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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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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 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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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 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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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 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.

Panthers Down Orange in Football Scoring Spree

Panthers Down Orange in Football Scoring Spree

Story by Brianna Adams Photos by Bridget Chavez PITTSBURGH, PA. — ”I’m thinking we’re about to put up 80 points in a football game,” Pittsburgh wide receiver Quadree Henderson said. ”Are we playing basketball or football? It was definitely weird.” Leading 49-21 in the third quarter, the Panthers held on to beat Syracuse 76-61 in the […]

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Story by Brianna Adams

Photos by Bridget Chavez

PITTSBURGH, PA. — ”I’m thinking we’re about to put up 80 points in a football game,” Pittsburgh wide receiver Quadree Henderson said. ”Are we playing basketball or football? It was definitely weird.”

Leading 49-21 in the third quarter, the Panthers held on to beat Syracuse 76-61 in the regular season finale at Heinz Field, Saturday afternoon,  Pittsburgh (8-4, 5-3 ACC) and Syracuse (4-8, 2-6) scored a combined 137 points to set a record for the highest scoring FBS game. The record previously was held by a 2007 game between Navy and North Texas with 136.

Defensive Difficulties

Pitt’s offense ran only 59 plays that converted into 76 points, while Syracuse needed 106 plays to score its 61. After QB Zack Mahoney’s two-yard rush gave Syracuse the early lead at 7-0, Pitt scored two quick touchdowns, the second on a 35-yard pass from Nathan Peterman to running back James Conner on the first play of the drive. While the Orange tied it at 14, Syracuse allowed Pitt to go on back-breaking touchdown runs including 66, 77 and 59 yards in the course of the game.

Pittsburgh held Syracuse in the first half to just 21 points and led 35-21, but fell apart in the second half. Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo went for four touchdowns in the second half with ineffective coverage on the star wide receiver. The Orange managed to score 40 points in the second half after tiring out the Panthers defense.

“There’s ups and downs but we found a way to win,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We knew we could score points on them.”

 

Touchdown Derby

Of the 20 touchdowns scored, ten were by passing and ten rushing. Of those ten passing touchdowns, Etta-Tawo was responsible for five, including a 49-yard pass from Mahoney to the grad transfer.

Mahoney was credited with two of the rushing touchdowns. Both teams were perfect in the red zone. Syracuse was seven for seven and Pitt converted on all five of its red zone appearances.

Conner was a top performer for Pittsburgh. The redshirt junior racked up 18 points for the Panthers with two rushing touchdowns and that 35-yard touchdown catch.
Late Bloomers

Syracuse scored first but Pitt controlled the game after tying it at seven in the first quarter. The first three Pitt touchdowns came in just 18 plays. The first came on a pass from Peterman to wide receiver Jester Weah, who ran 59 yards down the field to score. Conner’s first TD put Pitt ahead and after Syracuse tied it with a five-yard run by Dontae Strickland, a six-yard run by George Aston put the Panthers ahead for good.

Trailing 56-34 to start the fourth quarter, Syracuse put up four touchdowns in the final fifteen minutes. But Pitt answered with 20-points of its own.

Starting off with a 19-yard rushing touchdown from Mahoney, it was Etta-Tawo’s show for the remainder of the game.

In between Pitt touchdowns by Dontez Ford (79-yard catch), Weah (6-yard catch) and Conner (one-yard rush) in that order. Etta-Tawo scored three touchdowns to cut Pitt’s final margin to 15 points.

 

Breaking records and making names

This matchup marked the end of the regular season for both Pitt and Syracuse and both teams broke records for their respective programs.

Pittsburgh set a program record for single-season points at 508 after racking up 76 against Syracuse. The last time Pitt scored over 70 points was against Temple in 1977 when the Panthers shut them out 76-0.

Running back James Conner broke records as well just one year after being diagnosed with cancer. The redshirt junior extended his Atlantic Coast Conference record for career touchdowns to 56 after three on the day. With 115 rushing yards against the Orange, Conner finished the regular season with his second 1,000-yard season, becoming the fifth Pitt player ever to accomplish that.

For Syracuse, the 76 points eclipsed the previous high against Union College (75-0) back in 1891.

The 2016 team led by Dino Babers set new records in completions (332), attempts (522) and passing yards (3,855), records previously held by the 2012 Orange. Quarterback Zack Mahoney set new career-highs in attempts (61), passing yards (440) and completions (43) to end his junior year. His 43 completions put him in second with Eric Dungey trailing Ryan Nassib’s record of 45 completions against Northwestern in 2012.

The graduate transfer from Maryland, Etta-Tawo had a banner year with the Orange rewriting the record books. Etta-Tawo’s five touchdowns Saturday set a single-game record and gave him 14 on the season tying Tommy Kane’s Syracuse record set in 1987.

 

Grand Finale

”It’s fun being out there and putting up all those points,” Syracuse quarterback Mahoney said. ”When it comes down to it, the only important stat at the end of the days is wins and losses.”

With the loss to Pittsburgh, Syracuse finishes the season 4-8 for Dino Babers’ first season as head coach. The Orange will have most of its team back although it will lose the remarkable Etta-Tawo.

Despite a report that the University of Houston is interested in  Babers, he said he is “100 percent locked in to Syracuse.”

Pittsburgh ends the regular season with a winning record of 8-4 and with noteworthy victories against Clemson and Penn State, Pitt’s chances of a high bowl bid are good. Bowl season kicks off on December 17.

