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Tirico Collects Marty Glickman Award in Campus Ceremony

Tirico Collects Marty Glickman Award in Campus Ceremony

November 15, 2017

Story by Zach Staton Photos by Kristin O’Grady Syracuse, N.Y. – When Mike Tirico is behind a microphone calling a Notre Dame football game for NBC or hosting Football Night in America, he usually has a tremendous amount of notes prepared, ready to deliver any information at a moment’s notice. That was not the case Tuesday night […]

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Story by Zach Staton

Photos by Kristin O’Grady

Syracuse, N.Y. – When Mike Tirico is behind a microphone calling a Notre Dame football game for NBC or hosting Football Night in America, he usually has a tremendous amount of notes prepared, ready to deliver any information at a moment’s notice.

That was not the case Tuesday night when he accepted the Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media.

“I sat next to Beth (Mowins) and pulled out a notecard and said, ‘Beth, look what I’ve prepared,'” Tirico told the audience in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School during his acceptance speech.

“Nothing. That flies in the face of what I’m supposed to do, but I wanted this to be from the heart.”

Honoring Marty Glickman

Tirico, who graduated from Syracuse in 1988, is the fifth person to receive the award, joining Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Beth Mowins, and Sean McDonough. The award is named after Marty Glickman, an Olympian and 1939 alumnus who later became a trailblazer as a sports announcer. He is credited with being the person who started the long line of successful sports media professionals who attended Syracuse.

“It means a lot because of who Marty was and what he represent, and the standard he set.” Tirico said. “I came here because of Bob (Costas) and Marv (Albert). And they came here because of Marty.”

Albert, a Glickman protégé, said his mentor would be proud of Tirico.

“One of the things I admired about Marty was his ability to broadcast a variety of sports in any role,” Albert said in a pre-taped message shown during the ceremony. “I see those same qualities in Mike Tirico.”

Tirico’s Résumé

Tirico’s career has spanned more than 30 years, starting in Syracuse a rerporter and then sports director at WTVH-TV while serving as the play-by-play voice for SU football, basketball, lacrosse, and volleyball.  He then moved on to ESPN, where he spent the next 25 years in various roles, including the voice of Monday Night Football for nine seasons.  He also broadcaste events such as The Open, The Masters, FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, and tennis’ U.S. Open.

In July 2016, he made the move to NBC Sports Group, where he is now the voice of Notre Dame Football and NBC’s broadcasts of Thursday Night Football and the on-site host forFootball Night in America and Sunday Night Football.  In 2018, he will become the primetime host for the Olympics, a position previously held by Costas, starting with the winter games held in PyeongChang, South Korea.  After such a long stint with ESPN, Tirico said he didn’t know what to expect from the transition to a new company.

“Whenever you’re someplace for a long time, people respect you professionally, but they don’t know you personally,” Tirico said. “These guys and gals have opened up their family to me and made me feel like I’ve been there forever.”

A Friendship Comes Full Circle

McDonough, last year’s recipient, presented the award.  He took over the play-by-play duties for Monday Night Football when Tirico left for NBC.  He kept McDonough informed on his possible move to a new company, hinting that it could lead to a promotion for McDonough.

“He said, ‘I think if I leave and go to NBC, they’re going to give you Monday Night Football,'” McDonough said during his presentation speech. “I said, ‘Well if that’s the case, as your friend, you absolutely must go.'”

Moving seemed to be a theme in the pair’s friendship. Right after graduating in May 1984, McDonough took his first job in Boston.  The staff at WAER, the university-licensed radio station where McDonough worked during his time at Syracuse, decided to help him move to his new apartment.  Part of the moving crew: Mike Tirico, a freshman who started in September 1984.

“I never met the guy,” Tirico recalled. “When you’ve helped somebody move their couch out of their college apartment to go someplace else, then you know it’s a good start to a friendship.”

Reunion for Monday Night Football Announcers

Tuesday night’s ceremony also marked the first time that all three of Tirico, McDonough, and Mowins had been together since Mowins became the first female to announce Monday Night Football.  When she learned the news she would be on the call for the second game of ESPN’s doubleheader, the first people she contacted were in Tirico and McDonough.

“They were together on the golf course with Al Michaels,” Mowins said. “So they told me, ‘Oh there’s no pressure. There’s no big shoes to fill.'”

Their advice to Mowins was simple: “Be yourself.” The fact that three Newhouse graduates were following each other in the booth was something all three took seriously.

“We realize we are ambassadors for the University in some fashion when we’re out there,” McDonough said. “It’s a responsibility we cherish and take very seriously.”

The Tirico-Mowins Connection

Tirico called Mowins the “premier glass-ceiling breaker in this business of all-time.” However, it was an indirect tie that Tirico said will always leave him indebted to Mowins.

“Beth’s scholarship to play basketball at Syracuse was probably taken by my wife,” Tirico said. “If not for Beth going to Lafayette, I never would have met my wife.”

Perhaps the unknown sacrifice came to provide Mowins with good karma later on. Before Mowins went to work for ESPN, she interned at WTVH-TV whileTirico was there. She remembered the experience helped her see how to prepare for broadcasts and how to work with others in the business.

“It was the basis of my knowledge and my jumping off point into the industry,” Mowins said.  “I got a glimpse at how the right way to do things were.”

Battle Leads Orange Men Over Iona

Battle Leads Orange Men Over Iona

November 15, 2017

Story and photos by Peyton Zeigler SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sophomore Tyus Battle led the Syracuse Orange to victory against the Iona Gaels 71-62 at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. He finished with a career-high 28 points along with five rebounds and three assists. “We got a lot of work to do,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. […]

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Story and photos by Peyton Zeigler

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sophomore Tyus Battle led the Syracuse Orange to victory against the Iona Gaels 71-62 at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. He finished with a career-high 28 points along with five rebounds and three assists.

“We got a lot of work to do,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They’re fighting. I see improvement.”

Coming off a season-opening win against Cornell, Syracuse (2-0) struggled against the matchup defense by Iona (0-2). Boeheim gave credit to Iona, who made the NCAA tournament last year.

“I think they’ve got a really good team,” he said. “They forced us into some turnovers that we can’t make.”

This win could shape the Orange as a tournament team, even though it was not projected as such in the preseason.

Career Night for Battle

Eleven of Battle’s career-high 28 points came in the last eight minutes of the game. His previous high was 23 against Virginia last season. This effort did not go unnoticed by his teammates.

“I feel like he can [get hot] any time he wants,” freshman forward Oshae Brissett said. “That’s someone that we want taking those last shots and giving us easy points on the board, because that’s what he can do.”

Battle said he felt more confident during the game. When Iona started to inch back within a few points, he just wanted to make something happen.

“I live for stuff like this,” Battle said. “Just trying to be aggressive and will the team to a win.”

He also mentioned the offensive rebounds made by Marek Dolezaj late in the game.

“It was just a good team effort all around. I think it was a good win for us.”


Three-point Shootout

The Gaels are known for being a three-point shooting team, and they didn’t stray from their usual game plan tonight. They shot 32 three-pointers and 31.3 percent led by junior guard Ricky McGill. McGill was 5 for 9.  He was the most productive in three-point range and finished with 21 points.

Syracuse shot 33.percent from beyond the arc. Junior Frank Howard, Battle and Brissett each finished with two threes.

What’s Ahead

Syracuse hosts Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Carrier Dome to begin the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Texas Southern (1-1) is coming off an overtime win at Washington State. The Tigers play Thursday at Ohio State.

