensively, we were just a little more aware of what we were trying to do.”

Hot From the Start

It didn’t take long for the Orange offense to start rolling.  After winning the tip, Andrew White hit a jumper for the first basket of the game in just 13 seconds.  Tyus Battle made it 4-0 Syracuse with a jumper of his own on the next possession.

“I thought they were very, very sharp, right from the opening tip,” Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said.  “The first few shots that they hit were exactly the kind of shots we did not want them even shooting – just a pass directly to a shooter.”

 

Two Can Play That Game

Miami answered with a 10-2 run, consisting of two three-pointers and two dunks, the kind of shots Syracuse didn’t want its opponent shooting,  It was 10-6 Canes after 3:21 of play.

SU center Taurean Thompson got into foul trouble early on, picking up his second personal with 15:40 left in the first half and wasn’t much of a factor in the contest.

A Lydon slam and a Roberson layup tied the game up at 12-12 with 14:08 remaining until halftime.  The Canes weren’t giving up the lead easily, however.

 

Eye of the Hurricane

In what’s been a recurring theme for Syracuse this season, an opposing player got hot from downtown.  Miami’s Dejan Visiljevic knocked down a three to give the Canes the edge.  He ended up 6-12 from beyond the arc for 18 points.

Over the course of the next seven minutes, both teams traded makes from deep.  Bruce Brown and Visiljevic connected for the Canes, while John Gillon, Lydon and White each hit one for the Orange.

At one point, back-to-back threes from Lydon and White got the crowd on its feet.  Visiljevic quieted them down however with a three.  Syracuse led 25-24 with 6:03 to go in the first half.

 

Getting to the Point

From there, the Orange went on a 7-0 run.  Gillon got it started with a layup, followed by an assist to White.  Gillon and Lydon added three free throws as well during the run.  Syracuse was up 32-24 with 1:32 remaining until halftime.  The Orange went into the locker room still up eight, 34-26.

“I think everybody just had energy,” Andrew White said.  “I know our guards and myself watched some extra tape with Coach G-Mac (Gerry McNamara) and that helped us a little bit more because we were locked in better to personnel, so I know I will ask him for that again.”

Gillon at the point started for Syracuse and didn’t look back.  He was 3-7 from the field and scored eight points, but also added eleven assists and two steals in 39 minutes of action.  Frank Howard ended the night with one minute on the scorecard.

“We just played to get the win,” Tyus Battle said.  “We didn’t worry about our individual stats or anything like that. We flew around on defense, closed on shooters and crashed the boards.”

 

Second Strong Start

The two Tylers got things going for SU in the second half, first with a Lydon slam, and then a Roberson layup, pushing the lead to 38-28.

 

Batten Down the Hatches

Kamari Murphy, Vasiljevic, and Brown led the Hurricanes back from the deficit, with a combination of dunks, threes and inside looks.  Miami went on a 14-5 run to cut the Orange lead to 43-42, with 13:03 to play.

Though the Canes pushed back hard, that was the closest they got for the remainder of the contest.  Syracuse responded with a 9-0 run of its own, including back-to-back threes from White to pump up the crowd.  The lead was back to ten at 52-42.

“Our defense was better tonight,” Boeheim said.  “We gave up some open threes, but we did a better job.”

‘Lydon’ it Up

Vasiljevic and Dewan Huell tried to answer back, but Lydon took the game over for Syracuse.  He scored nine-straight Orange points over the next 2:52, including a Dome-rocking trey and slam on back-to-back drives.  SU was up 61-47 with 7:10 remaining.

“We come to practice every day to work and try to get better,” Lydon said.  “With that being said, I think we were able to accomplish that and it showed today. We just have to keep working hard and move forward.”

 

Something to Cheer About

With students still away on break, the crowd, announced at 17,393,  was as energetic as it’s been all this season.  There were several instances when the fans got up and cheered their team loudly.  It wasn’t only when the Orange players scored, but when they made hustle plays and key stops as well.

“The crowd was great,” Boeheim added.  “The crowd has been good all year, but I thought they were really good tonight.”

