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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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.”

Scenes from the Fall: Cortaca Jug Game

Scenes from the Fall: Cortaca Jug Game

Cortland, N.Y — SUNY Cortland defeated Ithaca college 28-16 on Saturday, Nov. 12 to win the Cortaca Jug against Ithaca College for the seventh straight year. Here’s a look at the action by Dontae Harris, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Cortland before joining our graduate class in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with Sports Communications […]

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Cortland, N.Y — SUNY Cortland defeated Ithaca college 28-16 on Saturday, Nov. 12 to win the Cortaca Jug against Ithaca College for the seventh straight year.

Here’s a look at the action by Dontae Harris, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Cortland before joining our graduate class in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with Sports Communications Emphasis.

Orange Women Crush Purple Eagles Early

Orange Women Crush Purple Eagles Early

Story by Jake Lapin Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse women’s hoops extended its winning streak to four games as the Orange defeated Niagara in wire-to-wire fashion 109-60 Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. “We wanted to get up and down the court, play fast and try to get into our pressure, and […]

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Photos by Jacqueline Mundry


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse women’s hoops extended its winning streak to four games as the Orange defeated Niagara in wire-to-wire fashion 109-60 Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

“We wanted to get up and down the court, play fast and try to get into our pressure, and our players did a good job of that,” Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said.

The victory over the Purple Eagles was the last non-conference game for Syracuse at the Dome, as ACC play begins in a couple of weeks.


Brittney “Westbrook” Sykes


The stat sheet was quite full for Brittney Sykes this afternoon. The redshirt senior finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, just a couple of dimes away from a triple double.

Sykes led Syracuse in all three of those categories, the first time that has been done since 2012.

“I’m just trying to, you know, be Westbrook right now,” Sykes said after the game about Russell Westbrook and his NBA-leading 12 triple-doubles. “Yeah he scores, yeah he rebounds, but he pads every stat and that’s what I want to be for my team. Not necessarily Westbrook himself, but just that one teammate that can do everything for my team.”

“Anytime you get that close to a triple double, you just got to be happy for her,” Hillsman said.

Elmore Shines


Sykes stole the show, but Desiree Elmore had the best game in her young Orange career. The freshman forward tallied a career-high 15 points along with three rebounds in the win.

Perhaps the loudest ovation of the night was an Elmore offensive rebound and put-back, plus the foul, which brought the Syracuse bench to its feet.

“I think I played well,” Elmore said. “This is what coach expects of me.”

“We need her minutes,” Hillsman said on Elmore contributing as conference play awaits. “She can play both the 4 or 5 for us.”

Strong Second Half for Niagara


After a rough go in the early stages of the game, the Purple Eagles found themselves down 43 at halftime.

However, Niagara beat its first half total in the third quarter alone, and three players finished the game in double figures.

“It was tough to see the first half of this game,” Niagara coach Jada Pierce said. ” I do love the fact that my team was confident in the second half. We showed a lot of grit, a lot of heart.”

Tiffany Corselli led the way with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds, including a couple of three-pointers.

Notes

Thanks in part to the full-court press, Syracuse outshot Niagara 80 to 54 for the game. The Purple Eagles coughed the ball up 27 times, which led to ten fast break points. SU also outscored Niagara in second chance points by a 26-11 margin.

SU put this one away early, sparked by a 23-0 run in the first quarter to build the lead to 28-4. The Orange has now won back-to-back-to-back games by at least 30 points.

Looking Ahead


The Orange will head down to Florida for the Florida Sunshine Classic, where it will take on Old Dominion on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Texas A&M on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

ACC play begins Thursday, Dec. 29 when SU travels to Kentucky to face Louisville.

Niagara will be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to face Drexel, who beat Syracuse earlier this seaso

Bench Players Key SU Men’s Win Over Boston U

Bench Players Key SU Men’s Win Over Boston U

Story by Aubrie Tolliver Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Freshman Taurean Thompson and graduate transfer John Gillon both had season-high games coming off the bench, as the Syracuse men’s basketball team cruised to a 99-77 conquest of the Boston University Terriers Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Boston’s 6’5″ guard Cedric Hankerson scored the […]

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Photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Freshman Taurean Thompson and graduate transfer John Gillon both had season-high games coming off the bench, as the Syracuse men’s basketball team cruised to a 99-77 conquest of the Boston University Terriers Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.

Boston’s 6’5″ guard Cedric Hankerson scored the most points in the game with 34, 30 of them coming from three-point range. The junior from Miami shot 50 percent (10-20) from downtown, the highest of his career.