Demon Deacons Blow Out Orange in Second Half

Demon Deacons Blow Out Orange in Second Half

November 14, 2017

Syracuse, N.Y. – Coming into Saturday, Syracuse had the best third down defense in the nation, allowing opponents to convert just 22 percent of their third downs. Saturday was a completely different story. Wake Forest amassed 734 yards of total offense and converted 50 percent of its third downs as the Demon Deacons hammered the Orange […]

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Syracuse, N.Y. – Coming into Saturday, Syracuse had the best third down defense in the nation, allowing opponents to convert just 22 percent of their third downs.

Saturday was a completely different story.

Wake Forest amassed 734 yards of total offense and converted 50 percent of its third downs as the Demon Deacons hammered the Orange in front of 38,539 fans in the Carrier Dome, 64-43. Syracuse surrendered 40 second half points, including 24 unanswered to end the game.

“We know that we have to do a lot better,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said at the postgame press conference. “Our effort needs to be a lot better than the way we played out there today.”

A New Quarterback for Syracuse

Zack Mahoney made his first start of the season at quarterback in place of Eric Dungey, who injured his foot in last week’s loss at Florida State.  Dungey finished the game against the Seminoles and was listed as questionable on the injury report.  He threw a few warm-up passes prior to the game and was fully dressed in the first half, but the decision to go with Mahoney was made at the last minute.

“I found out that I was starting 14 minutes before kickoff,” Mahoney told reporters after the game. “Preparation-wise nothing really changed for me.”

The graduate student quarterback finished the day with 384 passing yards and three touchdowns.  However, he threw two interceptions in crucial moments.  With nine minutes left in the game and Syracuse driving in Wake Forest territory, down 47-43, Mahoney was picked by Demon Deacons linebacker Jaboree Williams, who returned it 52 yards to the Syracuse 20. Wake scored five plays later to make it 54-43.

His second interception, again with Syracuse in opponent territory and down 57-43, with four minutes to go virtually ended the Orange’s hopes for a comeback.

“I thought Zack battled with his skill sets out there to the best of his abilities,” Babers said.

Whether Dungey will return next game is still up in the air.

“We want to make sure that he can defend himself,” Babers said. “We all want him to play, but he is somebody else’s son.”

Wolford Puts on a Show

Syracuse had a great deal of trouble trying to contain Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford.  The senior put on a balanced attack that left defenders guessing what the would do on run-pass options.  He finished the game with a video game-like stat line: 25-38, 363 yards passing, and 3 TDs, all of which were thrown to senior tight end Cam Serigne, who had a career day with seven receptions for 119 yards. Wolford also carried the ball 19 times, collecting 136 yards and scoring three more times.

“He was very decisive in doing things that he was doing,” Syracuse senior linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “Whether it was pulling the ball out and getting yards for himself or making good throws down the field, I just think he stepped his game up.”

His final touchdown run, a 29-yarder on fourth down, put the Demon Deacons up for good.  It is the first time the Jacksonville, Fla. native has thrown for over 300 yards while rushing for more than 100 in a game.

His performance reminded Babers of another quarterback’s stellar play against his defense.

“When’s the last time a quarterback has played like that against us?  Probably the guy we’re about to play next,” Babers said.

The guy they play next?  Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

First Half Momentum Unsustainable for Orange

Both offenses got off to hot starts in the first half.  Wake Forest scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions in the first quarter, with drives spanning 73, 80, and 75 yards.  Syracuse scored two touchdowns after each of the Demon Deacons’ first two to make it 14-14 before Wake Forest scored a third time in a row to make it 21-14.

Not to be outdone, Syracuse put 24 straight points on the board, including three touchdowns, to make the score 38-21.  Wake Forest added a field goal as the first half ended to make it a 38-24 Syracuse advantage at the break.

The two teams combined for 762 total yards in the first half.

Syracuse did not score another touchdown the rest of the way.  Mahoney completed just 11 of his 25 second half passes, and the offense sputtered down the stretch.

“Wake played a great second half,” Mahoney said. “They did a lot and they had a great scheme to not let us get as many big plays as we did in the first half.”

Backs Against the Wall

With the victory, Wake Forest moved to 6-4 on the year, securing bowl eligibility in consecutive seasons.

Meanwhile, Syracuse dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in ACC play.  Since the 27-24 upset of the second-ranked Clemson Tigers, the Orange has lost three straight games. With just two contests left in the season, the Orange must now win out to reach a bowl game for the first time since the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl.

“It’s do or die time,” Franklin said. “Moving forward to next week, we have a sense of urgency at an all-time high. We have to find a way to get a win.”

Murphy Writes Name in Record Books

Syracuse senior kicker Cole Murphy made two field goals against Wake Forest, the second placing his name atop the SU list of career field goals made with 58.  He’s already notched a career high in field goals made this season with 19.

Murphy has had issues with accuracy the past two weeks.  Against FSU, he missed two field goals, the second of which would have sent the game to overtime.  He also missed a pair of kicks against Wake Forest in Saturday’s contest.

A First Time For Everything

With just 1:08 remaining in the first quarter, Wolford hit Serigne for a 19-yard touchdown pass, making the score 41-40 in favor of Syracuse.  Most wrote it off as a newly tied game, but that’s why they attempt the extra point.

Kayton Samuels got a hand up and blocked Mike Weaver’s PAT attempt.  It was picked up by Syracuse cornerback Scoop Bradshaw, who proceeded to run it all the way back for a two-point conversion.  While there is no official yard distance attached to Bradshaw’s return, he picked the ball up at the 10-yard line and ran it back 90 yards.

Per Syracuse Athletics, the return is the first defensive PAT return for the Orange. It is an unorthodox way for Bradshaw to appear in the football program’s history books, but an honor he’ll take.

Military Appreciation Day
On Veterans Day weekend, the football program took time to pay tribute to those who have served and are serving the country.  During pregame ceremonies, those who committed to serve in a branch of the military took their respective oaths of enlistment.  Additionally, the Orange named Maj. General Walter E. Piatt and CSM Samuel J. Roark, who are stationed at Fort Drum, honorary captains.

After the first quarter, Mike Chemotti, a Syracuse University alum and former walk-on football player who served during World War II, was honored as the “Hometown Hero.”  He was joined by junior wide receiver Ben Brickman, a walk-on himself who served four years in the Marines and completed two tours in Afghanistan.

The Orange wore all gray uniforms in honor of Military Appreciation Day.  The team also wore helmets with a special decal on the sides of the 44 tomahawk logo in camouflage.

Up Next

The Orange travels
to Papa John’s Stadium next Saturday for a 3:30 game with the Louisville Cardinals.  The game will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Syracuse wraps up the regular season on November 25 when Boston College comes to the Carrier Dome.

Orange Men Use Strong Second Half to Take Care of Owls

Orange Men Use Strong Second Half to Take Care of Owls

November 7, 2017

Story by Jude Allume Photos by Dominique Patrick SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  The Syracuse Orange blew out the Southern Connecticut State University Owls despite a slow start, 84-59 at the Carrier Dome in its final exhibition game, Monday night at the Carrier Dome. It was the second straight blowout victory against a division II opponent for the Orange, but also the second […]

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Story by Jude Allume

Photos by Dominique Patrick

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  The Syracuse Orange blew out the Southern Connecticut State University Owls despite a slow start, 84-59 at the Carrier Dome in its final exhibition game, Monday night at the Carrier Dome.