Miami only scored eight more points the rest of the way, with six coming from Ja’Quan Newton.  Syracuse’s 7-0 run from the 4:40 mark put the game away, giving it a 68-51 lead after a Gillon jumper with 2:01 to play.

 

New Year’s Resolution

After many were assuming the worst for Syracuse after losing to Boston College on New Year’s Day, it got a much needed win against a tough opponent.

“Teams have a certain edge when they’re trying to fight back from a loss, and especially, I think, on the road and the way they lost with Boston College making 16 three’s,” Larranaga said.  “I think it made the zone a little bit more active and we didn’t respond very well.”

“We’ve got a long way to go and we have a lot of work to do,” Boeheim said.  “This was a very good first step, but it was just one step.”

 

Pitt Stop

Syracuse moves to 9-6 on the year, and 1-1 in ACC play.  Miami falls to 11-3, and 1-1 in the conference.  The Hurricanes have a full week to prepare for Notre Dame (13-2, 2-0) at home next Thursday. The No. 23 Irish knocked off No. 9 Louisville on Wednesday night.

Syracuse now looks to build upon Wednesday night’s win with another home game against a tough Pittsburgh squad on Saturday at noon. The Panthers (12-3, 1-1 ACC) took down No. 11 Virginia 88-76 in overtime at Pitt Wednesday night.

BC Eagles Wallop Syracuse Men in ACC Opener

BC Eagles Wallop Syracuse Men in ACC Opener

Story and Photo by Jacqueline Mundry CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — Boston College snapped its 19-game conference losing streak with a blowout win against Syracuse to start off 2017. In the first conference game of the season, Boston College (8-6, 1-0 ACC) defeated the Orange men 96-81 Sunday afternoon at Silvio O. Conte Forum. The Eagles […]

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Story and Photo by Jacqueline Mundry

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — Boston College snapped its 19-game conference losing streak with a blowout win against Syracuse to start off 2017. In the first conference game of the season, Boston College (8-6, 1-0 ACC) defeated the Orange men 96-81 Sunday afternoon at Silvio O. Conte Forum.

The Eagles shot 57.1 percent from the field and a stunning 61.5 percent from three-point range, making 16 of 26 attempts.

‘The quarterback’

Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian praised his freshman guard Ky Bowman who recorded 30 points and nine assists on the afternoon. Sunday was Bowman’s second game this season that he scored 30 points or more. Christian said the former University of North Carolina football commit, is becoming the go-to guy for BC basketball.

“He’s obviously played unbelievably well in the last four, five games, but that’s the way he practiced.” Christian. “He just wasn’t performing in the game the way we knew he could and we had a conversation where I had to say ‘hey listen, you’re the guy. You’re my guy. Like the NFL where they say ‘you’re the quarterback.’”

Christian said that conversation was before BC defeated Auburn on Dec. 12 and since then, Bowman has scored in double digits every game.

Bowman said he felt the leadership that comes with the quarterback title during that game.

“I felt like it was easy for me to adjust but during the Auburn game I felt like I really like, was able to like, keep the team together as far as leadership and bringing everyone together as one,” he said.

Bowman shot 11-17 field goals and went 7-8 from behind the arc against Syracuse.

Jerome Robinson added 22 points for the Eagles. A.J. Turner had 16 and Nik Popovic eleven.

 

Defensive struggles

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was plainly disappointed with his team’s performance in the ACC opener, especially on defense.

“We missed a few easy shots early that would have helped us but our defense is just not good right now,” he said.

The Orange switched to man-to-man defense in the second half “out of desperation,” Boeheim said.

Although Syracuse only hit 38 percent of its field goals and 30 percent from behind the arc, Boeheim hammered home how important defense is.

“If you give guys open shots in college basketball they’re gonna make them,” he said.  “Against anyone who can shoot at all, our defense has been non-existent.”

Sunday’s loss to the Eagles was the highest score Syracuse has allowed so far this season, even worse than the 93 points in the loss to St. John’s at the Carrier Dome.

Boeheim also said problems on defense will be hard to correct at this point in the season, but the Orange will continue to focus on it in practice.

 

Eagles keep the handle

Christian said  a huge part of the Eagles game plan was to try not to let Syracuse create turnovers.

