Student Reporting Archive

Sports Media Center Transitions to Online Industry Speakers

March 30, 2020

Story by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Embedded into the Sports Media and Communications track for graduate students, are a variety of requirements. Students must take a certain number of sports-related courses, have one-on-one meetings with the Sports Media Center’s director, Olivia Stomski, and attend several events with industry speakers. As the university has transitioned […]

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Story by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Embedded into the Sports Media and Communications track for graduate students, are a variety of requirements. Students must take a certain number of sports-related courses, have one-on-one meetings with the Sports Media Center’s director, Olivia Stomski, and attend several events with industry speakers.

As the university has transitioned to online, remote learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the requirements have done the same. The first online conversation between SMC students and sports industry professionals, many of whom are alumni, will be held tonight.

Tonight, at 6:15 p.m., CBS and Brooklyn News play-by-play broadcaster, ’19 Marty Glickman Award Winner and Newhouse ’90 alum, Ian Eagle ’90 will be hosted on Zoom by Newhouse professor and “Voice of the Orange,” Matt Park. 

“The Newhouse Sports Media Center has been looking for ways to reconnect the Sports Media & Communications students with each other, faculty, staff and alums,” said Stomski. “Many voiced their disappointment in missing the many speakers the Center had planned for the spring semester.” 

Gaining faithful attendees beyond the requirements, SMC students like Matt Geraci would anticipate the speakers coming to Newhouse, to give an inside look into the sports industry. His favorite part is seeing where former Newhouse students went after school, their accomplishments and openness. “They provide snapshots into the work that it takes to be successful in this field,” Geraci said. “To hear from people in a bunch of different positions offered some interesting paths and takeaways.”

Stomski said the decision to transition online came after alumni reached out and are looking to help students during this time.

As most universities around the globe are hosting classes and events such as seminars and career fairs on tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts, students worry about reliability among technology. Luckily, Geraci has a positive outlook on digital learning.

“It’ll definitely have its challenges but I also think it can be used as an opportunity to creatively utilize the resources we have in place to communicate remotely and still gain insights from speakers who may work remotely in their careers anyway,” said Geraci. 

Stomski notes that this difficult time is a pivotal lesson for her students – in learning, flexibility and togetherness. 

“It’s important for us all to stay connected, engaged and excited about the sports media industry. We cannot watch live sports at this time, but we can talk about them!”

Second-half spark leads Syracuse past GA Tech to snap three-game losing skid

March 5, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photo by Kris Wan Four starters for Syracuse scored in double digits and the Orange shoot 64 percent in the second half in a 79-72 bounce-back win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. 52-34 was the score differential in the second half and impressed Syracuse head coach Jim […]

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Four starters for Syracuse scored in double digits and the Orange shoot 64 percent in the second half in a 79-72 bounce-back win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

52-34 was the score differential in the second half and impressed Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

“One of the best second halves we have ever played…anywhere,” said Boeheim.

Leading into Saturday’s matchup, the Orange (14-13, 8-8 ACC) and Georgia Tech split their head-to-head series 6-6. In their first meeting this season on Dec. 7., Elijah Hughes was 10-for-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line for a career-high 33 points, leading Syracuse to a 97-63 stomping.

On Saturday, Syracuse relied on a 20-point and 7 rebounds effort from Hughes and Marek Dolejaz’s 20 points, that included 12-12 from the free throw line.

“I love playing basketball and I get the crowd into it. That’s what you have to do in college is have fun with it,” said Hughes.

Georgia Tech (13-14, 7-9 ACC) came into Central New York with some aggression as junior forward Moses Wright came out the gates attacking the paint and scored 8 points on 4-4 shooting, to put the pressure on Syracuse 17-9 at the 12 minute mark in the first half.

Syracuse started 3-17 from the field and Hughes was the lone offensive spark with 10 points at the half.

The Orange went on a 10-2 run to open up the second half and cut the deficit, 37-40. Joe Girard III had the hot hand during the run and dropped 8 quick points that featured a turn-around baseline jumper.

“When the ball goes in the basket, the game is a lot easier,” said Boeheim. “At halftime, this was a really hard game to win and the players ignored what has happened and is happening.”