It was the second straight blowout victory against a division II opponent for the Orange, but also the second straight game the offense was out of sync to start off, as the Orange trailed for the entire first half.



Owls Come Out Strong


Southern Connecticut came out the locker rooms with more energy to start the game, collecting five offensive rebounds and forcing three turnovers as they jumped out to an early 11-0 lead.

“It’s effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Sometimes with young guys they don’t understand the level of intensity that you have to play with. It takes a little while, we have to learn that pretty quickly.”

It wasn’t until more than four minutes had already gone by that the Orange scored its first points of the game, when Oshae Brissett gathered a missed three-pointer by Tyus Battle and laid it in for the bucket and a foul.

The Owls wouldn’t let up, however, as they built their lead to 15 points with the score at 27-12 and just over five minutes left to play in the first half.

Junior guard Isaiah McLeod led the way for the Owls, with 10 first-half points.

Defense Sets The Tone


With the offense failing to consistently score, Syracuse switched to its full court press defense hoping it would spark the offense as it did in the last game for the Orange.

“We couldn’t score,” Boeheim said. “So we might as well try and get a turnover, see if we can get something that way, that would help.”

While the defense was effective, it didn’t provide the spark on offense Syracuse was looking for. The Orange forced 20 turnovers on the night, but only converted them into ten points.

The Orange also blocked 11 shots for the game, led by freshman Bourama Sidibe with five.

A Tale of Two Halves


Syracuse didn’t do anything well in the first half and trailed the Owls in almost every statistical category, with Boeheim taking notice of rebounding in particular.

“We just didn’t make hustle plays.” Boeheim said. “We didn’t rebound and when that happens and you’re not working at this game, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”

In the second half, Syracuse came out a different team. The Orange built on the momentum at the end of the first when SU finished on a 9-0 run. The Orange started the second half on a 14-3 run to overtake the lead and never looked back as the rout was on.

Syracuse more than doubled its first half point total of 24, scoring 60 in the second half on a much in improved 57-percent shooting from the field.

Top Performers

It was a rough night shooting the ball for sophomore guard Tyus Battle. He shot just 26 percent from the field on 4 of 15 shooting.

“I was just missing shots,” Battle said. “I just gotta keep on shooting the ball, stop taking as many threes and start trying to take the ball to the basket and get to the foul line. The shots not gonna fall every night.”

Battle still led the Orange in scoring with 20 points thanks to a solid night at the free throw line where he went 10 for 10.

Junior guard Frank Howard finished second in scoring for the game with 19 points for the Orange.

Isaiah Mcleod paced the Owls with 18 points before fouling out.

The Season Begins

The Orange will kick off the regular season this Friday at the Carrier Dome against Cornell University at 7 p.m..

Jim Boeheim’ son Jimmy is expected to make his debut in the game starting at forward for Cornell.

The Owls’ next game will also be their season opener on Wednesday Nov.15 against the College of Saint Rose.

Syracuse Falls Short in Tallahassee Thriller

Syracuse Falls Short in Tallahassee Thriller

November 5, 2017

Story By Jonathan Singh  Photos By Tommy Farrell    Tallahassee, Fla. –  In a game that came down to the final seconds of regulation, the Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3 ACC) fell short once again on the road. Cole Murphy’s 43-yard, game tying field goal attempt, with six seconds left, was wide left. The Florida State Seminoles (3-5, […]

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Story By Jonathan Singh 

Photos By Tommy Farrell 

 

Tallahassee, Fla. –  In a game that came down to the final seconds of regulation, the Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3 ACC) fell short once again on the road. Cole Murphy’s 43-yard, game tying field goal attempt, with six seconds left, was wide left.

The Florida State Seminoles (3-5, 3-4 ACC) picked up a much needed win over the Orange. Dino Babers and company, continue winless on the road in a season where the ‘Cuse hasn’t been able to pick up a victory outside of the “Loud House.” 

Dungey Down, Seminoles Strike 

Eric Dungey was the story of the first quarter for the Orange. The junior lasted one drive as it was capped off by a Derwin James interception.

This was the start the struggling Seminoles were looking for. Dungey did not return for the rest of the quarter as he walked his way into the Syracuse locker room under his own power, limping on his right foot.

Senior Zach Mahoney would step in under center for the remainder of the quarter until Dungey returned from the locker room.

“I am not going to talk about the injury but he did a fantastic job on coming back and battling. Obviously he wasn’t 100 percent but he was out there giving us his arm and giving him his leadership, and giving us his decisions making skills. He did a fantastic job.” Babers said.

Across the field it would be Florida State’s James Blackman finding Nyqwan Murray for a 51-yard strike into the end zone, giving the Seminoles an early 7-0 lead following a Ricky Aguayo extra point.

The FSU defense would take advantage of Mahoney the next two possessions, harassing him in the pocket, keeping the Orange off the scoreboard for the remainder of the quarter.

 

Akers Adds a Couple, Orange Respond

Cam Akers tailed for two scores for the Seminoles in the second quarter. A 54-yard touchdown run with 13:38 remaining in the first half was the longest of the freshman’s career, until he broke off a 63-yard run later in the second quarter.

“I think good backs, you’ve got to tackle them. I think one good run Peanut Butter (Parris Bennett) missed a tackle. Good runners make tacklers miss, and they got big plays. I think we did a better job of tackling in the second half.” Babers said.

Akers finished the half with 159 yards on the ground.

Syracuse would rally back off the limping foot of Dungey. A 47-yard strike to Jamal Custis would cut the score in half. A few possessions later, Dungey fired a 34-yard pass to Steve Ishmael to send the Orange into the locker room trailing 21-14.

 

Kickers Duel 

The scoring in the third quarter would come off the legs of Cole Murphy and Ricky Aguayo. Murphy made it a four-point game with a field goal from 42-yards out cutting the lead to 21-17.

On the other end Aguayo nailed a crucial field goal from 49-yards to conclude the second half padding the Seminoles lead to 24-17.

 

A Late Rally Ends Wide Left

In a quarter filled with strong defense for both teams, it would be the final three minutes of the contest that had the fans on the edge of their seats.

Dungey rallied the Orange to a 14-play 75-yard drive, which resulted in a 3-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone, cutting the score to 27-24.

Babers elected to onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. The choppy kick was recovered by Derwin James, setting the Seminoles up with great field position at midfield. Syracuse’s defense would come up strong and force a punt later that drive.

“I said wait a minute, let’s see if we can get them with an onside kick. I know the percentages are low.” Babers said.

Dungey and the offense took the field with 1:23 remaining in the game with the ball at their own 18-yard line. After a couple of quick strikes to Steve Ishmael, Syracuse was able to drive down field spotting the ball at the Seminole 25-yard line. It would be the final six seconds remaining in regulation that would set up a Cole Murphy potential game tying kick.

The snap was good, the hold was great and the kick was wide. Murphy shanked the kick wide left from 43-yards out as Florida State stormed the field with the joy of victory. The Orange remained on the sidelines after coming up short yet again on the road.

 

Back To The Dome 

Syracuse heads home to host Wake Forest November 11th as they look to make a push for a Bowl Game. The Orange need to win two of their next three games if they want to find themselves playing in the post season.

The schedule does not get easier for Dino Babers and the Orange as they then head down to Louisville to take on Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals.

The final regular season game will conclude when Boston College comes to the Dome, in a game which can potentially determine their season.