 

Gamecocks Shut Down Orange Men, 64-50

Gamecocks Shut Down Orange Men, 64-50

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Jon Cerio Brooklyn, N.Y. – After giving up two quick threes to start the game, and committing four turnovers in the first two and a half minutes, the Syracuse University Orange never recovered, suffering its first defeat of the season at the hands of South Carolina, 64-50, at the Barclays […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Jon Cerio

Brooklyn, N.Y. – After giving up two quick threes to start the game, and committing four turnovers in the first two and a half minutes, the Syracuse University Orange never recovered, suffering its first defeat of the season at the hands of South Carolina, 64-50, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday afternoon.

The Orange struggled all afternoon, never quite looking comfortable in the final game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. Syracuse turned the ball over 17 times, a season high, thanks to a swarming South Carolina defense that frustrated the Orange for the majority of the game. Frank Martin’s squad held the Orange to 31.8 percent from the field (14-44).

“That’s as good a defense as we’ve seen in a long time,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They were really, really good, defensively.”

“I pride myself defensively,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said. “It’s taken us four years to recruit a team that has all the parts to play good defensively.


Foul Play

Syracuse’s starting point guard Frank Howard had committed two quick fouls with less than four minutes gone by in the first half. Backup guard John Gillon came in but looked uncomfortable from the get-go. The graduate transfer from Colorado State committed five turnovers, and only took one shot in 28 minutes.

 

Centers Come Up Short

Big men Dajuan Coleman and Paschal Chukwu were ineffective down low – a primary reason why the Gamecocks outscored the Orange 30-8 in the paint.

“I don’t think our centers got the job done today,” Boeheim said. “Our best offensive team is with Tyler Lydon at center, and that’s what it’s going to be unless we get more production. ”

 

Bright Spot

In the second half, with his team down 40-28, sophomore Lydon (18 points, 7 rebounds) caught fire, scoring the first eight points for the Orange, and cutting South Carolina’s lead to six with 16:20 left in the game. But Lydon didn’t score again.

With 10:34 left in the game, South Carolina’a P.J. Dozier (15 points, 10 rebounds) hit a jumper, extending his team’s lead to 51-43. Both teams were then held scoreless for four minutes, until Syracuse’s Andrew White III hit a three from the baseline with 6:34 remaining.

The Gamecocks answered with a 6-0 run over the next three and a half minutes, capped off with a Maik Kotsar layup that sealed the deal for South Carolina.

 

A Thorn in the Orange’s Side

Coming off of three straight games with at least 20 points, South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell only took 6 shots from the field, but made crucial free throws down the stretch, going 9-10 from the stripe and finishing with 16 points. The 6-5 senior was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.

 

Looking Ahead

The Orange men will play their first true road game of the season on Tuesday night at 7:30, as Syracuse (4-1) heads to Madison to play the Wisconsin Badgers (4-2).  The Gamecocks (6-0) will host Vermont on Thursday night at 6:30.

Second Helping

Second Helping

Photos by Robert Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, here’s a second helping of photos from Tuesday night’s 101-59 win for Syracuse Men’s Basketball over South Carolina State. Note the photo of 5’8″ freshman guard Ray Featherston. The walk-on from Westport, Conn. / Fairfield Prep/Choate Rosemary Hall put SU over the 100-point mark […]

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Photos by Robert Schiff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, here’s a second helping of photos from Tuesday night’s 101-59 win for Syracuse Men’s Basketball over South Carolina State. Note the photo of 5’8″ freshman guard Ray Featherston. The walk-on from Westport, Conn. / Fairfield Prep/Choate Rosemary Hall put SU over the 100-point mark with a three-pointer with :14 left in the game. Featherston wears the same number 35 that Coach Jim Boeheim wore as an undergraduate.

Orange Men Feast on South Carolina State, 101-59, Ahead of Turkey Day

Orange Men Feast on South Carolina State, 101-59, Ahead of Turkey Day

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Rob Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  With Thanksgiving two days away, The Orange (4-0) feasted on an over-matched South Carolina State Bulldogs team (1-3) in the Carrier Dome, 101-59 Tuesday night. Syracuse carved through the Bulldogs’ defense, hitting 54 percent of its field goals, including 54 percent from beyond the arc.  Six […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Rob Schiff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  With Thanksgiving two days away, The Orange (4-0) feasted on an over-matched South Carolina State Bulldogs team (1-3) in the Carrier Dome, 101-59 Tuesday night.

Syracuse carved through the Bulldogs’ defense, hitting 54 percent of its field goals, including 54 percent from beyond the arc.  Six Orange players were in double figures on the night, as Syracuse won its third matchup in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.

“Obviously, we’re bigger and stronger,”  SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “I thought for awhile there we moved the ball better and got some good shots.”

Breaking Bread

The Bulldogs’ Edward Stephens got the first basket of the game from deep, giving South Carolina State its first and only lead of the game.  From there, the Orange went on a 15-0 tear to open things up.  The run included threes from Tyler Lydon, Andrew White III and Franklin Howard.  Syracuse was up 15-3 with 14:02 left in the half.

“I think after the first few minutes we were able to find our rhythm, and make some stops,” White said.

The Bulldogs answered back with Tashombe Riley and James Richardson layups, followed by a jumper from Eric Eaves.  South Carolina State cut the lead to 15-9, with 10:35 left in the first half.

Stuffing the Stats

John Gillon and Dajuan Coleman combined for the Orange’s next 13 points.  After a Tyus Battle three-pointer, and a Taurean Thompson slam, Syracuse was up by 17 points, 33-16, with 4:50 left in the half.