“Thirteen turnovers was huge for us because they lead the league in steals. They average ten steals a game so not allowing them to get live ball turnovers that they can convert was a major, major part of the game plan.” he said.

 

Orange Offense

Andrew White III led Syracuse in scoring with 22 and two of his teammates had double-doubles in the losing effort.

.Tyler Roberson put up eleven points and ten rebounds and Tyler Lydon had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Taurean Thompson chipped in 14 points.

“I don’t think we’re where we want to be as far as defense and we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Roberson said.

 

Up next

The ACC season is just getting started for these teams. Boston College will travel to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Syracuse will head home to host Miami on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in hopes of getting its first ACC win of the season.

Boeheim on Win over Cornell – “Tonight Was a Baby, Baby Step”

Boeheim on Win over Cornell – “Tonight Was a Baby, Baby Step”

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Jon Cerio SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After suffering its worst home loss in the history to St. John’s last Wednesday, Syracuse bounced back in its final non-conference game of the season and defeated the Cornell Big Red, 80-56, in front of an announced 20,557 fans at the Carrier Dome on […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After suffering its worst home loss in the history to St. John’s last Wednesday, Syracuse bounced back in its final non-conference game of the season and defeated the Cornell Big Red, 80-56, in front of an announced 20,557 fans at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.

“We have a lot of work to do,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Tonight was a baby, baby step and it doesn’t really mean much, but we have to get ready and we’ve got some time.”

 

Slow Start

Early on, the Orange hardly looked like a team angered by a 33-point loss. After a missed layup by Tyus Battle, Cornell sophomore guard Matt Morgan drilled a three, giving the Big Red an early 8-2 lead with just over two and a half minutes gone by. Morgan connected on his second three of the game with 12:34 to go, breaking a 12-12 tie.

Morgan had ten points for the Big Red.

 

Turning Point

A Morgan layup with just under five minutes remaining in the first half cut Syracuse’s lead to 25-20. A sense of angst hung over the Carrier Dome, as the Orange continued to let Cornell keep the game close. This all changed on one possession.

With Syracuse up five, Tyler Lydon drove down the lane, and missed a runner, but Tyler Roberson followed the miss with a thunderous slam, sending the Orange fans to their feet. The slam not only reinvigorated the crowd, but it gave life to Roberson’s teammates as well.

Andrew White hit a layup on the Orange’s next possession, and Battle’s basket with 2:24 to go in the half capped off an 8-0 run by Syracuse, extending its lead to 13. Lydon hit his third three of the half with just over a minute to go, and Roberson jammed another one home, sending the Orange to the locker room with a 17 point lead at halftime.

 

Cuse Control

With just over a minute gone by in the second half, Cornell sophomore guard Troy Whiteside nailed a three, cutting Syracuse’s lead to 14. That’s the closest the Big Red got. Whiteside was high scorer for The Big Red with 13.

Four straight points from Taurean Thompson, followed by two free throws from Andrew White gave the Orange a 20 point cushion with just under four minutes elapsed in the second half. Lydon drained his fourth straight three of the night with 14:15 remaining, making it 57-36, in favor of the Orange. The sophomore led the Orange with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Battle Back

In just his fourth start of the season, freshman Tyus Battle looked like he was right where he belonged. Battle’s back-to-back threes gave the Orange a 27 point lead with 12:21 to go. The New Jersey native finished with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting, going 4-for-7 from behind the arc.

 

Big Night for the Big Man

Thompson continued his impressive freshman campaign with another solid offensive performance for the Orange. After only attempting six shots against St. John’s, the 6′ 10″ Thompson had his way against Cornell’s defense. Thompson finished with 18 points on 9-for-15 shooting in just 22 minutes. His final jumper of the night came with 6:44 left in the game, extending Syracuse’s lead to 30, its largest of the game.

“He is a very, very good offensive player,” Boeheim said. He is our best low-post player and it’s not even close.”

“That loss to St. Johns awakened the fire we had,” Thompson said. “That first practice back from break was intense and we are stepping it up and picking each other up.”