Wright might have found his sanctuary inside the Carrier Dome as he went on to drop a career-high of 33 points. Syracuse held Yellow Jacket leading scorer (16 PPG) Michael Devoe scoreless in the second half and 11 total points.

Both parties had 34 points in the paint, but it was the tempo of the Orange’s offense that gave them the edge. 21 fast break points and 12 assists as a team.

Buddy Boeheim finished with 13 points and Girard III added two from beyond the arc and 15 points of his own.

Fourth quarter emotions cost Syracuse’s final home game against Boston College

March 4, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photos by Tanner Russ SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After three nearly identical quarters of basketball, the Syracuse women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off Boston College in the fourth quarter and came up short, 88-81, in the last sporting event at the Carrier Dome for the year on Sunday night. Tied at 64 […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After three nearly identical quarters of basketball, the Syracuse women’s basketball team couldn’t fight off Boston College in the fourth quarter and came up short, 88-81, in the last sporting event at the Carrier Dome for the year on Sunday night.

Tied at 64 after three quarters, the rest of the game was up for grabs on senior night. Down the stretch as emotions were flying at 83-78, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman received a technical foul after arguing a no-call. That gave Boston College two free-throws and possession – which put the nail in the coffin for the Orange (15-14, 9-9 ACC).

“I take full responsibility for this one,” said Hillsman. “Our kids fought hard and I was fighting them, but that’s on me at the end.”

Boston College (18-11, 11-7 ACC) came out firing on all cylinders and set the tone for Syracuse, connecting on three-straight 3-pointers on their first three possessions and grabbed an early 11-2 lead.

“I told them to calm down, relax and to play the game,” said Hillsman, on what he said to his team following the Eagles start.

The Orange started putting together their own offensive game plan with Kiara Lewis and Gabrielle Lewis leading the charge. Both had 18 points on the night and Lewis added 8 assists.

Kiara Lewis trying to fend off players from Boston College.

After starting 6-of-14 from beyond the arc in the first-half, Syracuse struggled to pick back up in the second half – finishing 9-of-25.  

Syracuse shot 47 percent from the field and dominated the paint, 42-30.

Boston College had five players score in double-digits but held senior Emma Guy to just seven points. Guy is No. 1 in the ACC in field goal percentage and has scored in double-digits 9 straight games coming into Sunday’s contest.

The difference was the pace from Boston College, scoring 31 fast break points to Syracuse’s 13.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and they shot the ball well from 3.” said Cooper. “But you have to put it in the past now and look towards the ACC tournament.”

With that mindset, the Orange’s regular season comes to an end with hopes of making an NCAA tournament appearance. First – a smaller, yet important, round of games this week in ACC tournament play.

Syracuse will sit at the #8 seed and will play #9 Virginia. Exact day and time, TBD.

“Right now, everyone is 0-0 and coming in fresh,” said Hillsman on what’s next. “We have to go win some games and win the tournament.”

From Newhouse to the Airwaves: Jay Alter’s Journey

March 2, 2020

Story by Cole Johnson, Photo by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no place like Newhouse. Simply stated, it’s the place where the dreams in the media industry come to life for hundreds of students each year. It’s not just individual talent and determination that gets these students to the top of company resume lists […]

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Story by Cole Johnson, Photo by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no place like Newhouse. Simply stated, it’s the place where the dreams in the media industry come to life for hundreds of students each year.

It’s not just individual talent and determination that gets these students to the top of company resume lists each year. It’s more than that – it takes relationships and assistance from professors and alumni.

On Friday, students had the opportunity to network with 2016 alum, Jay Alter, who almost gave up his dream after his freshman year.

The ESPN play-by-play personality came back to Syracuse to call a Men’s lacrosse game, and speak to students about his journey and his life as a broadcaster.

“My parents wanted me to be an accountant,” said Alter. “But I wanted something different. I came here with a twinkle in my eye, and I did everything I set out to do…I wouldn’t do a single thing differently.”

For Alter, it wasn’t easy as it would seem to simply set a goal and “go get it.” Similar to other students, there may be times when they don’t think this is the right path for them.

“I had a lot of doubt at the end of my freshman year going into sophomore year if this was going to be it for me. I was struggling to get cleared at student radio stations and back home my sister was battling Leukemia,” said Alter. “I just wanted to be home. My mind wasn’t in it.”