Ozante Fields helped keep the Bulldogs competitive, with a couple of fast break layups. He wound up as SC State’s leading scorer with eleven points and six rebounds.

South Carolina State was very aggressive from the early stages of the contest, with several fast break opportunities.  At one point, the Bulldogs had a 16-8 point edge in that department over Syracuse. Despite that, the Orange held onto a 46-31 advantage at the half.

Second Helping of Squash

Syracuse opened up the second half with a three-ball from White.  He led six Orange in double figures with 15 points on the night.

After Eaves answered with a dunk for the Bulldogs first points of the half, Richardson and Greg Mortimer provided sporadic offense for South Carolina State during a 36-9 run for the Orange over the next 11:41.

“I think we played really well offensively,” Lydon said. “Defensively, we were able to execute in the second half and we were able to play our game.”

Gravy Train

The Orange spread the wealth, getting multiple players involved in the onslaught.  Howard led the distribution with eleven assists. Gillon chipped in another four.  In all, Syracuse had 25 assists.
Though the Bulldogs continued to attack the rim, they weren’t nearly as efficient as they needed to be.  By the end of the game, Syracuse matched South Carolina State’s fast break points with 18.

“We have a lot of depth, so we can run,” White said.  “We use that to our advantage.”

Feather in the Cap

The Orange used its speed and size to outplay the Bulldogs in every facet of the game.  The two Tylers led the charge on the boards, helping SU outrebound its opponent by 22.

Syracuse doubled the Bulldogs’ field goal percentage, 54 to 27 percent.  Syracuse was lights out from downtown, hitting 13-24 threes on the night, including 4-5 from Lydon.

Seventeen Orange players got into the game, including all eight walk-ons and a three-pointer by Ray Featherston with 14 seconds left put SU over the 100-point mark for the first time since a game against Monmouth on Dec. 8, 2012.

Setting the Table

Syracuse now looks to a date with a tough South Carolina team in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday at 2:30. The 4-0 Gamecocks host 4-0 Michigan tonight in Columbia.

“Well, I think we’ve had the opportunity to give everybody a really good feel for what college basketball is about,” Boeheim said.  “Trying to get this team to fit together, the guys that we have, and I think we have, and I think that we have accomplished that.”

Volleyball: Yelin – “Not Enough Effort to Win.”

Volleyball: Yelin – “Not Enough Effort to Win.”

Story and photos by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was the last home match of the 2016 season for the Syracuse Orange, and even though the weather changed from Friday, the outcome didn’t. It was sunny and warm outside when Pitt beat SU 3-1 on Friday night. The snow was swirling outside the SU Women’s […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was the last home match of the 2016 season for the Syracuse Orange, and even though the weather changed from Friday, the outcome didn’t.

It was sunny and warm outside when Pitt beat SU 3-1 on Friday night. The snow was swirling outside the SU Women’s Building Sunday afternoon as the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-17, 7-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) also beat the Orange (7-21, 6-12 ACC) three sets to one (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 27-25).

“I think overall we are repeating again and again,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said. “We are not giving consistently effort. Effort enough to win.”

 

Set 1: A Slow Start

It was a slow start for the both the Orange and the Hokies. Neither team could create a solid play as both were giving each other free balls and not capitalizing.

The Orange started to get in rhythm in the middle of the set, but didn’t start to pull away from the Hokies. Virginia Tech started to clean up its game as well.

They kept each other within a couple of points, but the Orange held the Hokies off, keeping them at 21 points and took the set (25-21).

Set 2: Tech Comes Out Swinging

The Hokies didn’t let the loss from set one affect them. They came out swinging.

The Orange served to start the second set and the Hokies passed a perfect ball, which went to the outside hitter who nailed it down the line. Syracuse had no chance to dig it.

That was one of many plays that Virginia Tech made.

It was neck and neck in the beginning of the match, but the Hokies pulled away when they had a five-point run making the score 15-9.

Syracuse tried to come back, but Virginia Tech went on another five-point run making the score 20-12. The Orange pushed forward, but it wasn’t enough and Virginia Tech took the set (25-19).

Set 3: Strong Start to a Slow Finish

Frustrated with the loss of the second set, Syracuse came out with high emotion, and Virginia Tech was still in good rhythm.

The set was close again with each team was staying within two points of the other for awhile. Syracuse got a lead and didn’t give the long point runs to Virginia Tech early in the set, but did towards the end.

The Hokies got two 3-point runs. One caught them up the the Orange and put them ahead by one point. The other 3-point run put Virginia Tech within one point of winning the set.

Syracuse tried to come back with a kill from the outside, but Virginia Tech came out on top, winning the third set (25-22).

Set 4: Effort is Key

From the start of the fourth set you would have thought that it was going to be a fast one, You’d have been wrong.

Virginia Tech came out with a four-point run. The Hokies earned two points with two kills and the Orange gave them the other two points with unforced errors.

Syracuse was not willing to give up and the Orange went on a four-point run as well, as Virginia Tech gave Syracuse three of the four points with unforced hitting errors.

From that point on the set was close until Virginia Tech gave up two 3-point runs to Syracuse and the Orange chances of evening the match looked good. But with a couple of unforced errors from Syracuse, Virginia Tech was back in the game at 21-20.

Both teams fought hard tying the score at 22-22 and 25-25. But Virginia Tech ended up taking the set 27-25 and with it, the match.

Next

The Orange wraps up the season with two road games, at Louisville on Wednesday and Notre Dame on Friday.

“I think our effort is the best option for what we need to work on right now,” Syracuse setter Jalissa Trotter said.

