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Pitino’s Cardinals Wallop Orange Men

February 27, 2017

Story by Brianna Adams Photos by Bridget Chavez LOUISVILLE, KY. — The KFC Yum! Center roared from tip off to the buzzer as No. 7 University of Louisville (23-6, 11-5) demolished Syracuse University (17-13, 9-8), 88-68, in the home stretch of the regular season Sunday. After Syracuse forced Louisville to overtime in the match at the […]

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Story by Brianna Adams

Photos by Bridget Chavez

LOUISVILLE, KY. — The KFC Yum! Center roared from tip off to the buzzer as No. 7 University of Louisville (23-6, 11-5) demolished Syracuse University (17-13, 9-8), 88-68, in the home stretch of the regular season Sunday.

After Syracuse forced Louisville to overtime in the match at the Carrier Dome 13 days earlier, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino’s squad adjusted and stopped any chance of Syracuse making another comeback.

“The most impressive thing about the win is we got off our feet and challenged every shot they took.” Pitino said. “We pressed. We didn’t press at Syracuse, Outside of that, Syracuse can beat anybody on a given night, and we just wanted to make sure that every shot they took was challenged.”

Louisville Defensive Attack

The press effectively killed Syracuse’s opportunities behind the arc. The team shot 27.9 percent on three-point attempts with only one coming from Andrew White III. The grad transfer has been consistent all season for the Orange but in the battle in Kentucky, the guard he managed just seven points, getting off just eight 3-point shots and connecting on just the one.

“We play him as if he has no dribble,” Pitino said. “We get up. We sit on his right hand.”

Keeping the Orange alive

John Gillon, whose last-second shot beat Duke Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, scored ten points in the game and was shut out in the first half.

“First half, if John Gillon and Andrew White don’t score, we’re not going to do much,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.

Freshman Tyus Battle (20 points) and sophomore Tyler Lydon (17 points) carried the offensive load for the Orange. In the first five minutes of the game, Syracuse struggled to score a basket with its first few points coming from free throws. It wasn’t until Battle knocked a three that momentum changed for the Orange.

A second three by Battle put Syracuse ahead 17-13 at the midway point of the first half.

But the Cardinals closed out the half on a 28-8 run and led 41-25 at halftime.

Battle and Lydon scored 23 of the 25 points the team had.

“I think we got good looks,” Battle said. “We just weren’t making them today and that’s just the game of basketball. It happens.”

The Orange never got closer than eleven in the second half and wound up losing by the largest margin it has in a league game since it joined the ACC.

 

Dominant Donovan

Sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell has been key for Louisville’s success this season. In Sunday’s match, Donovan punctured the zone immediately drilling a three for the first points of the game less than a minute in. Mitchell dominated behind the arc knocking six of ten 3-pointers against the Orange zone defense. Mitchell ended the game leading both teams in scoring with 25 points.
On the defensive end Mitchell had two key steals and five boards, helping Louisville capitalize on Syracuse’s missed opportunities.

“Great shooter, he’s improved his passing,” Pitino said. “He’s a steal machine, quite a player.”

 

Regular Season Finale 

The regular season is nearing its end for the two ACC teams. The Cardinals will next travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday to close out their games on the road with a conference match against Wake Forest (16-12, 7-9). They will then close out their regular season at home against Notre Dame (22-7, 11-5) on Saturday.

Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome for one last game against Georgia Tech (16-13, 7-9) on Saturday. The Orange are looking for redemption and a chance to bolster their NCAA tournament chances after losing 71-65 in Atlanta last week. The Yellow Jackets lost at Notre Dame, 64-60, on Sunday night.

Black Knights Beat Orange Men with Last-second Goal

February 25, 2017

Story by Ashley Moore Photos by Dontae Harris SYRACUSE, N.Y. — For the second straight game, the #6 Syracuse Orange men found themselves trailing in the second half in a game to be decided within the final seconds Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.  Unlike the last game, when the Orange pulled out a win over […]

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Story by Ashley Moore

Photos by Dontae Harris

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — For the second straight game, the #6 Syracuse Orange men found themselves trailing in the second half in a game to be decided within the final seconds Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

 Unlike the last game, when the Orange pulled out a win over Albany, Syracuse found itself on the losing end of a last second game-winning goal by Army West Point’s David Symmes.
“I had a matchup I liked and I split right-to-left,” Symmes said. “I just took the shot.”
The Black Knights celebrated and the Orange men had their first loss of the season.