He said that he called his parents, wanting to take a semester off and listening to his parents’ earlier advice about going into accounting. Yet, his dad told him that he was being ridiculous. There was nothing he could do to help at home, only to fight and work hard in school –  making a life for himself.

“I channeled all of that fight and put it here, and that really turned a corner for me,” Alter added. “I wouldn’t be here in this room today, without that.”

As Alter sat in front current sports journalism students with Newhouse Sports Media Center Director, Olivia Stomski, it was clear that he had overcome many doubts to get to where he is now. He attributed passion to being his driving force.

“You can’t manufacture passion. Passion makes you work ten times harder, research more, communicate better. If you lack that, you’re never going to make it in this industry because it’s too competitive,” said Alter. “This is a game of inches, and every inch you give yourself is a chance that you have. When you give yourself that inch, passion gives you a foot.”

After graduating, Alter landed a position at News12 in Connecticut as the weekend sports anchor, thereafter he took on many play-by-play and reporter roles for the Big East Digital Network. From there, he went to ESPN, calling various college sports and high school football.

“As cliché as it is, trust the process. Bet on yourself. If things aren’t going well, work twice as hard. Don’t think day to day, but think long term,” he said. “If I didn’t double down on myself and bet on myself I wouldn’t be at ESPN or speaking at Newhouse today. I wouldn’t be in broadcasting at all.”

Given the talent and passion Alter has shouted through the airwaves, it had to start somewhere. He said it wasn’t just that determination and grit that got him to where he is. Countless times, Alter told students that it’s more about the human connection you make in this industry that will get you far.

“Relationships are your resume in this business. Without relationships, you’re never going to get hired because you can’t hand someone a piece of paper in this business and say ‘hire me.’ You need somebody that’s going to go to war for you,” said Alter.

He advocated for making connections, a common piece of advice from Newhouse alum and staff alike.

“All of those relationships start in Syracuse and start at Newhouse,” said Alter. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without those relationships and it’s all because of this school and this program.”

Syracuse Rolls Past the Panthers, Again

March 2, 2020

Story by Alyssa Lyons, Photos by Nicholas D’Alessandro SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The color pink has many meanings and attributes, but most of all it has a meaning of its own for one month, Breast Cancer Awareness. The same words shocked the Syracuse women’s basketball team when one of their 14 was diagnosed. That same awareness […]

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Story by Alyssa Lyons, Photos by Nicholas D’Alessandro


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The color pink has many meanings and attributes, but most of all it has a meaning of its own for one month, Breast Cancer Awareness. The same words shocked the Syracuse women’s basketball team when one of their 14 was diagnosed. That same awareness was celebrated during halftime Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 when the Orange slipped past the University of Pittsburgh 71-53.
It was the annual #Play4Kay game, only this time with the addition #Tough4T. During halftime, 15 women who are in the midst of, and succeeded in the fight against Breast Cancer were recognized – including Syracuse’s own Tiana Mangakahia. As the parade of survivors and current fighters entered Jim Boeheim court, Mangakahia addressed the crowd for the first time since her diagnosis last year.

Mangakahia, addressing the crowd.


The Streak
Syracuse taking down the Panthers extended their win streak to four. This is the third time this season where they’ve held off ACC foes below 54 pts. The Orange started off strong, taking the first half by storm retrieving to the locker room with a 14-point lead. There was no evidence of the Orange struggling with points outside the paint. Between the game in North Carolina and the one in the Dome, the Orange have shot down 20 from the arc. Late in the first quarter within less than two minutes, Taleah Washington, Kiara Lewis and Teisha Hyman knocked down a shot from three. Forward Digna Strautmane grabbed three on the night, a repeat from Thursday’s win against the Tar Heels. Strautmane surpassed her season-high of 17 points, ending the game with 18. Coach Quentin Hillsman, recording two more wins from his 300-career tally, said Strautmane was “aggressive on all three levels of the floor.”