BU led 20-12 just over seven minutes into the game and held Syracuse to a six-point halftime lead at 45-39. But the Orange opened the second half on a 19-5 run and cruised home.

The Orange Bench

Combined, Thompson and Gillon, who were not a part of Syracuse’s starting five, went 17-22 (77.2 percent) from the floor with 45 points and 12 rebounds.

“We want guys being able to come off the bench to score,” Orange head coach Jim Boeheim said in a post-game press conference.  “That’s what we had today.”

In his 28 minutes on the court, Gillon knocked down six of seven three-pointers, while also snatching five off the board. He’s the shortest player amongs the Orange everyday players. One of those rebounds came off the offensive rim surrounded by four Terriers. After the grab, he was fouled trying to take a layup and made both of his free throws. Those were just two of his team-leading 23 points.

“Gillon saved us,” Boeheim said.

The 6′ 10″Thompson, playing in his ninth game for the Orange, recorded a career-high 22 points and first collegiate three-point shot.

“John and I both knew that we had to produce,” he said. “You can’t come off the bench and start going down. You have to bring it up. Raise the energy.”

Andrew White III added 19 points for Syracuse and Tyler Lydon had ten.

 

Hankerson Carries Terriers

On the other end of the court was Hankerson, whose 34 points accounted for more than half of his team’s total.

But, his individual success could not make up for his team’s flaws. Eric Fanning was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 12 points.

As a whole, BU shot just 36 percent (25-69) from the floor, while committing 18 turnovers. The Terriers did out-rebound the Orange, 42-38.

But, they didn’t finish enough possessions with baskets, mostly due to SU’s 13 steals and eight blocks.

 

Thompson’s Big Game

Thompson said he knew when he went on to the court for warm-ups he was going to have a good game.

“I wanted to make an impact,” Thompson said.

After his early career-defining game, Thompson said the first person he would call is his mother. But, he said she might be disappointed in the number of points he scored, afterward calling her his defense and mindset coach.

“She thinks my mindset is all about scoring,” he laughed. “Every time I score she’s like, ‘Now get a rebound. Now get block,’ and I’m like, ‘alright.’”

“Taurean, in practice his getting better every day,” Boeheim said. “He struggles on defense but he’s a very good offensive player.”

 

What’s Next

Boston University falls to 4-6 on the season while Syracuse improves to 6-3.

The Terriers’ next opponent will be the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.

Syracuse will take advantage of a full week of practice during final exam week before facing former Big East rival Georgetown University Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. That will be game two of SU’s  five-game home-stand, the longest of the season.

“I think the five days of practice we will get in this week will help us,” Boeheim said. “We’re trying to fit everyone in together and it takes a long time. I think it’s foolish of me or anyone to think it was going to happen right away and is still a long way away from where we need to be.”

 

Orange Women School Coppin State on School Day at Dome

Orange Women School Coppin State on School Day at Dome

Story by Michelle Fenelon Photos by Ashley Moore SYRACUSE, N.Y. —The 20th-ranked Syracuse women’s basketball team displayed a dominant performance in a 76-30, victory over Coppin State at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. “I’m very happy with our team’s effort, the way we came out” Coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I thought we came out pretty strong. […]

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Story by Michelle Fenelon

Photos by Ashley Moore

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —The 20th-ranked Syracuse women’s basketball team displayed a dominant performance in a 76-30, victory over Coppin State at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.

“I’m very happy with our team’s effort, the way we came out” Coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I thought we came out pretty strong. And that was the most important thing for us is in this game.  I didn’t want to come out and play a flat game and come out and be stagnant.”

Alexis Peterson once again led the offensive attack with a game-high 16 points. Coppin state’s Tiara Goode led the way for the Eagles with 15.

School Day

Syracuse hosted its first School Day and more than 3,000 students from elementary schools in Central New York came to the Dome to cheer on the Orange. 3,932 total people attended the game. the third-largest crowd in the Dome for a women’s game ever.

“It was just really special, you get to see the kids there full of energy and it kind of rubs off on you,” redshirt senior Brittney Sykes said. “You kind of forget that it’s an 11 a.m. game. And just think OK, well, we know we’re going to hear a lot of screaming so let’s give them something to scream about.”

On the Run

The Orange (7-3) opened the game with a 26-0 run, holding Coppin State (0-8) scoreless until Mia Crooms scored the Eagles’ first basket 9:52 minutes in. Syracuse continued its strong play in the second and third quarters, limiting the Eagles to just five points in each.

Coppin State struggled to find the bottom of the net until the fourth quarter. The Eagles put together a 6-0 run at the end against SU subs  and outscored Syracuse 18-15 in the final 10 minutes.