 

Orange Ease Past Southern New Hampshire

Orange Ease Past Southern New Hampshire

November 5, 2017

Story by Peter Benson Photos by Ivan Traczuk   SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse men’s basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night, with an easy 84-54 victory against Southern New Hampshire. The visiting Penmen came out strong, but after the Orange shook off some early-season rust, they never looked back. Head […]

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Story by Peter Benson

Photos by Ivan Traczuk

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse men’s basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night, with an easy 84-54 victory against Southern New Hampshire.

The visiting Penmen came out strong, but after the Orange shook off some early-season rust, they never looked back. Head Coach Jim Boeheim was pleased with the effort in the first outing of the year. “Overall, it was a good first step,” Boeheim said.

Inside Out

Everything worked inside out. Center Paschal Chukwu and forward Bourama Sidibe rotated as rim protector at the five spot, and their presence forced Southern New Hampshire to take outside shots.

With the Penmen out on the perimeter, Syracuse’s depth at the guard spot proved too much. The majority of minutes went to starters Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, the two guards stopping the players opposite them, Chris Walters and Charlie Russo.

Any time Southern New Hampshire did venture inside, they found the rim protection lurking. Syracuse recorded an astonishing 16 blocks with Chukwu and Sidibe grabbing six each.

“It’s something we work on in practice,” Chukwu said.

“We hadn’t blocked that many shots in a long time,” Boeheim added. “These two guys are pretty good shot blockers.”

 

Local Boy

Southern New Hampshire’s Charlie Russo had a disappointing performance. The Syracuse local shot just 1-10 before hitting three straight in the final three minutes.

Russo interned in the Syracuse basketball office and was an integral reason the two teams organized an exhibition game against each other.

 

Offensive Movement

Early in the first half, most of the offense went through Battle. As Syracuse was shaking off the offseason rust, the sophomore helped ignite the offense with an early surge of 11 points in the first 10 minutes.

It didn’t take long for the Orange to begin to move the ball on offense, getting other players involved. Oshae Brissett finished with 17 points and 11 boards while Frank Howard, Howard Washington and Bourama Sidibe all finished with double digit points.

 

Exhibition Game

Syracuse returned only one starter this season — Battle — and will be forced to navigate the ACC with a roster that hasn’t played a lot of minutes together.  Exhibition games are important to the players trying to get a feel for each other ahead of the regular season.

“With these guys, it makes a big difference,” Boeheim said.

In a game where there was very little in the way of flashiness — a Tyus Battle dunk early in the first half and the blocks — coach was still happy to get the win.

“I think there were a lot of positives,” Boeheim said. “This was a good first effort.”

 

Up Next

The Orange have another exhibition against Southern Connecticut State on Monday, Nov. 6 before their regular season tips off against Cornell on Friday, Nov.10 at the Carrier Dome.

 

Hurricanes Hold Off Orange in Miami

Hurricanes Hold Off Orange in Miami

October 23, 2017

Story by Monica Ortiz Photos by Peyton Zeigler Miami Gardens, Fla. —  Despite a late game surge, Syracuse fell to No. 8  Miami Hurricanes on a sloppy field at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. After beating the defending national champion Clemson Tigers eight days earlier Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) faced another top-ten opponent; this time on the […]

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Story by Monica Ortiz

Photos by Peyton Zeigler

Miami Gardens, Fla. —  Despite a late game surge, Syracuse fell to No. 8  Miami Hurricanes on a sloppy field at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday.
After beating the defending national champion Clemson Tigers eight days earlier Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) faced another top-ten opponent; this time on the road and came up just short, losing 27-19.
The SU defense and place kicker Cole Murphy kept Syracuse in the game as Orange quarterback Eric Dungey threw four interceptions and was consistently pummeled by the Miami defense.
“The defense played a great game; offensively we have to help them out,” Dungey said. “But Miami is a great team. Bruises will heal but I just want to win.”
 
The Difference 

The Orange offense struggled to keep the ball in the first half. In addition to Dungey’s four interceptions Miami forced two punts.  Dungey kept it from potentially becoming worse as, after the first  interception he ripped the ball away from the Miami defender Demetrius Johnson, allowing Syracuse to keep the ball with a new set of downs. But that ended in a punt and Miami drove from its own 25-yard line to the Syracuse one before the Orange defense stuffed the Hurricanes, forcing them to take a chip shot field goal and a 3-0 lead.

That’s how it stood as the first quarter ended but Miami (6-0, 4-0 ACC) was driving and finished it off with a 10-yard pass from Malik Rosier, Jr. to tight end Chris Herndon and a 10-0 lead.

Dungey was picked off again and while the defense held Miami to a 39-yard field goal with 10:41 left in the second quarter Miami was up 13-0.

Syracuse drove but when Steve Ishmael was injured as he tried unsuccessfully to hold onto a pass in the end zone, the Orange turned to Murphy, who delivered a 22-yard field goal giving Syracuse a glimpse of hope, trailing 13-3 at the half.

Third quarter

Syracuse stopped Miami’s opening possession and drove to the Hurricanes’ 22-yard line, but passes to Irv Phillips and Steve Ishamel went incomplete and on fourth and five Murphy hit a 40-yard field goal, making it 13-6.

After an exchange of punts, the ‘Canes struck again after Braxton Berrios returned Sterling Hofrichter punt to the UM 47. Two-plays later, Rosier hit Jeff Thomas for a 48-yard touchdown and after the extra point Miami led 20-6.

Syracuse responded with its only touchdown with a six-play, 65-yard drive featuring runs by Dungey of 28 and 14 yards, and capped by a 15-yard burst by Moe Neal into the end zone. Murphy’s kick was good and it was 20-13 in favor of Miami. Twice in the game Dungey tried to hurdle would-be tacklers, crashing into them full-bore.

 

Fourth quarter: a one-point game

The Syracuse defense stopped Miami and the Orange drove for another Murphy field goal, this one from 45 yards. Miami led 20-16.

The Miami drive stalled after two first downs and Syracuse got the ball back and drove again.

This time the ‘Canes stopped the Orange at the UM 35 and Murphy came back on to the muddy, sloppy field again, this time to try one from 53 yards out.

And hit.

 

And then

 Miami immediately answered with a touchdown on a nine-play, 85-yard drive, but it was still a one-possession game at 27-19.

On the next drive for the Orange, Dungey connected to Devin Butler for 22 yards, giving Syracuse a first down. But on the last SU series, a fourth-down pass to Irv Phillips along the right sideline was ruled incomplete and was short of the first down marker anyway. That put Miami in victory formation to run out the clock.

“We found another way to make it really exciting,” said Miami head coach Mark Richt, whose team stayed unbeaten after a third consecutive close game. “Part of the reason was Syracuse is a really good football team. We’ve seen what they can do, especially last week with Clemson, but everybody that’s played them this year has been just talking about them and how much harder they’re playing now and with a purpose now.

“Not that they didn’t last year, but they’re a better team from what people say, from a year ago. It’s a tribute to what Coach [Dino] Babers is doing over there.”

“Obviously, [they are] a fabulous football team,” Babers said of the Hurricanes. “We had our difficulties shaking some people off in man‐to‐man coverage. Four turnovers in the first half, giving them great field position and putting our defense in a bad situation. Came back and played a better second half of football, but when you’re playing a team like this you got to score touchdowns, not kick field goals if you’re going to beat a team that’s ranked in the top 10.”