Kiara Lewis said the win was attributed to sharing the ball. Coach Q’s crew recorded 15 assists, 6 of those coming from Lewis. The Orange took the lead for 38 minutes of the contest. In the second half alone, Syracuse outscored Pittsburgh 33-29.
Syracuse recorded 19 fouls, meanwhile Pitt picked up 15. The Orange capitalized on points at the line going 15-18. Kiara Lewis was perfect, grabbing 4-4. Consequently, Pitt was not, and struggled to find the rim, 12-22.

Orange Fall and Foul Against the Wolfpack

February 20, 2020

Story and Photos by Alyssa Lyons SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the second game in a row, Syracuse’s Basketball team worked their opponents until the last minute without top scorer, No. 2 in the ACC, Elijah Hughes, this time coming up short 79-74. This was the sixth conference match-up of the season that has been decided […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the second game in a row, Syracuse’s Basketball team worked their opponents until the last minute without top scorer, No. 2 in the ACC, Elijah Hughes, this time coming up short 79-74. This was the sixth conference match-up of the season that has been decided with 4 points or less.

In warm-ups Hughes suffered a left groin strain and left the game 2:33 into the half. With Hughes out, Jim Boeheim looked to young talent, freshmen Joe Girard III and Quincy Guerrier to put a stop to the Wolfpack’s Devon Daniels and C.J. Bryce.

The Orange started off the first half looking strong, but it was quickly cut short when N.C. State took a scoring run to put the Wolfpack up 12-7 with 7:34 to go. Missed shots from the field set the Orange behind, only knocking down 2 of 13. The Wolfpack converted on 4 of 9.

Guerrier and Girard set the rhythm near the end of the first half of play, earning a combined 23 points to set the Orange under by four against the Wolfpack, 39-35. Girard would pick up his one and only successful shot from the arc, along with two from Buddy Boeheim. Successful chances from the circle have been a struggle for Boeheim’s team this season. Syracuse went 3-18 from the arc forcing opportunities in the lane.

The Orange found success driving through the paint early in the second half nearing the five-minute mark setting a one-point divide with a score of 68-69. Syracuse grabbed 40 points in the paint Tuesday night, a handful compared to N.C. State’s 26. Bulldozing through the paint was Girard, who picked up a new record, most points by a freshman in the Carrier Dome (30) and tied Dwayne “Pearl” Washington for second most points by a freshman in program history. Carmelo Anthony is the only Orange freshman with more points, recording 33 against Texas on April 5, 2003 in the Final Four.

Foul trouble and missed three-pointers have plagued Syracuse basketball this season. Bourama Sidibe earned his fourth foul less than a minute into the second half. When he returned late in the game, he picked up his fifth nearing a minute to go. In four straight games, Sidibe has fouled out. Buddy Boeheim did the same with 22 seconds left on the clock, and Marek Dolezaj ended with four. Foul trouble was also in the Orange’s favor as the Wolfpack’s center, Manny Bates received four, limiting the leading shot blocker to 14 minutes.

The Orange will need to take home wins against their next two ACC opponents to keep tournament chances alive.

Blue Devils Beat Orange 97-88

February 5, 2020

Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse and Duke possess two of the most decorated coaches in college basketball. This was the most anticipated matchup for Orange fans. Feb. 1 had been circled on their calendars since the schedule came out. Their team had been playing well, winning five of […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse and Duke possess two of the most decorated coaches in college basketball. This was the most anticipated matchup for Orange fans. Feb. 1 had been circled on their calendars since the schedule came out. Their team had been playing well, winning five of their last six games. It looked promising. Duke came into town as the no. 9 team in the country – a ranking lower than years passed. The game would be the top-notch opponent win that the Orange needed. A win that they needed, but didn’t get. The Blue Devils arrived in the packed Carrier Dome and defeated Syracuse 97-88 on Saturday night. They won because Syracuse could not “stop the big guy” – a problem that Head Coach Jim Boeheim says has been a year-long issue.

Coming out hot in the first half, Syracuse held the lead until the last 40 seconds when Duke benefitted from two Alex O’Connell foul shots, making the score 38-36. The Blue Devils seemed shaken up by the crowd of over 31,000 as they did not score a field goal until over two minutes into the game. Marek Dolezaj dropped ten in the first half, leading him into a career-high of 22 points. “He’s playing great and stays out of foul trouble,” said Coach Boeheim.