Dominant Defense

The Orange women limited Coppin state to just seven points in the first half. It was the fewest points Syracuse allowed in a half since the team held Delaware State to just three second-half points in 2010.

The Orange scored 30 points off 28 forced turnovers.

3-point shooting

Just days after setting an all-time record for Coppin State, the Eagles once again received a strong shooting performance from Goode. 12 of Goode’s 15 points came from four 3-pointers in the final quarter.

Abby Grant shot 3-for-5 for Syracuse, all of which came from behind the arc. As a team, Syracuse hit eleven 3-pointers, shooting 46.7-percent.

“When you’re expected to shoot a lot you kind have to have a short-term memory loss so I wasn’t really focused on I haven’t hit a shot in however many games,” Grant said. “But my teammates really set me up. They found me, set screens so I owe it all to them.”

Looking Ahead

Coppin State travels to No.14 Miami for a two-day Holiday Tournament on Dec. 19th in Coral Gables. The Orange hosts Niagara at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

Undermanned Huskies Find a Way, Down Orange Men 52-50

Undermanned Huskies Find a Way, Down Orange Men 52-50

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Andrew Leffler NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Syracuse University Orange men built an 11-point lead in the second half, but squandered it against its former Big East rival UConn, and the Huskies escaped with a two-point victory in front of 15,347 fans at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Andrew Leffler

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Syracuse University Orange men built an 11-point lead in the second half, but squandered it against its former Big East rival UConn, and the Huskies escaped with a two-point victory in front of 15,347 fans at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

UConn has struggled after losing three players for the season because of injuries, but managed to get the job done this time.

”This is definitely a huge win for us,” said senior Rodney Purvis, who led the Huskies in scoring. ”We had some early season struggles but to come together tonight in this atmosphere, in this historic place. It was huge for us to come out with the win.”’

Blanks Over Broadway

After a sluggish finish in the Orange’s 77-71 win against North Florida on Saturday afternoon, Syracuse came out ice cold against the Huskies. Guard Tyus Battle hit a three with less than a minute gone by, but the Orange proceeded to go the next five and a half minutes without a field goal, until Tyler Roberson’s layup with 13:46 left in the first half.

“Our offense is horrendous,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We’ve got to get better there. If we don’t we’re going to struggle every game.”

The Orange struggled to score the entire night, shooting a dreadful 23 percent from the field (6-26) in the first half, and 28 percent (8-28) in the 2nd half. Despite the offensive woes, Syracuse big man Dajuan Coleman’s layup at the buzzer gave the Orange a two point lead going into halftime.

Losing Leads

After a Coleman layup extended Syracuse’s lead to seven, 31-24, with 17:07 to go in the game, both teams went ice cold again, with neither scoring for almost three minutes. An Andrew White three gave the Orange its biggest lead of the night at eleven, with 13:10 left to go.

The Huskies began to claw back with the help of their seniors, Kentan Facey (7 points, 13 rebounds), and Purvis (21 points, 7 rebounds).  Facey’s layup with 8:06 left cut the Orange’s lead to four.

After a missed layup by Tyus Battle, the Huskies came back the other way, and Purvis drilled a three, giving UConn its first lead of the 2nd half, 45-44, with 6:18 to go. Purvis then found Huskies’ sophomore guard Jalen Adams for the trifecta, giving UConn a five-point lead with just under three minutes left. Adams scored 16 for UConn.

Syracuse went more than six-and-a-half minutes without scoring.

With the Orange trailing by three, 49-46, Andrew White failed to tie the game, missing from deep on two straight possessions. But, the graduate transfer from Nebraska capitalized on his third chance, nailing a three with nine seconds to go, tying the game at 50.

Vital Possession

UConn quickly inbounded the basketball, and after a Purvis miss from behind the arc, Huskies’ guard Christian Vital got the rebound and was fouled on the put back with 2.2 seconds to go. The freshman, a New York City native, had missed all six of his field goal attempts, but he stepped to the stripe and knocked down both free throws, sealing the comeback win for the Huskies.

“He’s one of the toughest players we got,” UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said. “For him to get that offensive rebound, and shoot two free throws. He knocked them down like he was a fifth-year senior.”

Center Stage

After getting called out by his coach last weekend following Syracuse’s first loss of the season against South Carolina, Dajuan Coleman looked like a different player against the Huskies. The redshirt senior clearly got his coach’s message, pulling down 16 rebounds (career-high) to go along with 10 points.