Cook, Florida State Roll over Orange in Home Finale

Cook, Florida State Roll over Orange in Home Finale

Story by Mike Drew Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Florida State Seminoles (8-3, 5-3) came into the Carrier Dome on Saturday ranked number 17 in the nation. It didn’t take long for them to overwhelm the Syracuse Orange (4-7, 2-5), as they dominated a wire-to-wire blowout 45-14 and likely vanquished any hopes SU […]

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Story by Mike Drew
Photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — 
The Florida State Seminoles (8-3, 5-3) came into the Carrier Dome on Saturday ranked number 17 in the nation. It didn’t take long for them to overwhelm the Syracuse Orange (4-7, 2-5), as they dominated a wire-to-wire blowout 45-14 and likely vanquished any hopes SU had of playing in a bowl game.
Florida State’s attack was led by Heisman hopeful running back Dalvin Cook. The 5′-11″ junior finished with 227 yards on 28 carries, including four touchdowns. In the process, Cook also surpassed Warrick Dunn (3,959 yards) as the program’s all-time leading rusher.

“Extremely talented,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “Very gifted. He’s an OMG guy.”

Right from the jump

After coming up with a stop on Syracuse’s first possession the game, the Florida State special teams group made its presence known early. Freshman defensive lineman Brian Burns partially blocked Sterling Hofrichter’s first punt of the game. The high-powered FSU offense started with great field position and made it count.

Quarterback Deondre Francois (18-28, 315 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) connected with wide receiver Nyqwan Murray for a 16-yard touchdown that gave the ‘noles a 7-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

Florida State’s defense then forced another punt and Cook got them right back into the red zone as he gashed the Syracuse defense on a 41-yard sprint down the far sideline. Two plays later, Francois connected with junior receiver Travis Rudolph on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Midway through the first quarter, the Seminoles were up 14-0, setting a tone that Syracuse would never catch up to.

Fits and starts

The Syracuse offense was disorganized for much of the game. Quarterback Zack Mahoney (16-36, 196 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) filled in for the injured Eric Dungey for the second straight week and struggled to escape the Florida State pass rush, which got eight sacks on the afternoon.

“It’s a different game when the quarterback is getting hit a lot,” Babers said. “They’re not supposed to get hit a lot. We’ve got to do more to help him.”

The one real chance Syracuse’s offense had in the first 30 minutes came early in the second quarter, after cornerback Christopher Frederick intercepted an errant pass from Francois, handing the Orange good field position.

After getting a first-and-goal at the FSU 8, the SU offense suffered two false start penalties and Mahoney was ultimately intercepted in the end zone by Tarvarus McFadden.

“I’m definitely going to be looking at the screen tomorrow and criticizing myself a lot because I missed a lot of things,” Mahoney said.

One bright spot


After Cook’s first touchdown run (a 25-yarder) made it 21-0 FSU, the Syracuse offense made something happen before halftime. Following a missed 54-yard field goal attempt, SU took over at its own 37-yard line with 1:04 left in the half.

With four seconds on the clock, Mahoney rolled right and lofted a high-arching prayer into the end zone. Standout receiver Amba Etta-Tawo ,one of 21 seniors honored before the game, came down with the 46-yard Hail Mary to put the Orange on the board. For as rough as the first half was for Syracuse, it was fortunate to head to the locker room down only two touchdowns.

Letting the air out of the balloon


Florida State got the ball to start the second half and quickly eliminated any momentum Syracuse may have gained from its end of the half stunner. It took seven plays for the Francois-Cook tandem to move the ball to the Syracuse eleven-yard line, where Cook struck again for his second touchdown run of the game.

After another Hofrichter punt, the Seminoles took over backed up on their own seven-yard line. This time, it took the offense eight plays to travel 93 yards and score another backbreaking touchdown, as Cook galloped his way in from 17 yards out. Midway through the third quarter, FSU had upped its lead to 35-7.

Garbage time

As the game wound down, each teams scored another touchdown. First, Mahoney threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 17-yard scoring strike to receiver Ervin Philips to make it 35-14 FSU. This came after linebacker Shyheim Cullen recovered a muffed punt by FSU’s Murray.

On the ensuing drive, Florida State responded once again. five plays after recovering an onside kick, Cook put the exclamation point on his performance, scoring his fourth touchdown, this time an eight-yard run. The Seminoles regained a four-touchdown lead at 42-14.

In the fourth quarter, Ricky Aguayo added a 42-yard field goal to make it 45-14.

What’s next

Florida State will host in-state rival Florida next Saturday, hoping to get to nine wins and improve its position for a quality bowl game.

Syracuse will wrap its regular season up at Pittsburgh next Saturday at 12:30. The Panthers ripped Duke at Heinz Field on Saturday, 56-14 to go to 7-4, 4-3 ACC.

The game will be aired on the ACC Network. Babers said Mahoney will likely start at quarterback once again. Even though a bowl game is likely out of the cards now, Babers still wants to send his seniors out the right way.

“That’s the key to all of this,” he said. “We need to play a competitive football game, all the way down to the fourth quarter, where we have a chance to win.”

Volleyball: Close Sets as Panthers Beat Orange 3-1

Volleyball: Close Sets as Panthers Beat Orange 3-1

Story and photos by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange (7-20, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) took on the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (21-8, 12-5 ACC) in the SU Women’s Building Friday night. With both teams were coming off of a loss the week the Panthers got the best of the Orange in a […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange (7-20, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) took on the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (21-8, 12-5 ACC) in the SU Women’s Building Friday night.

With both teams were coming off of a loss the week the Panthers got the best of the Orange in a hard fought four sets (25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22).