Despite Dolezaj’s offensive efforts, him and his fellow forwards could not contain Vernon Carey. The 6’10” freshman had twelve points and eight rebounds within the first twenty minutes. Heading into the locker room at halftime, Duke led Syracuse 40-36 and Coach Boeheim said, “We have to do something about that big guy,” but Syracuse didn’t.

Duke quickly extended their four-point lead to nine and continued to climb. The Orange kept the game within at least ten with some big blocks from Elijah Hughes and some big threes by Buddy Boeheim. With a little over a minute to play, they were within seven. Syracuse was forced to foul. Tre Jones made both foul shots and the game became out of reach.

Carey finished the night with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Coach K said, “He was hungry. He attacked the zone and played well.” Coach Boeheim also gave credit to the freshman saying, “The big kid is really good. He’s got great hands, and he’s really tough down there.”

Boeheim said his team is getting better, but they still have to get even better. If they want to beat the good teams, they need to stop people in the paint. He also said that his team needs to shoot the ball a little better, something they haven’t done in the last two games.

Syracuse will have a week off and then will be back in the Dome on Saturday, Feb. 8th at 8 PM.

Women’s Basketball suffer season’s biggest loss

January 28, 2020

Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photos by Racquel Stephen SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Women’s Basketball Team (9-9, 3-4 ACC) led for just 18 seconds in the game. Kiara Lewis hit a layup right off the tip, and it was all Duke from there. The Blue Devils (10-9, 4-4 ACC) cruised to an 88-58 victory Thursday […]

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Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photos by Racquel Stephen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Women’s Basketball Team (9-9, 3-4 ACC) led for just 18 seconds in the game. Kiara Lewis hit a layup right off the tip, and it was all Duke from there. The Blue Devils (10-9, 4-4 ACC) cruised to an 88-58 victory Thursday night inside the Dome.

In the first quarter, Duke had the Syracuse press figured out, leading to easy transition layups and quick scores. In total, Syracuse had 22 turnovers while forcing 18. However, the biggest difference came from points in the paint.

The Blue Devils scored 46 of their 88 points in the paint, thanks in part to Leaonna Odom who scored a game high of 23 points along with ten rebounds, six offensively and four defensively.

Odom shot 11-of-14 from the field.

Duke had a 21-11 lead going into the second quarter and that quarter was much of the same as the first. Syracuse had no answer for Duke’s scoring tonight.

The Orange were just 5-of-30 from three-point land and overall were 20-of-62 from the field. On the other side, Duke was nearly 50 percent from the floor (33-of-67) and 8-of-15 from three-point territory.

Duke led at halftime 49-28 and Syracuse still couldn’t recover after the break.

Kiara Lewis played all 40 minutes and led the Orange with 14 points. Lewis was 3-of-14 from the field and 0-and-5 from downtown.

Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was second in scoring with 12 points, Gabby Cooper had 11 and Digna Strautmane had seven.

Syracuse’s Gabrielle Cooper, playing defense against Duke’s Haley Gorecki.

The 30-point difference was Syracuse’s biggest loss of the season and tied for its lowest point total.

While Odom took care of business inside the paint, Haley Gorecki and Mikayla Boykin put on a shooting clinic from mid-range and three-point land. On top of outrebounding Syracuse 47-to-33, the Orange could not keep up with Boykin.

She made five of her three-point attempts, including four in a 63-second stretch in the second quarter pushing Duke’s lead to 20 points.

Gorecki finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and nine assists.

After the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman harped on a lack of discipline from his defense and not sticking to their game plan.

“When your game is predicated on trying to create turnovers and pressure, it is tough,” said Hillsman. “Give Duke credit, they did a good job attacking our press before could set up. They attacked us downhill and we played unsettled defense pretty much the entire game.”

While down by 21 at halftime, his message to his team was, “we are still going to compete.” Coach Hillsman had no intention of stopping the press.

“I am never going to stop. Either we are going to figure it out and play our way, or we are going to have more games like this because I am not going to back down,” said Hillsman. “We need to play the way we need to play to be successful.”