Looking Ahead

The Orange (5-3) heads back to Syracuse and will host Boston University at the Carrier Dome this Saturday at noon. As for the Huskies (4-4), they will travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Orange Women Roll Past CCSU

Orange Women Roll Past CCSU

Story by Ashley Moore Photos by Michelle Fenelon SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Briana Day, Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes collectively outscored Central Connecticut State,74-63, as the Syracuse women ran off with a 95-63 blowout win in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. This marks Central Connecticut State’s fourth straight loss, with its only win this season a home […]

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Story by Ashley Moore

Photos by Michelle Fenelon

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Briana Day, Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes collectively outscored Central Connecticut State,74-63, as the Syracuse women ran off with a 95-63 blowout win in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. This marks Central Connecticut State’s fourth straight loss, with its only win this season a home victory over Vermont in overtime.

“I felt that given the fact that we’re as young as we were and had so many young kids in the game, playing against a team with the talent that Syracuse has, I can’t be 100-percent disappointed,” CCSU’s head coach Beryl Piper said.

Turnover City

Syracuse got off to a quick start, beginning the game on a 10-0 run. The Orange held Central Connecticut State scoreless until Andi Lydon scored the team’s first basket after three minutes into the first quarter. In a sloppy first quarter, there were 14 turnovers, six belonging to Syracuse, which head coach Quentin Hillsman said was due to the speed of the game.

“A lot of them were dead ball turnovers or non-forced turnovers and errors on our part,” Hillsman said.

“They’re a team that forces 25 turnovers a game and we had 20 so we were a little bit better than what they average,” Piper said. “So is that a good stat? It’s a good stat but it hurts us.”

Within Reach

The Orange dominated the offensive boards, outrebounding its opponent 14-5 and forced more turnovers, but Central Connecticut State managed to stay within reach shooting 50-percent from the field in the second quarter. The Blue Devils were outscored by just two points in the quarter, heading into halftime with a 12-point deficit, 45-33.

Dynamic Duo

The Orange began to pull away on a 7-0 run sparked by an Alexis Peterson’s three in the first two minutes of the third quarter. Sykes recorded her eighth career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds with four minutes to go in the quarter. With both players in double digits, Central Connecticut State had no answer, and began to struggle offensively.

“All we have is our word and we say things that we mean,” Sykes said. “So to say in the beginning that we were America’s best back court, we meant that and we just have to come out every night proving that.”

Clearing The Bench

 

Peterson began the fourth quarter with quick back-to-back 3-pointers and Sykes had an and-one, extending the lead to 30. Desiree Elmore scored Syracuse’s first bench points with five minutes to go in the game, taking a commanding 86-54 lead over Central Connecticut State. After Peterson picked up her tenth assist, Hillsman subbed out the starters. The Syracuse bench accounted for seven points, all of which came in the last five minutes of the game.

 

Looking Ahead

Syracuse improves to 6-3 on the season and will host a winless Coppin State Wednesday in the Carrier Dome. Central Connecticut State’s record drops to 1-6 and will head to Virginia Tech Wednesday to take on the undefeated Hokies.

 

 

Orange Men Survive UNF, 77-71

Orange Men Survive UNF, 77-71

Story by Nicki Jones Photo by Aubrie Tolliver Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse barely avoided a third straight loss, holding on for a 77-71 win over North Florida at the Carrier Dome, Saturday. Andrew White III led all Syracuse players with 26 points while helping Frank Howard accumulate a career high of 13 assists. After bad […]

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Photo by Aubrie Tolliver

Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse barely avoided a third straight loss, holding on for a 77-71 win over North Florida at the Carrier Dome, Saturday. Andrew White III led all Syracuse players with 26 points while helping Frank Howard accumulate a career high of 13 assists.

After bad losses to South Carolina in Brooklyn and Wisconsin in Madison, the Orange was looking to get back on track at home against the seemingly over-matched Ospreys from Jacksonville, But after building a 24-point second half lead, the Orange gave up almost all of it before time ran out.

“The second half we got going, had a nice rhythm, we got the ball inside, we made some shots,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We got control of the game and then we tried to get some people into the game and they weren’t ready to play and the game got really close. That’s what happens when you aren’t ready to play — you don’t compete and it’s disappointing.”

Always do Moore

The player who keyed North Florida’s comeback was senior guard Dallas Moore. Moore scored 16 points in eight minutes to cut the lead to make it a ball game with 4:29 left in regulation. Moore finished with 30 points and seven rebounds.

Wajid Aminu had a double-double for UNF with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Romelo Banks also grabbed ten rebounds for the Ospreys who out-boarded Syracuse 41-33. Nick Malenga chipped in 12 points.