“I think we just got beat by team who is played better tonight than we did,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said. “It doesn’t mean we didn’t play well, but they played better.”

Set 1: Coming Out with Drive

The  Panthers came out with high energy and fighting for every point, while the Orange kept an even cool.

It was only three points into the first set, and the Panthers attacked from the right side of the court. The referee called it out giving Syracuse the point, but the Panthers insisted that a Syracuse had defender touched it. The players and head coach Dan Fisher argued with both the up and down referees.

The Orange ended up winning that point. That play, however, set the tone for set one and it was a battle all the way up until the end.

The Orange had a lead until the Panthers tied the score at 8-8. From then on, neither team had more than a two-point lead.

We played with them good in the first game, and it was not enough,” Yelin said. “In the end they pushed a little bit more, and we didn’t respond.”

The Panthers won the set 25-23.

Set 2: Sloppy All Around

After losing a close first set, the Orange started out the second with more of a spark. But with the intensity coming from both sides of the net, both teams became sloppy and there were unforced errors,

The attackers from both sides were hitting into the middle of a solid double block making the ball go straight down with no chance to recover it. There was missed blocking assignments from both teams leaving one-on-zero situations giving the defense no chance to recover.

The Orange stayed close going back and forth with the Panthers, but at 19-19, ended up giving Pittsburgh a 6-point run to win the second set 25-19.

Set 3: Long Rallies

With the Panthers up 2-1 in set three, they attacked a hard driven ball, which was dug up by Syracuse. The dig was not controlled, but a one handed save by outside hitter, Mackenzie Weaver saved the point.

The Orange gave the Panthers a free ball, and they attacked another hard driven ball. Syracuse again had an uncontrolled dig, which again was saved with one hand from setter, Jalissa Trotter. Pittsburgh gained the control of the free ball and ended up winning the point.

That play was one of many long rallies as the Orange and the Panthers finally got into a rhythm.

There wasn’t a play were you didn’t find a player from either team flying across the court to dive for a ball keeping their team in the rally.

Syracuse sealed the set win with a stuff block making the score 20-15. While the Panthers tried to stay in the game with a 3-point run, it wasn’t enough and Syracuse took the set 25-22.

Set 4: The Fight Continues

The passion from the last set spilled over.

Both the Orange and the Panthers kept up with the theme of long rallies. Each team continued to stay in rhythm. Both the offenses and the defenses were firing on all cylinders.

The attackers would take their best swing, but the defenders would pop the ball up and make it look easy. You could tell that the hitters were becoming frustrated. The rallies would end because they would sail the ball out of bounds. Other times, they would just hit it so hard that it would go straight down in front of the defender.

It was back and forth for most of the set. Each team would get the lead and then other would come back to tie it up.

But the Orange started to break down at the end of the set. Serve receive became unstable, which carried through the entire team.

The Panthers took the fourth set and the match with an ace (25-22).

“This was a super difficult match,” Pitt’s Fisher said.  “We have always had trouble playing at Syracuse. It’s a physical team that is way better now than at the start of the year. They have done a nice job of improving and I thought their libero had a really nice game.”

Next

“The biggest thing we need to do is learn,” Syracuse setter, Jalissa Trotter said. “I think we need to learn from the mistakes and learn from the good things so we can gradually get better as a team.”

On Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Women’s Building, the Orange plays its last home match of the season against the University of Virginia Cavali

Orange Men Soar over Monmouth to Stay Unbeaten

Orange Men Soar over Monmouth to Stay Unbeaten

Story by Jacqueline Mundry Photos by Nikki Jones SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Orange guard Andrew White III scored 18 points, all in the first half, to lead Syracuse (3-0) over Monmouth (1-2) in the second game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational 71-50 on Friday night at the Carrier Dome. The 6′-7″ graduate student had six field […]

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Story by Jacqueline Mundry
Photos by Nikki Jones

SYRACUSE, N.Y.
 — Orange guard Andrew White III scored 18 points, all in the first half, to lead Syracuse (3-0) over Monmouth (1-2) in the second game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational 71-50 on Friday night at the Carrier Dome. The 6′-7″ graduate student had six field goals, including three 3-point baskets, plus three of four free throws.

“He was our offense, he kept us in there,” SU head coach Jim Boehem said.”My big thing is just getting us into position so that when we go into halftime we are pretty stable,” he said.

Syracuse led 37-29 at the half.

While White did not score in the second half, others took up the slack. Freshman Taurean Thompson was the only other Orange player in double digits with 12 points in the game.

Defense wins games

Syracuse ran off six straight points to start the second half and eventually built the lead to 25 before Boeheim emptied his bench.

“I knew we were capable of doing that,” White said. “If we did our job, we could have a game like we did tonight, with the zone being our staple. Once we capitalized on errors from previous games, coming into this game, we were more prepared for what was going on and we knew our spots better. It was time for us to put together a complete zone.”

The Orange defense held Monmouth to 31 percent from the field, and only 4-for-29 from behind the arc. Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 11 point on 4-16 shooting.

“Our defense was pretty good,” Boeheim said. “We were pushing them off spots and making them take tough shots. And I thought to start the second half we were really efficient and got on the board.”

Monmouth shot just 21-percent in the second half, falling to 1-2 on the season.

Playing like a freshman

Thompson went 5-6 on the night scoring 12 points for the Orange. Despite the offensive number, Boeheim was not entirely impressed.

“He was very good on offense and he gave up about five baskets on defense,” he said. “He’s got to learn. Just because you can make two jump shots, if you give up 10 points on the other end it’s not a positive.”