Faceoff woes

Less than an hour before game time, the Syracuse Orange announced that its star faceoff specialist, Ben Williams, would not suit up to play against the Army-West Point Black Knights due to an undisclosed injury.
“Ben Williams is one of the best in the game and has really gotten after us these last couple of years,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “We had no prior knowledge of it, but we had to turn that into a strength in the first half and we certainly did.”
Fifth-year senior Cal Paduda started the game for Williams and struggled, winning just three of 13 draws and grabbing two groundballs.
Army-West Point controlled the tempo of the first half by maintaining possession of the ball. Dan Grabher won 11 of 16 faceoffs and the Black Knights scooped up five more groundballs than the Orange.

“They had some nice two-three minute possessions and sometimes the ball bounced their way so they were able to come up with some extra ground balls,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.


Change at the X

 With 12 minutes to go in the first half, Army went on a 4-0 run, lasting nearly ten minutes, sparked by back-to-back goals from senior midfielder, Matthew Donovan.
With under four minutes to go in the half, Desko replaced Paduda with freshman Danny Varello.
 After an Army goal, Varello won his first faceoff of the game to give Syracuse a chance to snap the Army streak.

Later in the possession, Stephen Rehfuss tiptoed the crease as he wrapped around the goal to go head-on with Army goalie, Aj Barretto. A Rehfuss spin move put Syracuse back on the scoreboard.

The Orange managed to score one more goal before the half, going into halftime down two.

Second Half Adjustments

 The second half started tighter than the first with Syracuse and Army exchanging goals, both scoring three in the third.
Varello and Grabher split eight faceoffs, but Army still managed to come up with more loose balls.
With just under eleven minutes to go in the game, Syracuse was charged with two penalties, one on Pat Carlin and the other on Carlo Ciferi, forcing the Orange to play down two men. The Orange managed to hold the Black Knights scoreless until both players returned to the field, resulting in monstrous applause by Syracuse fans.

Momentum swung in Syracuse’ favor after score two goals, tying up the game at 12.

Both teams managed to score within the next few minutes, turning the game into a nail biter with just two minutes left in regulation.

The Orange had the ball with a chance to go ahead but after a Sergio Salcido turnover, Army regained possession

Alberici called a timeout to draw up the final, potentially game winning play.

Starting with 38 seconds left in the game, Matt Donovan moved the ball through the X from left to right, passed it to Nate Jones, who passed it to Ted Glesener in the top right corner. Glesener moved it to Symmes, who took an unexpected game-winning shot from his left hip and scored with 0.5 seconds left in the game.
“They were answering us but I kind of looked at it like we were answering them,” Alberici said.
“One thing we knew about [Army] cming in is that they were going to be well coached and play for 60 minutes, which they did,” Desko said.

Looking Ahead

Syracuse (2-1) closes out a four-game home stretch against #7 Virginia to begin ACC play next Sunday at noon in the Carrier Dome.

Army West Point (3-1) will host Lafayette Saturday to start Patriot League play.

 

 

 

Women Roll Over UMass to Stay Unbeaten

February 25, 2017

Story and photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The #5 Syracuse Orange (4-0) remain perfect through four games after a 17-8 win over the University of Massachusetts (1-3) at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. “It’s always nice to be home in the dome and have a very well coached UMass team come in here.” […]

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Story and photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The #5 Syracuse Orange (4-0) remain perfect through four games after a 17-8 win over the University of Massachusetts (1-3) at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s always nice to be home in the dome and have a very well coached UMass team come in here.” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “They were on our elbows a lot, it was the most physical game all year.”

Gait said the physicality of the game led to more turnovers than he would have liked for SU with 25, while the Minutemen had 24.

In the tenth meeting for the teams, UMass was no match for SU in scoring. The Orange outshot the Minutemen 43-21 and controlled more draws with the help of freshman defender, Morgan Widner.