Battle for Roberson

In with the new and out with the old, with the first lineup change of the season for SU, freshman guard Tyus Battle replaced senior forward Tyler Roberson for his first career start with 36 minutes and a career high of 19 points.

“I’m confident when I play my game,”Battle said. “That confidence always goes up when you see the ball go in.”

Over the past two games, Roberson failed to score more than a single point. Being left scoreless from the field completely isn’t something coach Jim Boeheim desires from his senior forward.

“We have to score,” Boeheim said. “You can’t play 34 minutes and score a single point and keep your job. We need him to rebound, play defense and stop missing layups, stop missing shots around the basket.”

Although Roberson is a senior he has been battling with putting the ball in the basket. Replacing Roberson with Battle seems to have worked out for the better.

“I didn’t think it would work out this well,”Boeheim said. “I didn’t think Tyus was ready to have this kind of game but I’m glad he did.”

Andrew White III assisted by Frank Howard

White came out on fire making the first two 3-pointers of the game and finishing with a career high of seven made 3’s. Although White consistently put the ball in the basket he pointed to his teammates and coach for his success.

“My teammates did a good job of finding me,” White said.  “Coach gives me the green light and encourages me to shoot. I credit those guys.”

Sophomore point guard Frank Howard found White five times and finished the game with a career high of 13 assists.

“I asked him before the game how many assists did he want tonight,” White said. “I always tell him where I am and where I’ll be. If he hits me, he can count it as an assist.”

Center Dajuan Coleman played 29 minutes, scoring 15 points and taking down six rebounds.

Quick Turn around

Syracuse now 5-2, will return to action Monday Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. vs. the UConn Huskies. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden and airs on ESPN2.

Orange Women Stop Skid, Beat Spartans 75-64

Orange Women Stop Skid, Beat Spartans 75-64

Story by Brianna Adams Photos by Ashley Moore SYRACUSE, N.Y.—With Alexis Peterson and Briana Day leading the way, No. 21 Syracuse dominated against No. 22 Michigan State to take the ACC/BIG 10 challenge, 75-64 at the Carrier Dome, Wednesday night. The Orange took the lead with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter and never let […]

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Story by Brianna Adams
Photos by Ashley Moore

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—With Alexis Peterson and Briana Day leading the way, No. 21 Syracuse dominated against No. 22 Michigan State to take the ACC/BIG 10 challenge, 75-64 at the Carrier Dome, Wednesday night. The Orange took the lead with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter and never let go, to break a two-game losing streak and get its first win this season against a ranked team.

“This is by far, since I’ve been here, the toughest schedule that we’ve ever played in November,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “That was done purposely, and our kids really responded today with a big win.”

Powerhouse Peterson

Peterson through 38 minutes of play topped the boards with 27 points in the win. The 5′ 7″ guard dominated in the paint with 11 field goals. The 20+ point game was her fifth of the season just eight games in.

“I think she’s poised, I mean, she’s a really good jump shooter,” Michigan State Head Coach Suzy Merchant said. “You have to worry about her.”

Three-point struggles

Peterson’s success in the paint helped bring Syracuse the win after the Orange struggled with three- pointers. On an offense that Syracuse head coach Quentin raves about shooting threes, threes were anything but the strong point versus the Spartans. The Orange made just four in the entire game out of 25 attempts.

“Our goal is to force 20+ turnovers,”  Hillsman said. “We’re still hitting our game goals even if we’re not hitting our threes right now.”

Dominating Defense

Syracuse held Michigan State to just 22 points in the first half. The Orange forced 20 turnovers in the first half alone to take a hefty 18-point lead past the Spartans. Center Briana Day was key when it came to stopping the Spartans offense. Day had seven rebounds and two steals to accompany her 12 points on the win.

Closer but no Cigar

Michigan State managed to cut the lead to single digits in the second half.  Immediately following halftime, Michigan State scored six unanswered points as Syracuse struggled to get a basket. But a layup by Isabella Slim broke the ice for Syracuse and the Orange eventually built the lead to 54-40 after three quarters.

The Spartans cut it to nine at 61-52 with 5:51 left in the game but that was as close as they got.

Tori Jankoska led the Spartans with 21 points in the loss, one below her average. Nia Hollie was the only other Michigan State player in double figures with 10 points.

Looking forward

 

Syracuse improves to 5-3 on the season after losing two crucial games to #8/8 Ohio State and # 18/17 DePaul. The Orange will host Central Connecticut State at the Carrier Dome on December 4 Michigan State’s record dropss to 6-2 after the loss. The Spartans will look for redemption as they host Oakland on December 2.