Syracuse Defeats Notre Dame 74-63 in OT

January 21, 2020

Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photo by Tanner Russ SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse University women’s basketball team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 74-63 in overtime at the Carrier Dome for the first time in Quentin Hillsman’s career.   Starting off, Amaya Finklea-Guity won the jump ball and Kiara Lewis sunk a jump shot 23 seconds […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse University women’s basketball team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 74-63 in overtime at the Carrier Dome for the first time in Quentin Hillsman’s career.  

Starting off, Amaya Finklea-Guity won the jump ball and Kiara Lewis sunk a jump shot 23 seconds later. As a team, they shot 30.4% (7-for-23) from the floor, with 12 rebounds. They also forced eight Notre Dame turnovers.  

In the second quarter, Syracuse struggled to score, eventually allowing Notre Dame to tie it up with two free throws, an “and-one” and another free throw made by Mikayla Vaughn. The Orange took the lead again with back-to-back three pointers from Kiara Lewis and Emily Engstler, but by the end of the period, the score was tied at 31 heading into halftime.  

The third quarter was led by the Fighting Irish, outscoring Syracuse 18-10, shooting fifty percent from the floor and making both threes they took. Notre Dame continued this dominance into the fourth, but with just under three minutes to go, Lewis drove and made the layup, putting the Orange within two.  

The Irish stretched their lead to 60-57 when Amaya Peoples made two free throws; but with 6.9 seconds to go in the game, Lewis made a three-pointer to tie the game. Notre Dame got the ball back and had one more shot opportunity, but a block by Digna Strautmane sent the game into overtime. 

Engstler started things off with a layup and Strautmane followed shortly after. The Orange scored eleven points before the Irish’s Katlyn Gilbert made a layup. In overtime, Syracuse outscored Notre Dame 14-3, sealing the victory.  

This is the first time in his coaching career that Coach Quentin Hillsman has beat Notre Dame, and the first time Syracuse defeated them since 2002.

Michigan fends off Purdue in 2OT

January 21, 2020

Story and Photo by Nicholas D’Alessandro ANN ARBOR, M.I. – The Michigan Men’s Basketball team bounced back from their recent loss against #8 Michigan State with a gritty 84-78 double overtime win against the Purdue Boilermakers. Michigan (11-4, 2-2) was led by senior point guard Zavier Simpson, who shot 9-13 for 22 points and dished […]

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ANN ARBOR, M.I. – The Michigan Men’s Basketball team bounced back from their recent loss against #8 Michigan State with a gritty 84-78 double overtime win against the Purdue Boilermakers. Michigan (11-4, 2-2) was led by senior point guard Zavier Simpson, who shot 9-13 for 22 points and dished out 9 assists and senior center Jon Teske, who had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Purdue was led by sophomore center Travien Williams, who ended with 36 points and 20 rebounds.

Teske and freshman guard Franz Wagner accounted for Michigan’s first 13 points.  After attempting 15 shots between Matt Haarns and Williams, Purdue emphasized pounding the ball down low.

Senior center Austin Davis scored both times on his only attempts. Around the same time, Haarns got hurt and was out the rest of the night. When asked about it afterwards, Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said he was told it was a hip flexor at halftime, but he hadn’t talked to the trainer postgame yet.

Despite tight and aggressive one-on-one defense by Teske, Williams continued to make tough shots. The Wolverines held slim leads throughout most of the first half and led 32-28 at halftime.

To start the second half, Purdue got their momentum back. They had a 12-2 run early in the second half to go up 42-36, including back-to-back three pointers by freshman guard Isaiah Thompson. From then on, the teams went back and forth with a score of 47-44 with about one quarter remaining.

Every time Michigan would get momentum, it seemed as if Williams would get a big bucket to silence the crowd. With Haarns out, Painter relied on Williams and he kept delivering.

Michigan Head Coach Juwan Howard implemented a smaller line-up about halfway through the second half that paid dividends. Painter said Michigan sophomore guard David DeJulius’ bounce gave them the most trouble when the smaller lineup came in.

The lineup switch also seemed to open up the game from a scoring perspective for Simpson, and he did just that.

He didn’t attempt a shot for the first 18 minutes of the game and was 2-2 with 4 points at halftime. Simpson said afterwards that Howard told him that the defense wasn’t conducive to him scoring. The NCAA’s second-highest assist leader instead focused on facilitating and had 6 assists at halftime.