 

Not So Fast

The Orange did what it was supposed to do on Tuesday. However, the Orange took a while to get going against The Big Red. Despite the 24 point win, Syracuse only shot 37 percent from the field in the second half, and allowed Cornell to shoot 50 percent in that time frame. But, the Orange took advantage of second chance opportunities, turning 12 offensive rebounds into 18 points. Syracuse also scored 16 fast break points, while shutting out the Big Red.

 

Looking Ahead

“I just coach them. That’s for you guys (the media), all that stuff,” Boeheim said, when asked what he did to motivate the team. “We go to practice. We go to practice every day. If we win 20 in a row, we go to practice the next day. If we lose 20 in a row, we go to practice the next day. That’s it. All the other stuff is nonsense. We don’t win any games talking to people. We win games by playing better. We’re not better. We have to get better.”

Syracuse has four days to prepare for its first conference game of the season. The Orange (8-5) will head to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to take on the Boston College Eagles (7-6) this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. eastern.

As for Cornell, the Big Red returned home to Ithaca to prepare for its next game against the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Red Storm Blows into Dome, Blows Out Orange

Red Storm Blows into Dome, Blows Out Orange

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Robert Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  In front of 18,363 fans, the Syracuse Orange men put on one of their worst performances in years on their home court, falling to St. John’s, 93-60, Wednesday night. It was the second year in a row that a St. John’s team expected to […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Robert Schiff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  In front of 18,363 fans, the Syracuse Orange men put on one of their worst performances in years on their home court, falling to St. John’s, 93-60, Wednesday night. It was the second year in a row that a St. John’s team expected to be easy pickings for Syracuse made the upset look easy.

“This game is all on me,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “I didn’t get them ready to do what we needed to do.”

What the Orange needed to do and did not is defend the perimeter.  The Red Storm hit twelve three-pointers against the Syracuse zone. This, after losing to Penn State 92-76 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“I can’t really explain it, especially the game we are coming off,” St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin said. “It has been up and down. One thing with our team and sometimes people do not want to hear it… we are young. This is a good experience. It feels better.”

Eye of the Storm

Malik Ellison hit three triples among his 16 points, and teammate Shamorie Ponds added four more threes on his way to 19 points on the night.  It was a third St. John’s player, Bashir Ahmed, who led the team with 20 points, six of which came from downtown.

“Bashir [Ahmed] had a great game and everyone else played very well,” Ellison said. “The way we shared the ball, we had 27 assists, that’s just a fun way of playing.”

“Everything is on us,” SU sophomore forward Tyler Lydon said.  “He [Boeheim] told us exactly what was going to be happening and we just weren’t able to execute.”

 

Achilles Healed

Lydon led the offense for the Orange with 16 points, back from a strained Achilles he suffered on Monday night against Eastern Michigan.  He played 38 minutes, more than anyone else for SU.  Taurean Thompson and Dajuan Coleman each chipped in 10 points for Syracuse.

 

The Good

The game was competitive in the first half.  SU opened on a 7-2 run on a Frank Howard lay-in, a Lydon three and a Thompson dunk.

St. John’s answered with an 8-2 run after that, taking a 10-9 lead on back-to-back threes from Ellison.

SU fought back with a Tyus Battle three and a Taurean Thompson jumper.  Syracuse led 14-12 with 12:39 remaining in the half.  That was the last time the Orange led in the contest.

 

‘Red’dy or Not

The Red Storm went on a 14-0 run, including four three-pointers from Ponds and Richard Freudenberg.  Syracuse fans were stunned by the Johnnies’ barrage from downtown.  It was 26-14 Red Storm with 9:25 left before the half.

For the remainder of the half, Syracuse and St. John’s battled like the old Big East foes that they are.  Any time the Orange gained some momentum, the Johnnies would answer with another three-pointer, sucking the life out of the Carrier Dome.

 

Dropping the Ball

St. John’s led by ten at the half, 39-29.  The Red Storm connected on seven threes in the first 20 minutes of play.  Syracuse committed ten turnovers in the first half, leading to 18 points for St. John’s.

 

Paint by Numbers

To start the second half, Syracuse took it inside.  The Orange found center Dajuan Coleman for its first six points of the half, cutting the lead to 41-35.  The six-point margin was the closest the Orange got the rest of the way.