Widner continued to dominate in the draw circle. She leads the nation in draw controls per game with 13.67 but early in the second half, Gait decided to use sophomore midfielder, Julie Cross, at the draw.

Cross is Widner’s draw partner in practice and Gait wanted to give her a chance.

“We’ve been talking about getting Julie a couple draws,” he said. “We just wanted to give Morgan a chance to see where the pressure is coming from and take a break.”

The Orange women have a tough week ahead of them, playing four games in eight days. Up next they’ll host upstate rival, Albany on Monday, followed by their first road game at Northwestern on Friday before coming home to host Virginia on Sunday.

The Minutemen will head home and host Connecticut on Sunday March 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Women Roll Over Wake on Senior Night

February 24, 2017

Story and photos by Julian McKenzie SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse senior guard Alexis Peterson couldn’t help but think in the moment, and not of the game at hand, as she stepped on the Jim Boeheim Court with her parents. The Columbus, Ohio native received a commemorative plaque for her years as a talented player, scoring the […]

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Story and photos by Julian McKenzie

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse senior guard Alexis Peterson couldn’t help but think in the moment, and not of the game at hand, as she stepped on the Jim Boeheim Court with her parents. The Columbus, Ohio native received a commemorative plaque for her years as a talented player, scoring the second-most points in school history among other accolades.

“It’s amazing how fast time flies,” said Peterson. “It was definitely a bittersweet moment. ‘Ok, this is really it. I’m really here. This season is really going to end.’”

Following the opening ceremony, Peterson and her fellow teammates were all business as the #20 ranked Orange crushed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 85-64 at the Carrier Dome Thursday night. The win moves Syracuse to 19-9 on the year and a 10-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“Big night for us to get number ten,” Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We wanted to send our seniors out with a win.”

Four Orange players scored double-digit figures including Peterson, who led the way with 25 points. Center Briana Day registered her eighth double-double of the season by halftime and ended the game with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Fifth-year guard Brittney Sykes added 16 points and nine rebounds and Amsterdam-born forward Isabella Slim chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.

The lone non-senior starting player, Gabby Cooper, scored 15 points in the victory.


“It’s A Celebration”

Peterson, Sykes, Slim, both Briana and Bria Day were honored prior to the game as part of the Senior Night celebrations. Four of the five players are starters for the Orange. A sixth player, Michelle Van Dyke, who hasn’t played for the Orange since 2014-15, was also recognized.

As pre-game celebrations unfolded and led right to the opening tip-off, a small thought crept into the mind of Sykes, who has been with the team since 2012-13.

“I’m old,” the 22-year old guard said, prompting laughter from reporters. The New Jersey native redshirted what should have been her junior season after suffering a season-ending injury, resulting in 2016-17 being her fifth year with the team.

“I really did think I was old. It’s been the joke all season from the opposite coaching staff, from our own coaching staff, our teammates, the other team. It was just a long time coming, honestly. It was good to finally have that feeling of certainty that, it’s bittersweet but, it’ll be my last time in the Dome, possibly.”

Post-game, the senior players saluted the crowd and celebrated with fans before retreating to the locker room.

“It was just all smiles,” Peterson said. “I’m sad that this could be the last game, but it’s also a happy moment. It’s a celebration.”

Hillsman showed his appreciation to his seniors for their years of service for the Syracuse women’s program.

“They’ve been the best,” Coach Q said “They made me a better coach. The more they improved, the more I had to improve.”


Senior Moment

The Orange trailed for only 37 seconds Thursday, down 3-2 very early in the opening quarter. Syracuse ended the opening frame with a 27-18 lead. While the Orange scored 15 points in the second quarter, their defense held Wake Forest to 10 points and the Orange took a 42-28 lead into halftime.

Briana Day and Peterson combined to score 25 of the Orange’s 42 points. Day registered a double-double with under four minutes to go in the first half.

“I didn’t have too well of a rebounding game last game so I needed to redeem myself. I thought I did.” said Day, who had five rebounds total against Notre Dame Sunday.