Orange Defense

Despite four turnovers by the Orange’s offense the defense held the Hurricanes to 27 points, only allowing Miami to score a touchdown off one of those turnovers.
“I think the defense played well,” said senior linebacker Paris Bennett, who had ten tackles for Syracuse. “We have a lot to improve on, but four turnovers and holding them to only 27, that’s big,”
What impressed Bennett was Cole Murphy.

“That’s my guy. I’ve never doubted Cole. I always felt he was a great kicker. They were big and they were outside. I was counting on him. We were all counting on him to capitalize.”

Making the field goals count

Murphy connected on four out of four field goals tries, 22 yards being the shortest. The next three were more than 40 yards, with the longest at 53 in the fourth  quarter, putting Syracuse within a point of Miami. Overall Murphy made 12 out of the 19 points for Syracuse.

What’s next

Syracuse has a bye week coming up, but the Orange will face Florida State (2-4, 2-3 ACC) in Tallahassee on Nov. 4. Syracuse is now third in the ACC Atlantic behind Clemson and N.C. State with a league record of 2-2.
HBO Boxing After Dark Brings Hard-Hitting Action to Central New York

HBO Boxing After Dark Brings Hard-Hitting Action to Central New York

October 23, 2017

Story and photos by Jose Cuevas Verona, N.Y. — A new champion was crowned Saturday night as HBO Boxing after Dark returned to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. That was just one of nine fights on the card including a match that was televised to the live crowd from across the pond in Belfast, Ireland. It was a […]

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Verona, N.Y. — A new champion was crowned Saturday night as HBO Boxing after Dark returned to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

That was just one of nine fights on the card including a match that was televised to the live crowd from across the pond in Belfast, Ireland.

It was a night that started with a TKO, included a fighter who came to the ring in a wolf mask and ended with a new champion’s fans waving the flag of Puerto Rico in the arena.
Results

Here is the fight card with the result of each bout:

Preliminary Bouts:

 Lightweights in a six-round bout Michael Dutchover (5-0, 4 KOs) defeated Anthony De Jesus (2-3, 2 KOs) via TKO in the fourth round.

Superfeatherweights in a six-round bout. Ruben Villa (7-0, 4 KOs) defeated German Meraz(54-44-1 34 KOs) via unanimous decision

 

Super Lightweights in a six-round bout Luis Feliciano (3-0) defeated Istvan Dernanecz (10-6, 7 KOs) via TKO in the second round.

 

Middleweights in a four-round bout Alex Rincon (2-0, 2 KOs) defeated Steven Andrade (3-2, 2 KOs) via TKO in the second round.

Light Heavyweights in a ten-round bout D’Mitrius Ballard (17-0, 12 KOs) defeated Jaime Solorio (9-3-2, 6 KOs) via unanimous decision

Lightweights in a ten-round bout Lamont Roach (14-0, 5 KOs) defeated Luis Hinojosa (20-12, 17 KOs) via TKO (doctor stoppage due to injury) in the first round

Middleweights in a twelve-round bout Demetrius Andrade (24-0, 16 KOs) defeated Alantez Fox (23-0-1, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision

Super Featherweights in a twelve-round bout Alberto Machado (18-0, 15 KOs) defeated Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs) for the WBA Super Featherweight Title via KO in the eighth round

*Jezreel Corrales was stripped of the WBA belt after being four pounds over the 130 pound limit.

 

 

Notable Fights

 

Ruben Villa versus German Meraz

With a record of (54-44-1) Meraz is what many consider a journeyman; he’s a tough guy who will probably never reach the highest echelon of boxing. However, Meraz celebrated an accomplishment on Saturday that not many fighters can claim. Saturday was his 100th professional bout. Villa won a comfortable unanimous decision against Meraz, but the accomplishment is still an impressive one.

 

D’Mitrius Ballard versus Jaime Solorio

In Boxing it is customary for prospects to face journeymen in their first couple of pro fights. This is to see if they are the real deal and to prepare them for bigger fights that come down the road. D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard was the prospect heading into this fight and Solorio was the rugged journeyman to test him. And did he test him.

Ballard was on his back foot through many of the rounds as Solorio would not stop coming forward. Ballard countered Solorio’s aggression with effective counterpunches and potshots.

The formula remained the same for Ballard, but Solorio made it very tough for him, consistently pushing Ballard to the ropes and landing some solid hard punches.

What separates journeymen from elite fighters is their technique. That is what got Ballard through this fight. He waited patiently to counter and land effective punches. He read Solorio’s fight patterns and exploited them when he saw an opening. The fight was not easy as Solorio would not quit and gave Ballard all he had. Ultimately Ballard won via unanimous decision.

 

Lamont Roach Jr. versus Luis Hinojosa

Roach Jr.’s trainer recently died and he dedicated the fight to him and went out looking for a decisive and memorable victory. It was memorable not for a titillating knockout, but a bizarre injury to Hinojosa’s foot.

A win is a win, but honestly I wanted this fight to end with him on the floor with a body punch or feeling his head swirl because I clipped him in the chin,” Roach, Jr. said after the fight. “This week, my team has gone from hell and back after losing my cousin, trainer, and mentor, Coach Roach. This win is a symbolism of the victories that await us because of the hard work put in by him.”

 

Demetrius Andrade versus Alantez Fox

The undefeated Andrade, who came to the ring wearing a wolf mask, was making his Middleweight debut after campaigning at the Junior Middleweight division. His first test was Alantez Fox who at Middleweight has an unusually tall frame of 6’4″.

The two exchanged heavy blows from round one. Andrade was consistently landing the harder and cleaner punches on Fox. You could see sweat fly from the ferocity of the punches.

In the seventh round Fox landed a straight right hand that sent Andrade down. Andrade used his footwork to regain his composure and finish the round strong.

Andrade had a fire lit under him and attacked Fox with more ferocity as the fight went into the final stretch.

Fox continued to come forward and try and pressure Andrade, but Andrade’s footwork and counters were too much for Fox.

Andrade was declared the victor by unanimous decision.

 

Jezreel Corrales versus Alberto Machado

Corrales was stripped of his WBA crown earlier due to him failing to make weight. Some wondered whether the weight advantage would help him against the tough and gritty Machado. The Turning Stone Resort and Casino was loud for the main event as many Puerto Ricans came to support Machado in his quest for his first world title.

Corrales came out swinging as is is style. Machado took his punches well, but from round one it was destined to be a slugfest as both men kept coming forward.

Corrales drew first blood as he landed a flush left hook on Machado’s chin. The punch short-circuited his nervous system and took him down to the mat.

Machado came back and used his footwork to buy some time until he fully regained his composure. The fight then quickly turned into a wrestling match as Corrales took down Machado with a tackle.

The two began exchanging insults with one another in the ring. They plainly did not like each other one bit and were more determined to knock the other fighter out. Machado began timing Corrales’ aggression and started his comeback.  In the eighth round lightning struck as Machado landed a thunderous right hook on Coralles’ temple.

Your winner by KO in the 8th round and new WBA Super Featherweight Champion, Alberto Machado.

“I won the world title for my family and Puerto Rico,” Machado said in the post-fight interview.

Dominion Energy Charity Classic Powers on Drama Down the Stretch

Dominion Energy Charity Classic Powers on Drama Down the Stretch

October 23, 2017

Story and Photos by Kent Paisley Richmond, Va.— Bernhard Langer came to the par 5 18th at The Dominion Energy Charity Classic Sunday searching for a birdie to force a playoff. He had parred the hole the day before. Instead, the titan of the Champions Tour rolled home a 12-foot right to left downhill slider for eagle, […]

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Richmond, Va.— Bernhard Langer came to the par 5 18th at The Dominion Energy Charity Classic Sunday searching for a birdie to force a playoff. He had parred the hole the day before.