 

The Bad

Ahmed found some easy looks inside, including a dunk with 17:16 remaining to put the Red Storm up by twelve.  When Orange guard Andrew White tried answering back with a layup, Ponds hit another dagger from downtown, and the ripple effect could be felt throughout the Dome.

“The only thing that makes us dispirited is the scoreboard, and that is just something we have to correct with our play,” White said.

 

Seeing Red

The Johnnies had an answer at every turn and Syracuse could not solve the quandary that was the perimeter.  The Red Storm hit twelve from beyond the arc in the game.

“I had a good feeling we were going to win,” Ponds said. “I give credit to Syracuse and that zone. They are a great program. We found holes and took advantage.”

When Ahmed slammed it home for St. John’s at the 10:34 mark, it was the beginning of the end for the Orange.  The Red Storm unleashed a merciless arsenal of dunks and treys on Syracuse, going on a 15-0 run that really stunned the fans in attendance.  Some started to hit the exits around the 8:00 mark, and with St. John’s up 74-48.

 

The Ugly

Lydon and Tyus Battle scored a quick four points to break up another 13-0 run for the Red Storm.  Back-to-back Tariq Owens slams, one of which was an insulting alley-oop, were accompanied by a chorus of boos from the crowd.

An uncommon site occurred with 4:49 left on the clock.  Syracuse fans were leaving the Carrier Dome in a mass exodus, with their team losing.  The score was 85-54, after Ahmed sank a triple for St. John’s.

“From what I’ve seen, based on the start of the season, how we’ve played, it’s totally expected,” Boeheim said.  “If we don’t change and play better defense, get better movement, get better guard play, it’s going to continue. This won’t change.”

 

Category Five

At the 1:30 mark, Syracuse had something to cheer about as five of their walk-ons came into the game.  Ky Feldman obliged the crowd with a corner three.

In the end, the Red Storm rained down on the Orange a tempest of epic proportions, winning by an unheard of margin of 33 points for a Syracuse home game.  SU had 19 turnovers, leading to 32 points for St. John’s.  Syracuse has lost all three games to former Big East rivals this year (Connecticut and Georgetown).

“Up is the only way we can go from now,” sophomore guard Frank Howard said.  “I don’t think you get any worse than this.”

 

More Red ahead

Syracuse (7-5) takes on the Cornell Big Red after the holiday weekend on the Dec 27. The Red Storm (6-7) is off until it opens Big East play at home in Queens against Butler on Dec. 29.

Orange Men Pound Eastern Michigan; Lydon Hurt

Orange Men Pound Eastern Michigan; Lydon Hurt

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After another loss against its former Big East rival Georgetown over the weekend, the Syracuse Orange men bounced back Monday night against Eastern Michigan. For the first time ever, eight players scored in double figures for the Orange, as Syracuse soared past the Eagles, 105-57, in front of 16,778 fans at the Carrier […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After another loss against its former Big East rival Georgetown over the weekend, the Syracuse Orange men bounced back Monday night against Eastern Michigan.

For the first time ever, eight players scored in double figures for the Orange, as Syracuse soared past the Eagles, 105-57, in front of 16,778 fans at the Carrier Dome.


Quick Start

After back-to-back threes from Andrew White and Tyler Lydon,  Frank Howard jammed the ball home, sending the Orange faithful to their feet early, as Syracuse jumped out to a 10-2 lead with less than four minutes gone by. Howard finished with his third double-double of the season, as the sophomore guard dished out eleven assists, to go long with his ten points.

Immediate Impact

After a poor performance against the Hoyas on Saturday afternoon, Taurean Thompson immediately made his presence felt against Eastern Michigan. The freshman hit a layup ten seconds after checking in, then drilled a three from the baseline, extending his team’s lead to 13. Thompson then found Howard for three, and the Orange jumped out to a 22-6 lead with 11:26 to go in the first half. Thompson finished with eleven points, and a career-high five assists.

“He can shoot, and he’s a good passer,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He has good hands, and he’s a really good offensive player.”

“There wasn’t a lot of pressure,” Thompson said. “They weren’t aggressive with their zone, so it was really easy, actually.”