 

Keeping Up The Pace

Syracuse added 19 more points in the third quarter, none more impressive than Peterson’s steal and layup. Wake Forest forward Elisa Penna made an errant pass that was stolen by Peterson before she cruised to the basket to add to the Orange lead.

Syracuse wasn’t interested in settling down after taking a 61-42 lead into the fourth, as they scored 24 points in the final quarter and continued to press Wake Forest on inbound plays and dove for loose balls.

 

Next

Syracuse has one more game left in the regular season at Pitt Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

March 1-5 will be the 2017 ACC Tournament, held in Conway, South Carolina, which precedes the NCAA tournament.

 

 

 

 

Orange Downs Duke on Gillon Buzzer Beater

February 23, 2017

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Robert Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With eleven ticks on the clock and the game tied at 75-75, Tyler Lydon corralled the Luke Kennard miss. He gave it to Tyus Battle, who held onto the ball for a few precious seconds before passing off to John Gillon, 80 feet from the […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Robert Schiff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With eleven ticks on the clock and the game tied at 75-75, Tyler Lydon corralled the Luke Kennard miss. He gave it to Tyus Battle, who held onto the ball for a few precious seconds before passing off to John Gillon, 80 feet from the basket.
“I got the rebound, looked up at the clock and saw there were about five to six seconds left and passed it off to John” Battle said.  “I made sure I ran just in case he passed it to me, but he put it up and I had a feeling it was going in. I just lost it after that. It was amazing.”

Gillon went from the far foul line up to the top of the key.  With 1.6 ticks left on the clock, he let it fly. It banked home as the buzzer went off and Syracuse beat the Blue Devils, 78-75,

Orange fans stormed the court and stayed.

“The last play, we knew we were going to get the ball and we were just going to give it to John and go,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.  “We hoped there would be a little more time, so he could go all the way, but once in a while you get lucky, and we’ll take it.”

“Congratulation to Syracuse, they’ve been in so many close games, and they’ve hit big shots,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Gillon has hit big shots.”

Dancing with the Devils

The game was back and forth for much of the night.  SU’s Taurean Thompson got the game’s first basket just over one minute in.  He scored six of the Orange’s first ten points, on his way to eleven for the game.

In what was be a recurring theme, seemingly whenever SU hit a big shot, Duke went to its clutch sophomore, Luke Kennard.  He answered Thompson’s basket with a jumper of his own.

In a little over five minutes, the Blue Devils doubled up the Orange at 12-6.  Syracuse responded with a 7-0 run, capped off with a three from Andrew White III.

 

Hell and Back

The crowd of 30,331, the largest to see an on-campus game this season, was on an ebb and flow of emotion throughout this one.  Every Orange make was followed with a huge reaction from the fans.  With every Blue Devil shot or call against the Orange, the crowd barked displeasure.  Anytime Duke’s Grayson Allen so much as touched the basketball, he was booed nearly out of the building.

Allen had a less-than stellar outing.  Duke is 24-6 when the 6’5” junior leads his team in scoring.  On this night he went 2-11 from the field, and 1-8 from deep, for eight points.

“I thought we did a good job with Allen,” Boeheim said. “Kennard has had an unbelievable year and Tatum is a great player. I thought we did a better job in the second half with them.”

 

Double Trouble

After Syracuse took the lead at 13-12 with 12:24 left in the half, Duke came right back with a Jayson Tatum three.  Tatum had a double-double at the half with 14 points and ten boards.  He finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

For the next 5:14, Duke and Syracuse went back and forth, keeping it close.  At the 7:10 mark, a Tatum layup pushed the lead to six at 23-17.  Two minutes later, Kennard hit one of his five threes, extending the lead to nine.

 

Devils’ Advocates

Syracuse scrambled to cut into the lead, but every shot the Orange made in the final five minutes of the half was met with a Duke response.

At 4:38, Gillon drilled a three-point shot to cut the lead to six.  19 seconds later, Tatum hit a jumper to push the margin back to eight.

With 2:32 remaining, Syracuse’s Tyler Roberson connected on a basket from Frank Howard, making it 28-22.  15 seconds later – Kennard buried a three, and the lead was back to nine.