Instead, the titan of the Champions Tour rolled home a 12-foot right to left downhill slider for eagle, claiming the first round of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs and his 35th championship of his Champions Tour career.

“It was very exciting to come down the 18th and to make an eagle,” Langer said.  “I was missing so many putts today, and I finally made one when it mattered.”


Langer and Singh Duel Early

Langer opened the day with a three-shot lead over Vijay Singh, who played an immaculate ten-under-par over the final 15 holes Saturday.

The two World Golf Hall of Famers were the final pairing of the day, and set for a duel for the title.

Langer expanded that lead to four strokes with a birdie at the first.

The German native failed to add a red number to his scorecard for another 12 holes.

Singh capitalized early on with Langer’s inability to convert birdies, closing the gap with birdies at 3, 5, & 6, trailing by one stroke heading to the par 4 seventh.

 

Singh’s Wheels Fall Off

On the seventh green Singh stared down an 18-footer for birdie, which he missed high side of the cup. The ball parked right behind the cup, a foot-and-a-half away.

It was not Singh’s swollen ankle that failed him. Nor his right knee, which needs to be replaced.

Every golfer’s nightmare, the cursed yips, did him in.

He missed the one-and-a-half footer, carding a bogey. He did not make another putt outside three feet until the 18th, where he converted a birdie from 12 feet.

He finished the tournament tied for third at -12, alongside Kenny Perry and Billy Mayfair.

The yips struck again later on in the tournament at a critical juncture.

 

Verplank Charges

Scott Verplank sat five back of the lead at the start of the day, tied for fourth place at -9.

He sat with plenty of Schwab Cup Points to spare to advance into the next round of the playoffs.

He could not have foreseen the struggle the groups in front of him had, methodically going about his business.

He posted the exact same score on the front and back nine from moving day, turning in another 33/33 for a -6 round.

Verplanck had an up and down final stretch, with plenty of moments remaining in his head on his plane flight back home.

On the 15th hole, the tournament moved the tee box to make the hole 284 yards. Verplank elected to go to an iron off the tee, laying up and carding a par on the hole.

He followed up with a gem of a 16th, going driver-three wood to 15 yards from the pin on the par 5.

He had about five paces of green to work with, and parked his wedge shot after one hop to four feet for his birdie.

At the 18th, another par 5, he went driver-hybid to a tough back left position. With the pin back right and sloping away from him, he had to pick the ball perfectly to get it to hold.

Verplanck stopped his ball on a dime from the slippery angle to set up another four-footer.

He followed with a case of the yips.

The ball missed right after the pushed putt, and he settled for par.

“You know what, if I won 35 times, I probably would have chipped it in or got it up and down,” Verplanker explained.

At -15, he held the clubhouse lead, with Langer on the 17th one stroke back.

 

Langer Grinds to the 18th

Langer carded his first bogey of the week on the 8th  hole. He avoided a bogey on the 6th with a resilient up and down from 75 yards after dropping a ball into the hazard.

Langer recorded his second birdie of the day on the 13th, and his tee shot made it look as if he still had more grinding to do.

He sat 130 yards out on the 347-yard hole after yanking his tee shot left into the thick Bermuda rough. The ball nestled down, with about a fourth of the ball visible from the top of the rough.

Langer had no trees in the way, and in spite of the rough, fired a pin seeker, the ball rolling to four feet above the flag.

The yips, which pervaded his opponent’s games, did not find Langer, as he knocked home the short birdie.

He bogeyed 14 from just outside the greenside bunker, missing a ten-footer for par. He scrambled for par at the 16th, and missed a 12-footer for birdie on the par 3 17th.

 

The Final Three Strokes

The 516-yard par 5 closing hole finished as the easiest scoring hole of the day, with players averaging half a stroke under par.

Langer piped his drive down the center of the fairway. He was stuck between clubs for his second shot, a two hybrid and a three wood.

He elected to hit a cut three wood, resulting with the ball twelve feet from the cup for the eagle and the win.

“You never know until it goes in,” Langer said.

It dropped dead in the heart of the cup.

The celebration was on from there, as Langer secured his sixth championship of the year out of twenty four events on the season.

 

The Field Shrinks

The top 54 players in Charles Schwab Cup points advanced to the Powershares QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Fran Quinn and David McKenzie played their way into the field, from 59th and 57thto 53rd and 54th in points, respectively. Quinn carded an impressive 66, including an eagle on the 18th, to punch his ticket to California.

Larry Mize and Mark Brooks fell out of the second-round field, finishing at -2 and -1 respectively.

The Powershares QQQ Championship takes place next weekend, with the Charles Schwab Playoffs concluding November 10th-12th at Phoenix Country Club in Arizona.

Birdies for Charity

While most are focused on the quality of golf at the opening round of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, Birdies for Charity organizes itself to capitalize on that quality of play.

The proceeds from the Dominion Charity Classic went to Virginia Values Veterans Program and Richmond Fisher House, both programs assisting veterans in the Richmond area.

But fans can contribute as well through Birdies for Charity.

Birdies for Charity was originally conceived at the John Deere Classic, a PGA tour event.

In 1992, the tournament organizer offered the person closest to guessing the number of birdies converted by the field a free car, in exchange for a donation per birdie made.

The model delivered six times the amount expected to be raised, and has been expanding ever since.

Birdies for Charity has 122 charities under its umbrella this year. While the charities are primarily based in Richmond, there are charities from out of state as well, such as Saratoga War Horse in New York.

Fans are offered two ways to donate. They can either use a flat fee, or a donation made for every birdie in the tournament.

The PGA tour matches 10 percent of any donation made to a charity listed.

Monica Mitchell, the organizer of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic’s Birdies for Charity, explained that participation rose from last year, but that was due to the platform starting operations too late last season.

Shes aid a majority of contributions are flat fee donations, as charities reach out to their donors, recommending using the Birdies for Charity platform to capitalize on the extra 10 percent contribution from the PGA tour.

Currently, they have collected $55,000 in flat fees for various charities. The amount collected from per birdie amounts will be calculated after the conclusion of the tournament.

There were 584 birdies recorded last year over the three round tournament. The field expanded from 54 players last year to 72 players this year. Through two rounds this year, 526 birdies are posted.

Fans can donate at the tent in the Fan Experience Zone, or online, following this link.

Record-tying Moving Day in Richmond

Record-tying Moving Day in Richmond

October 23, 2017

Richmond, Va. —The top of the leaderboard delivered historic numbers on moving day at the opening tournament of the Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer tied the course record at The Country Club of Virginia, carding 63 apiece. “I’m playing ready. It’s a lot of fun,” […]

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Richmond, Va. —The top of the leaderboard delivered historic numbers on moving day at the opening tournament of the Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer tied the course record at The Country Club of Virginia, carding 63 apiece.

“I’m playing ready. It’s a lot of fun,” Langer explained. “Hitting a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, giving myself opportunities, and today was pretty special.”

 

Langer’s Dominance

Bernhard Langer has owned the Champions Tour the last three years, as he is searching for his fourth consecutive Charles Schwab Title. He finished as the runner up the three seasons prior. Langer comes off a disappointing T-11 finish last week at the SAS Championship in North Carolina.

The 60-year-old German native firmly bounced back from that performance, with five birdies yesterday, and nine birdies today. For the tournament, he has yet to record a bogey enroute to his leading score of -14. He has hit 91.7 percent of greens in regulation, leading the field.