Sharing The Wealth

It was a bounce back game for most of the Orange men, including John Gillon. After a dreadful game against Georgetown, in which the Orange only mustered 10 assists, Gillon almost matched that total against the Eagles, finishing with nine (season high), to go along with his 14 points. The Orange finished with a season-high 34 assists, on 37 field goals, shooting a solid 59 percent.

DaJuan Coleman’s dunk at the end of the first half gave the Orange a 28-point lead.

Lydon Hurt

After a season-high 29 points on 12-13 shooting against the Hoyas on Saturday, Tyler Lydon started in similar fashion against the Eagles. The sophomore scored 12 points in just 16 minutes, before coming down awkwardly on his right foot with 4:19 left in the first half.

Lydon limped back to the locker room, where he was diagnosed with a right achilles strain. He watched the second half from the bench.

Asked about Lydon’s status after the game, Boeheim answered tersely. “I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Second half – no let up.

Syracuse continued to pour it on the Eagles, as back-to-back threes from  White and Gillon put the Orange up 58-24, with less than a minute gone by in the second half. An 18-7 run by Syracuse saw its lead balloon to 39 with 14 minutes to go. Back-to-back threes from Andrew White put the Orange up by 42 at the 12 minute mark, and it was smooth sailing for Syracuse the rest of the way.

“Once they got up, we weren’t scoring and we began to lose a little bit of confidence,” Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy said. “Anytime you play that effectively and that efficient offensively, you put yourself in position to win.”

Way to Battle

After missing a week of practice going into the Georgetown game with an injured foot, Tyus Battle didn’t look like it bothered him at all. The freshman finished with 18 points on 5-9 shooting in 23 minutes.

Capitalizing on Mistakes

On Saturday, Syracuse couldn’t capitalize on Georgetown’s turnovers. Despite 19 turnovers by the Hoyas, the Orange only turned them into 13 points. Against an inferior opponent on Monday night, Syracuse made sure not to let that happen again, scoring 26 points off the Eagles’ 20 turnovers.

Pump the Brakes

In what has been an underwhelming season so far for the Orange, Syracuse did what it needed to do on Monday night, but it wasn’t a flawless performance. The Orange matched its season high with 17 turnovers, but the Eagles only converted that into ten points. Syracuse did however hold the Eagles to 35 percent shooting (23-66), and just 5-26 from behind the arc.

“I thought our defense was better, and I thought, in the second half, our rebounding was better, but we have a lot of work to do,” Boeheim said.

Looking Ahead

Syracuse (7-4) will be back in action on Wednesday night to take on another former Big East rival, as St John’s (5-7) comes to the Carrier Dome. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Eastern Michigan (6-5) will head home to take on Marygrove College on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Hoyas Drop Orange to Mar Pearl Day at the Dome

Hoyas Drop Orange to Mar Pearl Day at the Dome

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Robert Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Georgetown came into the Carrier Dome to play spoiler on Pearl Washington Day, defeating the Orange 78-71 on Saturday afternoon.  Tyler Lydon’s 12-13 shooting and 29 points couldn’t make up for costly errors down the stretch before a crowd of 25,131. “If Tyler Lydon […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Georgetown came into the Carrier Dome to play spoiler on Pearl Washington Day, defeating the Orange 78-71 on Saturday afternoon.  Tyler Lydon’s 12-13 shooting and 29 points couldn’t make up for costly errors down the stretch before a crowd of 25,131.

“If Tyler Lydon doesn’t have an unbelievable game we lose by 15, that’s about what it probably should have been,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.

Pryor and Peak

Things started pretty well for the Orange.   Andrew White hit the first basket of the game from downtown.  After an Akoy Agau jumper and a Jagan Mosley layup for the Hoyas, Syracuse rattled off an 8-0 run, including baskets from White, Lydon and Taurean Thompson.

In what would become a recurring theme, Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak responded to the Orange run with free throws and a three-pointer.  It was an 11-9 Syracuse lead with 13:55 remaining in the first half.

The next 6:12 was a back-and-forth affair, reminiscent of the Orange-Hoyas rivalry of old.  The Orange started 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.  Threes from John Gillon and Lydon were matched by jumpers from Peak and Marcus Derrickson.