Gillon managed to sneak a basket in before the half, making it 33-25 at the break. Duke’s seven offensive rebounds helped get the edge on the scoreboard.

“In the first half we were too stagnant – on offense we just weren’t really getting any movement,” Boeheim said.

Syracuse only managed 25 points in the first half.  In the second, the Orange put up 53.

 

Hot-Hand Luke

Lydon got the ball rolling with a triple at the 19:14 mark.  20 seconds later, Kennard picked up where he left off in the first half, draining one from deep.

Back-to-back Gillon layups cut the lead to 37-35 with 17:14 to go.  14 seconds later, Kennard hit from downtown.  Kennard has now connected from beyond the three-point line in 31 consecutive games.

 

Holding the Line

Throughout the next 4:52, every big make for Syracuse was met with a swift response from the Blue Devils.  The lead bounced between two and four points over that stretch, until four straight Orange free throws, including a pair from Gillon.  His 5-5 performance from the line extended his made free throw streak to 43 consecutive makes.

 

“I think we’re getting pretty comfortable playing close games,” Gillon said.  “We just keep on battling, keep on fighting. We don’t give up until we see zeros on the board.”

 

Trial By Fire

Duke responded with a Harry Giles slam and a Tatum three.  Over the next 8:50, there were five ties and eight lead changes.

With 2:00 to go, Battle nailed the jumper, tying the game at 73-73.  Amile Jefferson responded inside and drew the foul.  He hit the pair, giving Duke a 75-73 with 1:34 remaining.

After Gillon missed a layup at 1:10,  Allen grabbed the board and had the chance to extend the lead from deep with 45 seconds to go.  He couldn’t connect and seven seconds later Gillon hit a left-side jumper to tie things up at 75-75.

Duke looked to the hot hand in Kennard for a response, but he couldn’t hit the jumper. Gillon’s final heroics followed.

“I was just really one-track minded,” John Gillon said.  “I really wanted to win. We needed to win. That was my one focus.”

His buzzer beater gave Gillion 26 points and six assists on the night. And zero turnovers.

“To be able to play in this game and play against Duke, it was a dream come true,” Gillon said.. “I don’t take it for granted. I’m glad I could play like that on that stage.”

“For me it went exactly right, except the end,” Krzyzewski said.  “We are supposed to hit the shot and they were supposed to miss. We were supposed to win but they screwed up my game plan.”

 

Heaven Sent

The Dome was as loud as it’s been in a long time, and for good reason.  This was one of the great college basketball games this year, or in recent years.

“It took me a little bit to realize what had happened,” Lydon said.  “I just stood there. I was down by the paint. I kind of just looked at the basket like, ‘Thank you, Lord’. It felt really good, obviously.”

 

Cardinals Next

Syracuse improved to 17-12 (9-7 in ACC play) and again has a legitimate chance at making the NCAA tournament after the third victory over a top-ten team at home this season.

The Orange has two more games left before the ACC tournament.  The road doesn’t get any easier, as it leads to Louisville and Rick Pitino’s seventh-ranked Cardinals on Sunday. The Orange lost to Louisville in overtime in the Dome earlier this month.The Cardinals will be smarting from a pounding they took at North Carolina Wednesday night.

Duke dropped to 22-6, 10-5 in the ACC, and will travel to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes this Saturday.

 

 

Crowd Breaks Record But Irish Bust Orange Home Streak

February 19, 2017

Story by Bridget Chavez Photos by Michelle Fenelon Syracuse, N.Y — Looking to shatter more than record-breaking crowd numbers, the No, 21 Syracuse Women’s Basketball team hosted No.7 Notre Dame Sunday evening in the Carrier Dome. The Dome was packed with a record-breaking 11,021 in attendance for a women’s game but luck was on the […]

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Story by Bridget Chavez

Photos by Michelle Fenelon

Syracuse, N.Y — Looking to shatter more than record-breaking crowd numbers, the No, 21
Syracuse Women’s Basketball team hosted No.7 Notre Dame Sunday evening in the Carrier Dome. The Dome was packed with a record-breaking 11,021 in attendance for a women’s game but luck was on the Irish side as they pulled out an 85-80 win over the Orange in the final quarter. The Orange had won 18 home games in a row.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for making it happen,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said.
” Having a good crowd is a good thing for our team. I think our fans saw a good game.”