High Praise

Regardless of the blowout win on the scoreboard, Boeheim and his team praised the Hawks.

“That team’s a good team make no mistake about it they’ll be in the tournament this year, I think,” Boeheim said.

“We had to force them to drive and cut them off,”said point guard Frank Howard, who had nine points and eight assists on the night.

With this being a bigger test than the previous two games, Howard said he gives himself and his team a grade of B-/C+.


Up next

The Orange will be back at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday to host South Carolina State for game three of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.

The Hawks will look to snap their two game losing streak when they host Cornell on Tuesday.

Orange Men Roll Over Crusaders

Orange Men Roll Over Crusaders

Story by Jake Lapin Photos by Andrew Leffler SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was business as usual at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night, as Syracuse picked up another non-conference win, 90-46 over Holy Cross in preliminary game for the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. The win for the Orange made it seven straight victories over the Crusaders. […]

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Story by Jake Lapin
Photos by Andrew Leffler

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was business as usual at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night, as Syracuse picked up another non-conference win, 90-46 over Holy Cross in preliminary game for the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.

The win for the Orange made it seven straight victories over the Crusaders.

Andrew White III led the way for SU, finishing with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep. James Gillon added 15 points and 9 assists.

Orange head coach Jim Boeheim was not ready to celebrate.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he said after the game. Mistakes don’t show in games like this, but they’re there. We just have to keep working really hard. There is a long way to go.”

Raining Threes

Syracuse followed up a mediocre shooting performance against Colgate with a bombardment of outside shots on Tuesday.

The Orange shot 13-of-25 from beyond the arc, good for 52 percent, eclipsing its 35 percent mark from the opener.

“When you shoot the ball that well it makes the game a lot easier,” Boeheim said”Andrew got it started and then everybody made a couple.”

White led the way with five triples. Tyus Battle chipped in three of his own, and Tyler Lydon and John Gillon had a couple each.

“It’s dangerous,” Lydon said after the game about the team’s three-point shooting. “We have guys who are able to stretch the floor and make the right plays.”

Look Out for Lydon

Speaking of Lydon, the preseason-Naismith-watchlist finalist connected on his first two threes of the season after an 0-for-11 drought to begin the year, including the two exhibitions.

Lydon finished the night with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and tacked on 6 rebounds.

“It doesn’t matter where he plays,” Boeheim said. “He’s a good player.”

Paint Party

After an eye-opening 6-rebound advantage over Colgate last Friday, Syracuse started boxing out against the Crusaders.

The Orange out-rebounded Holy Cross 39-27, including an impressive 15 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second-chance points.

“The biggest difference early, we missed shots, but we got on the offensive glass,” Boeheim said. “It just made it easier. You don’t have to rely on just making shots.”

SU dominated the interior throughout, given its size advantage, compiling 32 points in the paint and six blocks.

Notes

The point-guard tandem continues to tantalize as Boeheim has two capable floor generals at his disposal. Frank Howard has remained the starter thus far, but he has not hesitated to take him out after a turnover or missed assignment. Gillon, who finished one assist shy of a double-double, checked into the game early at around the 17-minute mark of the first half.

The Syracuse lead reached a peak of 48 points, which allowed Boeheim to clear his bench. 16 different SU players saw the floor on Tuesday, however only eight of them scored.

Holy Cross finished the game shooting 28 percent from downtown, which was actually better than the 25 percent they shot in their opener against South Carolina. Coach Bill Carmody’s crew drops to 0-2 on the season, following up a Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament appearance last year.

What’s Next?

Holy Cross heads to Worcester, Mass. to play in-state foe UMass on Sunday.

Syracuse continues its Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational schedule with a matchup against Monmouth at the Dome on Friday. Tip is at 7 pm and the game will be aired on ACCN Extra.

Monmouth lost by a point at South Carolina, Tuesday night. Regardless of how it does in the preliminary games, Syracuse will face South Carolina in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclay Center on Nov. 26.

Wolfpack Downs Dungey-less Orange, 35-20

Wolfpack Downs Dungey-less Orange, 35-20

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Aubrie Tolliver SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Playing without starting quarterback Eric Dungey, the Syracuse Orange saw its bowl hopes fade Saturday afternoon as the North Carolina State Wolfpack won 35-20 in the Carrier Dome, dominating the stat sheet in the process. Just about an hour before the game, Syracuse announced that […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Aubrie Tolliver

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Playing without starting quarterback Eric Dungey, the Syracuse Orange saw its bowl hopes fade Saturday afternoon as the North Carolina State Wolfpack won 35-20 in the Carrier Dome, dominating the stat sheet in the process.

Just about an hour before the game, Syracuse announced that Dungey, who’d been injured against Clemson the week before and listed as questionable for this game, would not play.

“Before the Clemson game, I think that he was ranked in the top‐10 quarterbacks in the country,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “Obviously, we missed him a great deal out there. There would’ve been a lot of things that we could’ve taken advantage of.”

Hot Start

One day after Veterans Day, it was Military Appreciation Day in the Carrier Dome and things started well for the Orange.

After winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, the defense stopped the opening Wolfpack drive on downs at the Syracuse 39-yard line.

Zack Mahoney got the nod at quarterback, and found chemistry with Erv Philips.  They connected three times on the opening drive for 26 yards.

The third came on fourth down and two at the NC State 28, Mahoney connected with Philips for a first down at the 16,

Then, on third and four, Dontae Strickland went up the middle on a 10-yard touchdown run.

Syracuse led 7-0 with 7:05 left in the first quarter.