Langer strung birdies together beautifully across the day, striking them back-to-back three times over the course of the afternoon. His round was highlighted by his second birdie of the day at the par 3 fourth. From 159 yards, his tee shot rolled just outside the right side of the cup for a tap in two-footer for birdie.

Langer’s bid for the course record was shut down by a missed eight-foot slider for birdie on the par 5 18th green. He holds a comfortable three shot lead over World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh.

 

Singh Rallies

Singh sat at one over through three holes, and one under par for the tournament. He had been reviewing his swing mechanics with his caddy on his IPhone on the driving range.

His left ankle swollen like a balloon.

A right knee that needs to be replaced.

Yet he responded by firing off four birdies in a row.

“I missed a very short putt there (the third hole)” Singh said, “and made two long putts, and then hit the par five I got it on in two.”

The Hall of Famer capped off the front side with a birdie on the 9th, to turn in four for the opening nine.

Singh punctuated his round with a gorgeous up and down from the green side bunker on the 18th from 40 feet out, his bunker shot trickling past the cup for an east tap in to cap off his 63.

In spite of Singh’s incredible performance, he holds just a one-stroke lead over Joe Durant, who carded another five under on the day to sit at 10 under par in third place.

 

The Playoff Bubble

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic is the opening tournament of three of the Champions tour Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. The top 72 players from the money list qualify for the tournament, with the second tournament field cut down to 54.

The points are determined by money earned, dollar for dollar. In the Cup Playoffs, the points are worth double the amount of cash won.

Larry Mize entered the tournament at 53rd in the money list, and is projected to drop back to 56th if his current place of T-45 holds. Mize shot one under for the second consecutive round.

David McKenzie is now projected at 55th, moving up from 57th after shooting up to T-17. McKenzie currently holds a 17,077 projected point advantage over Mize.

 

Notes

Miguel Angel Jimenez finished the day eagle-birdie-eagle to post two under for the day. His stretching routine is always worth another view. He holds two of the nine eagles made so far at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

The course’s average round dropped from 71.1 to 69.4, the field taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions. Only seven players posted rounds above par.

Tomorrow, the first tee time is at 8:10 A.M. EST. Langer and Singh are the final pairing, teeing up at 1:07 P.M.

Bellator 185: A Night of Surprises

Bellator 185: A Night of Surprises

October 23, 2017

Story and photos by Jose Cuevas Uncasville, Conn. — Bellator 185 was brimming with anticipation for the long-awaited debut of Gegard Mousasi Friday night at Mohegan Sun. Mousasi was a former UFC Middleweight title contender and had fought some of the best in the world. The crowd was excited to see boxing sensation Heather Hardy continue her foray into the world of […]

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Uncasville, Conn. — Bellator 185 was brimming with anticipation for the long-awaited debut of Gegard Mousasi Friday night at Mohegan Sun. Mousasi was a former UFC Middleweight title contender and had fought some of the best in the world. The crowd was excited to see boxing sensation Heather Hardy continue her foray into the world of MMA. The night was full of surprises, which tells you that anything is possible in the MMA Cage.

 

Results

Here is the fight card with the result of each bout.

Preliminary Bouts:
Dean Hancock 
defeated John Beneduce via TKO (Punches) in Round 1, time: 3:38

Pete Rogers Jr. defeated Timothy Wheeler via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in round 1, time 0:37

Joaquin Buckley defeated Venicius De Jesus via Split Decision

Costello Van Steenis defeated Steve Skrzat via TKO (Severe Elbows) Round 1, time: 2:52

Jordan Young defeated Alec Hooben via Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1, time: 2:44

 

Don Shainis defeated Matt Denning via TKO (Severe punches) Round 1, time: 4:50

Vovka Clay defeated Frank Sforsza via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 2, time: 1:17

Kevin Carrier defeated Jose Antonio Perez via Unanimous Decision
Main Card Bouts:


Lisa Blaine
 defeated Ana Julaton via Split Decision

Ryan Quinn defeated Marcus Surin via Unanimous Decision

Kristina Williams defeated Heather Hardy via TKO (Doctor Stoppage after Severe Injuries) Round 2, time 2:00

 

Neiman Gracie defeated Zak Bucia via Submission (Neck Crank) Round 2, time 2:27

Gegard Mousasi defeated Alexander Shlemenko via Unanimous Decision

 

Notable Fights

 

Lisa Blaine versus Ana Julaton

 

Lisa Blaine versus Ana Julaton was a test of grit for both women. Julaton dominated the first half of the fight with her control of range and striking. She was also comfortable exchanging holds on the mat.

Blaine managed to wrestle Julaton to the mat in the later part of the fight and land some strikes. The rounds were hotly contested but she swayed the judges in her favor heading into the third and final round.

The third round was hotly contested. Blaine went into second gear to try to out-will her opponent.The fight ended in the center of the ring with both trying to get the upper hand and squeeze a decision or land a knockout. Blaine ultimately swayed the judges for a close but hard-fought split decision victory.


Kristina Williams versus Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy entered the cage for her second ever MMA Bout and many expected her to continue her winning ways. Hardy was the favorite in this fight as she has been positioned to be a star in Bellator. However, Kristina Williams in her pro debut had other plans.

From round one Williams asserted her dominance by exchanging with Hardy. Hardy had no answers to Williams’ arsenal of strikes and kicks.

As the second round commenced Williams rushed Hardy and continued to beat and batter her. The fight ended in the secnd round with a vicious headkick that forced the cageside doctor to examine Hardy’s wounds.


Gegard Mousasi versus Alexander Shlemenko

The main event was Gegard Mousasi’s highly anticipated Bellator debut against Alexander Shlemenko. The story driving this bout was how would Mousasi be able to stand toe to toe with the very tough, rugged, and hard-hitting Shlemenko. It was not an easy debut fight, despite Mousasi being a highly regarded fighter.

The fight began with Mousasi out-wrestling Shlemenko and continuously trying to lock in a rear naked choke.

However, Shlemenko showed his power and sneaked in a strike that formed a mouse on Mousasi’s right eye. The eye immediately began to swell grotesquely.

As the fight progressed Shlemenko began focusing on Mousasi’s eye. Mousasi was on his back foot trying to protect himself from Shlemenko’s scary strength. Mousasi had success on the mat, but Shlemenko successfully defended his rear naked choke attempts.

Heading into the third Shlemenko took control as Mousasi was backpedaling away from him. Shlemenko even had success on the mat as Mousasi seemed exhausted and hurt. Many in the audience believed Shlemenko won the fight as he was thoroughly in control in the third and final round.

But the winner was Mousasi by unanimous decision. The crowd was irate as many believed Shlemenko had won. Both men had to be taken to the hospital after the fight for further evaluation.

Syracuse Football Upsets #2 Clemson

Syracuse Football Upsets #2 Clemson

October 14, 2017

Story by Jude Allume Photos by Kristin O’Grady SYRACUSE, N.Y. — For many, Friday the 13th is known as an unlucky day. For the Clemson Tigers, the day lived up to its reputation as the previously unbeaten Tigers were upset for their first loss of the season against the Syracuse Orange, 27-24. “That senior class, […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — For many, Friday the 13th is known as an unlucky day. For the Clemson Tigers, the day lived up to its reputation as the previously unbeaten Tigers were upset for their first loss of the season against the Syracuse Orange, 27-24.