Fast start by Orange

The Orange (18-9. 9-5 ACC) got off to a fiery start as Brittney Sykes sank a three-pointer within the first fifteen seconds of the game. Alexis Peterson kept it going with an easy layup and gave Syracuse a 5-2 lead over the Irish.

“Hitting those shots definitely opened up the lanes for us,” Sykes said. “We just have to make sure that we have the will to go to the boards and crash. We just have to do a better job as a team and hold each other accountable.”

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale responded with an jumper that missed and although Kathryn Westbeld got the rebound but turned it over. Brittney Sykes and Gabby Cooper teamed up for back- to-back threes giving the Orange a nine-point lead.

Marina Mabrey hit a three for the Irish (24-3, 13-1) bringing the score 13-5. The Orange’s Gabby Cooper answered with a three pointer on an assist from Peterson.

The Orange led by as many as eleven points before Notre Dame finished the quarter strong.

Going into the second quarter, Syracuse led 30-24.

Second quarter

Both teams missed a couple of jumpers but finally a defensive rebound by Ogunbowale set up Brianna Turner for an easy layup for the Irish.

Trying to hold on to the lead, Sykes stole the ball  from Jackie Young and Briana Day got a layup for Syracuse bringing the score 32-26.

With just over one minute to play before the half, Brianna Turner added two more for the Irish off an assist from Ogunbowale. Sykes and Peterson teamed up for an added two for the Orange, leading at the half 43-35.

Peterson and Sykes are the country’s top scoring backcourt, averaging 43 points for the Orange.

Orange holds on through 3rd quarter

The second half started off with Notre Dame trying to close the gap. Brianna Turner’s layup brought the score to 43-37. Two more layups and a three tied the game at 46, but not for long. Peterson and Sykes together again for an easy layup and assist.

Young helped her team gain on the Orange with a layup but the Irish were still down 63-59.

Fourth belongs to the Irish

The Irish had a newfound momentum as they found their stride in the final quarter. opening with a 10-0 run to take the lead.

“They made adjustments and it was tough. It threw us out of our defense,” Orange center Briana Day said.

The Orange struggled to come back and with a mere 12 seconds left to play Peterson made both shots after she was fouled closing the gap 81-80. But Sykes fouled Mabrey who converted both free throws Another foul sent Turner to the line and she sank both finishing off Syracuse 85-80.

“They [Syracuse] gets better and better every year. This is a game I was really worried about,” Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw said. “I thought this might be the most important game of the year.

Next

Next up, Syracuse will take on Wake Forest in the Dome Thursday night at 7:00 and Notre Dame hosts Boston College at home in the Purcell Pavilion the same night.

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Tennis Gets Win in Home Opener

February 19, 2017

Story and photo by Andrew Leffler SYRACUSE, N. Y. — The sound of tennis balls striking nylon echoed in the Drumlins Tennis Center Saturday morning as the Syracuse Women’s Tennis Team faced the University of Buffalo in its first home match of the spring season. Syracuse was determined for a win. Coming home after four straight […]

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Story and photo by Andrew Leffler

SYRACUSE, N. Y. — The sound of tennis balls striking nylon echoed in the Drumlins Tennis Center Saturday morning as the Syracuse Women’s Tennis Team faced the University of Buffalo in its first home match of the spring season.

Syracuse was determined for a win. Coming home after four straight losses, Syracuse was a bit homesick, and Saturday’s 6-1 victory over Buffalo proved that there is no place like home.

Home Sweet Home

There was a different team out there. A team that one wouldn’t expect to have lost four straight. Head coach Younes Limam said after the match, “I think it’s always nice to get that first W at home.”

“I think that one of the biggest things for us today was winning those big points.” Despite losing one doubles match and one singles match, Limam was very pleased with his team.

“I feel like we did a tremendous job playing those big points, better than what we have done in the past, and you could see the results, like with the third set on court number 2 and on court number 5. We did a great job committing to our shots, and really doing it to the fullest.”