 

Pack and Forth

While Syracuse kept the Wolfpack off the scoreboard for the remainder of the period, NC State was driving toward the end of it and started the second quarter with third down and one on the Syracuse seven-yard line.

Much of the Wolfpack yardage on the drive was on the back of Matthew Dayes and the senior from Fort Lauderdale took the ball in seven yards for the touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.  By that point, Dayes had carried the ball ten times for 44 yards. He was far from being finished.

The Orange answered back.  On a drive that started on the Syracuse 25-yard line, Mahoney found Alvin Cornelius for 46 yards to the NC State 27.  But Syracuse stalled and settled for a Cole Murphy 48-yard field goal, and a 10-7 lead.

 

Head of the Pack

NC State started its next drive with 12:06 left in the half and Ryan Finley still at quarterback. On third and 10, Finley found Nyheim Hines for 56 yards, down to the Orange 17-yard line.  Four plays later, Jaylen Samuels got into the end zone on a three-yard rush.

With 8:40 left in the first half, NC State had its first lead of the ball game, 14-10.  The Wolfpack took the ball 76 yards in seven plays, and only needed 3:26 to do it.

On its next possession, the Wolfpack went with Sophomore quarterback Jalan McClendon, and the Charlotte native carried the ball himself for three,17, and ten yards, then for just one, enough for a first and 10 on the Orange 10-yard line.

After Dayes got the ball to the three, the Orange used its timeouts.  That proved beneficial, as the defense stopped Dayes on second and goal from the two, and on third down got a huge interception by Rodney Williams for a touchback.

Williams had a very big first half showing, making seven tackles and getting that key interception near the end of the half.

 

Two-Trick Mahoney

But the Pack still led 14-10 at the half and there was a disparity in stats.

The Wolfpack out-rushed the Orange 103-12, and threw for 158 yards, 70 more than Mahoney could muster.  Syracuse’s star receiver, Amba Etta-Tawo, had only one reception for four yards.

It was essentially a two-man show for the Orange receiving corps at that point.  Cornelius had three receptions for 60 yards, and Philips had four receptions for 30.  Conversely, NC State had four players with at least two receptions, Harmon gaining 22 yards, Cherry with 39, and Nyheim Hines with 62 yards on two receptions.

 

Second Half

Syracuse only held onto the ball for 1:07 to start the second half.  When NC State got the ball back, it only had the ball for :37.  The difference is, the Wolfpack took the ball 80 yards on only two plays to take a 21-10 lead.

Harmon had added to his total with a 68- yard reception from Finley.

 

Anything You Can Do…

The Orange wasn’t going away, though.  In fact, Syracuse did the Wolfpack one better.  In two plays, the Orange went 82 yards, with 81 of them coming on a touchdown pass from Mahoney to Etta-Tawo.  With 12:39 left in the third quarter, it was NC State 21, Syracuse 17.

Syracuse, riding high on the big play, forced the Wolfpack to punt on its next possession.  On fourth and six, Sean Riley broke through the line to block the kick, giving the Orange the ball on the NC State 17-yard line.  The Dome was rocking at this point.

The crowd quieted down soon after, as Mahoney lost three on a keeper,then missed a connection with Philips and passed for negative yardage to Etta-Tawo.  The Orange settled for another field goal from Cole Murphy, bringing Syracuse within one point of the Wolfpack at 21-20.

 

Dayes’ Day

Finley and NC State answered over the next 7:34, slicing through the Orange defense in chunks, with passes to Hines, Cherry and Harmon.  The Wolfpack mixed in some rushes from Dayes for good measure, including a 20 yard run down the right sideline for the score.

At this point, Dayes had rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He would finish with 108 yards on 27 carries.

The 14-play, 86-yard drive put NC State up 28-20.  That was the score at the end of three quarters of play.

 

Last Hope Dashed

Syracuse stumbled with another three-and-out with its next possession to start the fourth quarter.  After some inefficiency on the next few drives of the game for both teams, Syracuse appeared to be in possession to tie the game after a long ball from Mahoney to Cornelius down the right side.  A two-point conversion would do the trick. But the touchdown was called back due to an illegal blocking penalty.  You could feel that this was the key turning point in the game.

“There were some critical calls that didn’t go our way, that’s part of the game,” Babers said. “We won’t cry over spilled milk.”

 

Cherry on Top

NC State eventually put the game away with big passes to Samuels and Cherry, and a third touchdown run for Dayes from 13 yards out.

They advanced to 5-5, 2-4 in the ACC, on the year with the 35-20 victory in the Dome.  Syracuse fell to 4-6, and 2-4 in the ACC.

“That was a football game,” Babers said. “We were playing well into the fourth quarter with an opportunity to win the football game.”

 

Bowling?

The Wolfpack, now one win away from bowl eligibility, gets Miami at home next week.

NC State, after starting the season 4-1, had suffered four consecutive losses.   Aside from their loss at Louisville, the three other losses were decided by seven points or less.

“I’m very proud of the resiliency of our football team,” NCState head coach Dave Doeren said. “As you mentioned, losing four of our five games. They were able to stick together and I’m really proud of what they did today.”

Syracuse has the Florida State Seminoles coming to the Carrier Dome next Saturday.  The Orange would have to beat the #15/17 Seminoles then win at Pitt to get to six wins and a guaranteed bowl shot. The Panthers upset #3 Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday.

When Babers was asked whether Dungey will be available next week, he didn’t seem optimistic.

“It’s probably doubtful,” Babers said.