 

Free throws make a difference

The Hoyas also connected on four free throws during that stretch.  Known for their prowess from the line, Georgetown did not disappoint, hitting 22-25 for the game.  Syracuse had just as many attempts, but only connected on 14, hurting the Orange down the stretch.

“We made our foul shots, which was key,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said.  “It wasn’t as pretty as we wanted it to be, but guys made enough plays.”

 

Boards

The Hoyas also won the rebounding battle 41-30, with most of the disparity occurring in the second half.  Some of that could have been due in part to Paschal Chukwu’s absence from the Orange lineup.

He’d been averaging just over four rebounds a game but had emergency retina surgery Saturday morning, and will be out of an Orange uniform for the foreseeable future.

“He’s out for a long time,” said Boeheim said.  “I don’t want to say exactly, but it’s definitely a long time.”

 

Even at the Half

With 7:00 remaining in the half, the Hoyas went on an 8-0 run of their own, on the backs of Peak, Pryor and Jonathan Mulmore.  John Gillon broke the stretch with a three-point basket with 4:57 remaining in the half, tying the game at 25-25.

For the remainder of the half, Lydon and Taurean Thompson traded scores with Peak and Pryor.  A Peak basket at the buzzer tied things up going into the half, 33-33.  Georgetown had ten turnovers at the break to Syracuse’s seven.

 

Honoring “Pearl”

At halftime, there was a ceremony to honor the late great Pearl Washington on the court, which included Washington’s family members, and SU Athletics Director John Wildhack unveiling the number 31, painted on display at center court.

 

Second Half to Hoyas

To start the second half, Peak got things going for the Hoyas with the jumper, and some Akoy Agau free throws put Georgetown up by four.  Lydon and Dajuan Coleman answered back with back-to-back baskets to get fans on their feet.

Over the next 5:12, the Hoyas and Orange traded baskets from multiple players.

After Georgetown center Bradley Hayes connected on his second-straight basket with 13:12 remaining, the Hoyas had built their first two-possession lead at 46-42.

Syracuse never recaptured the lead from that juncture.  The closest the Orange got was within one.  A Frank Howard steal and assist to Gillon with 8:37 remaining in the game made it 53-52.  The Dome was rocking, but not for long, as Jessie Govan answered right back with a layup.

Lydon Strong but Hoyas Hold On

Seemingly every time Syracuse scored, the Hoyas had an answer.  The Orange again cut it to a one-point lead with a Lydon jumper at 55-54.  He had Syracuse’s next eight points, including a dunk and a three-pointer.  Of his 12-13 shooting performance, he was also 3-3 from deep. But he was just two of five on free throws.

“Everything he did was great,” Boeheim said.  “He played great basketball today. But one guy can’t do it. We’re not getting play out of enough guys.”

Despite Lydon’s efforts, Syracuse did not string together more than three points at a time from that stretch until 1:07 was left in the game.  Those baskets came from none other than Lydon himself, first with the slam, and then the lay-in.  It was 69-66 Georgetown, and the crowd was pumped.

However, a Gillon turnover and an Andrew White foul put Rodney Pryor back at the line with 38 seconds remaining.  He connected on the pair, and finished with 20 points, second only to teammate L.J. Peak with 23 points.

The ‘Hack-a-Hoya’ strategy didn’t work out for the Orange, as Georgetown made 9 of it’s 10 free throws in the last 38 seconds of the game.

The Hoyas went on to win, 78-71, to improve to 7-4 on the season.  The loss for the Orange drops the team to 6-4 on the year.  Syracuse looks to bounce back against Eastern Michigan inside the Carrier Dome on Monday night.

 

Guard problems

On a day honoring one of the all-time great guards to ever wear an Orange uniform, the guard play for Syracuse was questionable at best.  Frank Howard totaled four points and committed six turnovers.  John Gillon managed 13 points, but only had two assists in 37 minutes of play and repeatedly failed to finish on drives to the basket..

“We’re just not playing well at the guard spot I don’t think at all, “ Boeheim said.  “We’re not getting the ball in the basket from the guard spot; haven’t in any of the four losses.  We’re just not doing enough things right to win the game right now.”