“That senior class, three head football coaches all the things they’ve been through and to have an opportunity to have a win like that, that they’ll never forget for the rest of their lives” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said after the game.

“Nobody believes in us except for us and that’s fine because at the end of the day, I put my pads on to play for these guys next to me” junior quarterback Eric Dungey said.

Dungey paced the Orange offense with 278 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air to go along with 61 rushing yards.

Linebacker Parris Bennett led the Orange defense with a team high nine tackles including a big sack on a potential scoring drive for the Tigers, knocking them outside of the 20 yard line to the 27.

The win brings Syracuse to 4-3 (2-1 ACC), their first time with a winning record since mid-September. The loss drops the Clemson Tigers to 6-1 (4-1 ACC).

 

The Orange Come Out Swinging

 Syracuse has recently been criticized for starting games slowly and doing too little, too late in games to stand a real chance for victory, as seen in its last two close loses to LSU (35-26) and NC State (33-25). This game proved to be much different from the first drive.

“I think it was an overall team effort and I’m really, really proud of the young men” Babers said.

The Orange received the opening kickoff and drove the ball 72 yards in three minutes and 16 seconds. The drive was capped off by a screen pass from Dungey to running back Dontae Strickland for a 23-yard touchdown and the early 7-0 lead.

The Tigers responded quickly, scoring in only one minute and seven seconds. A Syracuse unsportsmanlike conduct penalty set them up with great field position, as they went 62 yards in three plays to score and tie things up.

The Orange punted on its next possession, giving the Tigers the ball at the 37 yard line and a chance to take the lead. The Tigers moved the ball at will, as Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was 5-5 passing on the drive for 46 yards. Once the Tigers reached the red zone, the Orange defense stepped up, forcing the Tigers to settle for a field goal try. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the field goal attempt was missed and the score remained tied.

On its next possession, the Orange capitalized on the Tigers’ missed opportunity. After a 14-yard pass to Steve Ishmael, Dungey threw deep to Ervin Phillips, connecting for the 66-yard touchdown and again giving the Orange the lead at 14-7.

 

Orange Fumbles Golden Opportunity

 The teams traded punts for the next three possessions until Syracuse got the ball again with 11:59 left in the second quarter. The Orange started at the six yard line, but that didn’t deter them from running their normal offense as they moved the ball quickly and with ease, taking advantage of two Tiger penalties that extended the drive. With second down and six yards to go on the Clemson 20 yard line, a false start penalty was called on the Orange, starting the downward spiral.

On the next play, Dungey was sacked for a five yard loss. That was followed by another penalty for offensive pass interference leaving the Orange third down and 31 yards to go. The drive ended for the Orange with a fumble by Strickland. The Tiger’s Tanner Muse scooped up the ball and returned it 63 yards for the score. A drive that seemed to be leading to a two score lead for the Orange quickly turned into a tied game at 14 all.

The Orange again took the lead with a field goal before halftime, going into the locker room up 17-14.

 

Clemson Sticks Around

 Though Syracuse had plenty of opportunities to pull away in this game, Clemson put up a fight. The fight became a lot harder when starting quarterback Kelly Bryant left the game at the end of the first half with a concussion, leaving redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper to lead the offense for the second half.

Immediately, the Orange applied pressure on the new quarterback in an attempt to make sure he never got comfortable in the pocket. It worked on the first drive of the half as the Tigers ended up punting. On their next drive however, the Clemson coaching staff combined great starting field position at the Orange 42 yard line with a series of short throws that moved the ball and got Cooper rolling.

Though the drive fizzled out, the Tigers added a field goal to tie the game at 17. When the Orange got the ball, it used a 45-yard run from Dungey to set up a 30- yard pass to Ishmael for the score, putting the Orange up 24-17.

Again, Clemson responded. On the kickoff, the ball bounced out of bounds, setting the Tigers up at their 35 yard line to start. After two plays, on first down from the 48, Tiger running back Travis Etienne ran the ball for a gain of 52 yards and a touchdown, again tying the score, this time at 24.

 

Take Your Time 

With the ball to start the fourth quarter, the Orange changed from its usually high-paced offense to a slower tempo focusing on ball control. This was accompanied with a heavy run offense to keep the clock moving. The Orange burned over five minutes off the clock on the way to picking up a field goal to put Syracuse up 27-24.

Clemson fought all game to keep the score close in hopes of eventually overtaking the lead and responded again. This time, the clock was a factor as the Tigers were running out of time. After picking up, two first downs in the first four plays of their drive, the Orange needed a big play to stop the Tiger momentum. It came in the form of a sack from Chris Slayton, leading to a loss of four yards. The drive stalled, and the Orange took over on downs at the 41 yard line with 6:10 left in the game and the Tigers with two timeouts left.

From there, the plan was to run the ball and kill the clock. The plan worked to perfection as the Orange slowly moved the ball and picked up two first downs with the clock down to 2:29, forcing Clemson to use its timeouts.

On third down and eight to go, the Orange needed to convert or possibly have to punt the ball away and give the Tigers another chance to come back.  Dungey rushed for eight yards, stretching backwards to reach the first down marker. After the officials reviewed the spot of the ball, the ruling on the field of a first down was upheld, essentially ending the game. After a few kneels, the game was over and the Orange pulled off the upset, an accomplishment linebacker Zaire Franklin said he couldn’t believe.

“For some reason, I didn’t believe that the game was over when we got that first down” Franklin said. “I’m still in my mind like we’re going to have to go out and stop them from getting a field goal, whatever it is, whatever reason I didn’t believe the game was over until they were taking a knee and I was like ‘damn, that’s it.’”

 

The 12th Man

 The Carrier Dome had its biggest crowd of the season with over 42,475 counted in attendance. The home crowd was into the game and loud all night.

“How about the fans tonight?” Babers exclaimed after the game. “Are you kidding me? We have a DOME. No one else does. Neener neener neener. We’re loud, we’re crazy up here and that’s the atmosphere that it should be every single time that we come to the Carrier Dome.

“That was a good football team and I thought the fans were great, they were fantastic, they were the 12th man on defense and they made it very difficult for their offense to communicate.”

“It was loud,” linebacker Parris Bennett said. “Third down was rocking, you could tell those guys they could hear it, they could feel it. We fed off the energy. I feel like guys felt more confident. It felt like everybody was rooting for us and cheering for us and believing in us. When you get as loud as that, guys feel like they’re on top of the world”

 

The Numbers Tell the Story

 Clemson has one of the best defenses in the nation with averages of 264.33 total yards per game, 165.5 passing yards per game, 98.83 rushing yards per game and 11.33 points per game. The Syracuse offense blew all of these numbers out of the water with 440 total yard, 278 pass yards, 162 rushing yards and putting up more than double the average points the Tiger defense had allowed with 27.

The Clemson offense came into the game averaging 233.67 yards passing per game, 237.33 yards rushing per game, 471 total yards per game and 35 point per game. The Syracuse defense held the Tigers under all of these averages with 204 yards passing, 113 yards rushing and allowing only 24 points, seven of which came as a result of the Tiger defense scoring.

Conversely, prior to the game, the Syracuse defense had allowed its opponents averages of 357 total yards per game, 242 passing yards per game and 131 rushing yards per game, all numbers they held the Tigers under.

The Orange never trailed the Tigers in the game.

 

Up Next

 Syracuse travels to Miami next week to face the #11 ranked Hurricanes on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

The Tigers limp back home with some concerns at quarterback as they look to rebound from the loss. They have a bye week before hosting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Oct 28.