 

 

Orange Men Crush Colgate in Opener

Orange Men Crush Colgate in Opener

Story by Robert Schiff Photo courtesy cuse.com Syracuse, N.Y. – A Tyler Roberson jam 17 seconds into the game set the tone early for Coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange Men, as they rolled past Colgate in their season opener, 83-55, in front of 23,844 fans at the Carrier Dome Friday night. “It’s our first time and first […]

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Story by Robert Schiff
Photo courtesy cuse.com


Syracuse, N.Y.
 – A Tyler Roberson jam 17 seconds into the game set the tone early for Coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange Men, as they rolled past Colgate in their season opener, 83-55, in front of 23,844 fans at the Carrier Dome Friday night.

“It’s our first time and first real game. I’m happy to get it and get back to work tomorrow to work on trying to get a little better,” Boeheim said afterward.

Unusual Suspect

The 6-8 Senior from Union, N. J. averaged just under nine points per game last year, but on Friday night, Roberson dominated on the offensive end, with three dunks early in the first half. He shot 9-for-13 from the field, and finished with 18 points in just 24 minutes.

“Going to the basket, that’s where he’s effective,” Boeheim said. “He was very good. He’s a good finisher when he gets to the basket.”

“We’ve got a lot of games to go and I just really want to start playing well,” Roberson said.

Two Are Better than One

The guard play shown in two exhibition games continued to be stellar for the Orange on Friday night. Picking up where they left off on Tuesday night against LeMoyne, Frank Howard and John Gillon combined for 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, as well as 15 of the team’s 23 assists.

“It’s important for those guys to play well. It helps everybody,” Boeheim said. “That’s a lot of assists out of one position and they scored as well.”

“I’m just taking every game with what the defense gives me,” Gillon said. “If you want to back off me, I can hit the shot. If you want to get too close, I can go right by you. If I go right by you, I have great bigs and great shooters around me, so I can dish it off and kick it out. It’s about using my thought process and basketball IQ.”


Far From Perfect

Despite the 28-point win, it wasn’t a perfect performance by the Orange, especially on the boards, barely outrebounding the Raiders 46-40.
“It was a terrible rebounding night,” Boeheim said. “We have to rebound the ball better than that. That’s not good.”
Boeheim also had issues with his team’s full-court press. “It was horrendous,” he said. “It wasn’t even worth saying that we pressed them.”

This was Syracuse’s 51st straight win against Colgate. The Raiders kept it close for the first ten minutes of the game, trailing 18-15, but the Orange then went on a 12-0 run, and never looked back. Colgate shot only 26 percent from the field in the first half, going just five-for-23 from behind the arc. As for the Orange’s three-point performance, Frank Howard didn’t miss a shot, hitting three from deep, and surpassing his total of two from last season.

What’s Next
The Orange’s next test will come against Holy Cross Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. As for Colgate, the Raiders will travel to Ithaca to take on Cornell on Wednesday night.

 

Syracuse Women’s Basketball Blasts URI in Season Opener

Syracuse Women’s Basketball Blasts URI in Season Opener

Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The National Championship runner-up opened its season at the Carrier Dome with a 95-49 win over the Rhode Island Rams Friday afternoon. The Orange used its signature pressure defense and bombed away from outside on offense to run away in the second half. Leading 56-38 after three […]

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Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y.
 — The National Championship runner-up opened its season at the Carrier Dome with a 95-49 win over the Rhode Island Rams Friday afternoon.

The Orange used its signature pressure defense and bombed away from outside on offense to run away in the second half.

Leading 56-38 after three quarters, the Orange poured in 39 points in the fourth to reach the final score.

“This was a great game by our kids and a great effort,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said.

Freshman hits and misses

The Orange started the game on top. Freshman guard Gabby Cooper scored the team’s first points of the season with a three pointer.

Despite the fact that the Orange lost its best three-point scorer in Brianna Butler after last season, the team connected on 17 of its 45 three-point shots, which is the school record.

Cooper, shot at 18 of those 45 and only made four. Hillsman said he was pleased with his team’s effort, including Cooper’s. He said there’s a reason that he continued to let her shoot.

“It lets her know how much confidence I have in her,” Hillsman said.

Hillsman said he almost took Cooper out of the game but decided not to because he believed the freshman could turn it around.

Cooper said when coming into the Dome for her first game of her career she was nervous but making the first shot of the season helped her calm her nerves.

Seniors lead

Senior guard Alexis Peterson led the Orange with 28 points on offense and half a dozen steals on defense in 30 minutes playing time. Her backcourt mate, redshirt senior Brittney Sykes chipped in eleven points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Center Briana day had 16 points and eleven rebounds.

Turnovers

The three-point record wasn’t the only one set in the Carrier Dome on Friday. The women’s basketball team forced 43 turnovers.

Rams head coach, Daynia La-Force, said her players are not used to being pressured this hard.

“Tonight was a prime example of being exposed and not being disciplined the way we’re supposed to be disciplined,” La-Force said.

She said she was happy to learn these lessons early on in the season, especially since the team has just started practicing.

“Facing this type of pressure where you’re going to face every press in the book, it’s not easy to do with only 27 practices,” she said.

Second quarter

Rhode Island had the biggest chance to pull ahead in the second quarter. The Rams cut the score to 25-19 but ultimately could not overcome the pressure put on by the Orange.

The second quarter had a lot of back and fourth and it wasn’t the scoring many were expecting to see. The Rams put up a total of six points while the Orange put up eleven.

Up next

The Orange Women will be back in the Carrier Dome on Monday at 7 p.m. when they take on Siena. The Rams will host Marist on Sunday at 2 p.m.