As the game was winding down, Simpson consistently scored at the hoop with crossovers and off-handed layups. He tied the game at 62, with 19 seconds left. Purdue used a timeout to draw an in-bounds play for what would be the final shot.

Sophomore guard Eric Hunter Jr. dribbled the clock out and drove to the line. He dropped it off to Williams in the paint, but Wagner blocked it just in time, sending the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, Michigan jumped out to a 66-62 lead on the heels of a Simpson drive and two made free throws. Purdue then tied it at 66 with two free throws by Williams. Purdue once again found themselves with a chance to win it on a buzzer beater. This time, Hunter took a jump shot and missed it with about four seconds left. This left time for Simpson to heave a game winner for Michigan just inside mid-court but it turned into a second overtime tied at 68.

In the second overtime, Teske started off with a three-point play followed by a Simpson three, the next time down. With Michigan fans celebrating, Franz Wagner hit a corner three to put Michigan up 77-68 with just over two and a half to play. Despite some missed free throws down the stretch, Michigan came out with the 84-78 victory.

Afterwards, Simpson said that Howard told them that double overtimes are from the neck up, meaning they are about mental focus.

Howard said Simpson is a gamer. He also added, “I’m happy we have our Tom Brady.”

Orange snap three-game skid, rolling by UMBC

January 21, 2020

Story by Bailey Arredondo, Photos by Kris Wan SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  The Orange (5-4) came off their first three-game losing streak since the 2013-14 season and over two weeks on the road. “I’m tired and I know they are tired,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman. “But with our schedule we want to get ourselves ready […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  The Orange (5-4) came off their first three-game losing streak since the 2013-14 season and over two weeks on the road. “I’m tired and I know they are tired,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman. “But with our schedule we want to get ourselves ready for the NCAA tournament and ACC play.”

The contest started with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2-7) matching Syracuse’s intensity coming out the gate and only trailed 17-15 after the first quarter. But it was Junior forward Digna Strautmane that provided the offensive spark and a 11-2 run in the last four minutes of the first half. Strautmane hit four from beyond the arc and scored 14 points for the Orange to build an unwavering lead.

Strautmane, as she shoots a layup in the game against UMBC.

“This game was different because they didn’t scout me good enough,” said Strautmane on how she was able to get into an offensive flow. “Usually the teams we play take my shot away, but today I was able to find my shot.”

Syracuse built their lead in the second half and continued to push the pace of the game. The pace transpired into largest run of the game, 28-8, over 10 minutes and a lead of 64-39 at the end of the third quarter.

The Orange dominated the glass, 50-35, and scored 40 points inside the paint. Strautmane finished with 17 points and three blocks. Amaya Finklea-Guity was efficient with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Syracuse also saw production from the bench as freshman Teisha Hyman added valuable minutes with a career-high 16 points on 60 percent shooting.

“Teisha was fantastic and a really tough guard in the half court, her effort and our effort in the second half was great,” said coach Hillsman.

Te’yjah Oliver, a 20 point per game scorer, lead UMBC with 15 points but had seven of the team’s 21 turnovers. Syracuse was everywhere on defense, forcing 12 steals and recording six blocks as a team.  

Syracuse Takes Down Boston College to Move to .500 In ACC Play

January 16, 2020

Story by Joe Trently, Photos by Nicholas D’Alessandro SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Defense, Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes: those were the storylines in tonight’s ACC matchup as the Orange welcomed the Eagles from Boston College. Syracuse didn’t slow down from their previous win at Virginia, as their current win against Boston College ended with a final score […]

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Story by Joe Trently, Photos by Nicholas D’Alessandro

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Defense, Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes: those were the storylines in tonight’s ACC matchup as the Orange welcomed the Eagles from Boston College.

Syracuse didn’t slow down from their previous win at Virginia, as their current win against Boston College ended with a final score of 76-50 tonight at the Carrier Dome. The Orange defense held Boston College to just 19.2% from the field in the first half as well as 0-14 from beyond the arc.

Buddy Boeheim outscored the entire Boston College team in the first half with 15 points. Syracuse defense held the Eagles to just 13 points in the same half.

“I was just really trying to get in the lane and finish around the rim,” Boeheim said. “I’ve been trying to work on that and become more than just a shooter for this team, especially getting deeper into conference play.”