Line One Doubles Combines For Three Wins

Syracuse’s line one doubles team, comprised of sophomore Gabriela Knutson and freshman Miranda Ramirez led the way early on with their 6-3 win at doubles, and it didn’t stop there.

Knutson, who played line one singles, had an easy 6-2, 6-0 win against Buffalo’s Tanja Stojanovska.

Ramirez, who is the newest member of the women’s team, made a statement in her first ever Syracuse home match, defeating Chantal Martinez-Blanco, 6-0, 6-3. at line two singles. Ramirez was more than pleased with her play. Her composure was evident, as she was in complete control all match, and all day long.

“I thought it was a great match,” she said afterwards. “I thought I played really well, very happy with the result and the whole team won, so that made my day. Absolutely love it. The atmosphere is amazing. This is my first home match, so I really loved it.”

Like a chess match, Ramirez was always one step ahead of her opponent.

“I think that from the back I was very solid. I had a lot of big shots and I was also opening up angles, which I thought helped me out a lot today. I was able to tell where she was going, where she expected the ball to go and try and hit the opposite way.”

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

Syracuse had a great start to its home stand. The win against Buffalo was a strong start for the women, as they look to finish even stronger Sunday when they face Brown.

Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse Sweeps Doubleheader

February 18, 2017

Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange women picked up where they left off Saturday afternoon when they jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the first half Saturday night. The Orange (3-0) kept the lead throughout the game, defeating the Binghamton Bearcats (0-2) 16-5 to remain unbeaten and […]

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Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange women picked up where they left off Saturday afternoon when they jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the first half Saturday night.

The Orange (3-0) kept the lead throughout the game, defeating the Binghamton Bearcats (0-2) 16-5 to remain unbeaten and complete a day/night doubleheader sweep after downing Canisius 18-6 in the opener.

Double header affect

The Orange offense did not let the fact that the team played just hours before be an excuse to let up on scoring. Over the course of their first three games this season, it has scored 52 points.

Eleven Syracuse players contributed to the team’s 16 points by recording goals. There was also one hat trick on the night by junior midfielder, Kelzi Van Atta.

Coach Gary Gait said he was proud of his team executing, especially since it had played earlier in the day.

“They’re working on getting better every day,” he said. “You can tell they’re probably getting a little bit tired but they still executed pretty well and put the ball in the back.”

Freshman defender, Morgan Widner said although it is exhausting, she enjoys doubleheaders.

“It’s honestly such an amazing experience, we were talking about it in the locker room today. A lot of other teams in the NCAA don’t get the opportunity to play two teams in one day so it’s just a good opportunity to play two different teams, two different styles, get some more lacrosse under our belt.”

Widner was very successful at the draw in both games, winning 14 of 22 against Binghamton. She credits her teammates and coach on her success.

“How great they [teammates] are at boxing out on the circle gives me that open opportunity to get it myself and also Gary and I work a lot on a certain technique that just allows us to get it,” she said.

Bearcats fall short

Binghamton was quiet most of the game, but did go on a run scoring three goals late in the second half of the game, gaining a little momentum.

Gait didn’t seem worried about the Bearcats’ run.

“This is a great opportunity here when you’re up by 7, 8, 9 goals, you’re gonna let your other players play and get some game experience,” he said. “And that’s kind of why we do these doubleheaders to get everybody in the game and let every staying body play.”

Up next

The Bearcats will look for their first win of the season at Colgate on Wednesday at 5 p.m. while the Orange will host Massachusetts on Saturday at 4 p.m. in hopes of staying perfect.

Lacrosse: Orange Men Catch Great Danes

February 18, 2017

Story by Jacqueline Mundry Photos by Dontae Harris  SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With the amount of purple in the stands and cheers for the Great Danes, many would believe this game was played at the University of Albany. That wasn’t the case as the #6 Syracuse Orange (2-0) hosted the #12 Albany Great Danes (0-1)in men’s lacrosse […]

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Story by Jacqueline Mundry

Photos by Dontae Harris 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With the amount of purple in the stands and cheers for the Great Danes, many would believe this game was played at the University of Albany. That wasn’t the case as the #6 Syracuse Orange (2-0) hosted the #12 Albany Great Danes (0-1)in men’s lacrosse on Saturday afternoon.

A game that started out with Great Dane domination, ended up being a thriller as the Orange took down the Great Danes 10-9 with a goal from senior midfielder Nick Mariano with two seconds left in the game to give Syracuse the win.

“I mean honestly I wasn’t listening in the huddle,” Mariano admitted with a laugh, “until the last five seconds coach said I was gonna come off a pick, I knew what we were doing.”

All Albany

The Great Danes took the early lead and continued to score, leading the Orange 6-1 in the second period.

The Great Danes were also dominant on defense in the first half, causing five turnovers and capitalizing on ground balls.

The Albany domination slowed down in the third period, giving the Orange an opportunity to score four goals to take its first lead of the game.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t think it was much of what they were doing, they didn’t really change much of their defense,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said of being shut out in the third period.

“Maybe a little bit of our youth came out, maybe inexperience, you could look at it a bunch of different ways but we just didn’t execute what had worked in the first two quarters,” senior attack Bennett Drake said.

Albany got the momentum back after that and tied the game up at 7. This was the beginning of the back-and-forth battle between the two teams that ended with Mariano’s clutch shot.

Looking for a comeback

The Orange went into halftime trailing by three and head coach John Desko told his team, “we got 30 minutes to go,” he said. “Didn’t need it to happen all at once we just had to go out, roll up our sleeves and get back to work.”

The first half may have been all Albany but in the third period it was Syracuse’s game. The Orange won five of six face-offs and redshirt senior goalkeeper, Evan Molloy, had three saves.

“To come out on top against a good lacrosse team like this, in such a close game is going to be a good learning experience for our group,” Desko said. “To have to fight and come back against a hot goaltender was a good exercise for us.”

Up next

After a tough loss, Marr said the Great Danes are looking ahead.

“We don’t dwell on losses or wins, the games over, we accept the outcome and now we’re focused on Drexel,” he said.

The Great Danes will look to get their first win of the season when they visit Drexel on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Orange will host Army West Point on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome.

Orange Women Roll Over Canisius in Twin-bill Opener

February 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinals Survive Orange Men in OT, 76-72

February 14, 2017

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

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Jon Cerio 

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

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

Ice Cold From Deep

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

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

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


Playing Catch Up

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

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

Down to the Wire

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

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

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

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

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

Surprising Star in OT

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

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

Off Night for White

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

Final Four

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sykes Hits Career High as Orange Women Pound Tar Heels

February 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

Starting strong

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

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

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

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

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

Putting down the throttle

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

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

Size matters

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

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

One final dagger

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

What’s next

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

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

Orange Men Whip Siena in Season Opener

February 12, 2017

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

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

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

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


In The Beginning, We Had A Game

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

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

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

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

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

And Then The Story Was One-Sided

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

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

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

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

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

A Little Look Ahead

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

Orange Women begin with blowout win

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

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

Orange Women Soar Over Eagles

February 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Glimmer of Hope for BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stepping up for the Orange

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

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

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

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

Up Next

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

Orange Men Roar Back, Knock Off No. 9 Virginia

February 4, 2017

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

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Photos by Kelsey Snider

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

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

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

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

Cavaliers First Half Dominance

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

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

Deja Vu

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

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

Fast forward to Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monumental Win

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

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

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

Fear the Man Bun

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

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

 

Looking Ahead

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

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

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

 

 

Orange Roars Out Then Hangs On to Upset Florida State

January 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

 

Upset Alert

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

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

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

A Tale of Two Halves

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

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

Down the Stretch

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

Coming in Clutch

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

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

Next Up

 

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

 

White, Thompson Lead as Orange Holds Off Demon Deacons

January 25, 2017

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

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Ashley Moore

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

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

White Hot

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

Thompson Takeover

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

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

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

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

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

Tale of Two Halves

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

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

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

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

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

Orange Women Blow Out No. 14 ‘Canes

January 22, 2017

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

January 21, 2017

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

January 17, 2017

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.