Boeheim finished with 22 points and went 9-17 from the field.

It took a minute for Elijah Hughes to get going, but when he did, he couldn’t be stopped. Hughes didn’t score until there was around 5:45 left in the first half, but ended with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. He elaborated on how tough it is to win in the ACC.

“Every win is precious in this league,” Hughes said. “We have the right mindset that we have a great group of guys, and we’re all just dialed in.”

Another key contributor for the Orange was the junior forward, Marek Dolezaj, who was the only player with a double-double in the game. He finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Boston College didn’t get much support as a team, as CJ Felder was the only player who made a big impact for the Eagles. Felder ended up with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Jairus Hamilton also ended with 9 points.

The Orange’s freshman point guard, Joe Girard, kept up with the vets, finishing with 12 points.

Here are some of the standout numbers that the Orange put up:

 

  • Shot 100% from the free throw line (12-12)
  • Shot 51.9% from the field as a team
  • Held Boston College to just 13 points in the first half
  • Held Boston College to 0-14 from beyond the arc in the first half, and 6-30 overall (20%)
  • Put up an even 38 points in both halves (76 total)
  • Went 8-18 from three-point range (44.4%)

 

With this win, the Orange now move to 10-7 overall, and 3-3 in the ACC.

 

 

 

 

 

No. 14 Michigan has commanding victory against first-time opponent Presbyterian

January 14, 2020

Story and Photo by Nicholas D’Alessandro ANN ARBOR, M.I. – The No. 14 Michigan Wolverines bounced back after a tough overtime loss against the No. 8 Oregon Ducks last weekend with a resounding 86-44 victory over the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Michigan raced out to an early 9-2 lead at […]

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ANN ARBOR, M.I. – The No. 14 Michigan Wolverines bounced back after a tough overtime loss against the No. 8 Oregon Ducks last weekend with a resounding 86-44 victory over the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena.
Michigan raced out to an early 9-2 lead at the first media timeout right after the Wolverines’ starting forward Isaiah Livers was fouled and injured while going up for a dunk. He left the game soon after and did not return. After the game, Coach Juwan Howard did not have an update on the injury.
Michigan pounded the ball inside and played the height advantage of 7-1 Jon Teske against the Blue Hose’s 6-8 forward Ben Drake and 6-7 forward Cory Hightower throughout the first half. At the break, Teske was 4-6 with 11 points, leading all scorers.
With Livers’ 14.6 points per game missing, Michigan had to rely on other players to fill the role. Sophomore guard Adrien Nunez was one player who stepped up scoring five points off the bench followed by sophomore guard David DeJulius coming in and knocking down two triples. Michigan relied on their stifling defense throughout the first half to hold the Blue Hose to 6-25 shooting for 24% and 0-9 from three. They led 38-15 at the half.
Presbyterian’s leading scorer coming into the game was Flint, Michigan native Cory Hightower who averages 12.3 points per game. Michigan was able to hold him to no points in the first half and 4 points later in the game.
The beginning of the second half was centered around Eli Brooks. The sophomore guard for Michigan scored 8 points within a 1:17 span to put Michigan up 48-18.
The Blue Hose hit a streak towards the middle of the second half, thanks to freshman forward Owen McCormack knocking down back to back threes, including one to beat the shot clock.
Michigan senior guard Zavier Simpson then hit a bit of a streak himself, scoring all three of his field goals midway through the half, including two drives to the bucket to push the lead to 70-33 with 8:42 to go.
Down the stretch, Michigan utilized the rest of their roster to finish off the victory. By the end, 14 of the 15 players on the roster saw game action. The only player who didn’t was sophomore forward Brandon Johns Jr., who was out with an illness.
Michigan shot 28-53 on the game (52.8%), while holding the Blue Hose to 17-60 on the game (28.3%). Michigan also had 14 assists to 10 turnovers.
After the game, Michigan Head Coach Juwan Howard alluded to the high number of turnovers.
“We need to look for some singles instead of homeruns,” he said.
The Wolverines improve to 9-3 on the season, with the Blue Hose going back to Clinton, South Carolina with a 2-10 record.

A Crushing defeat for the Orange against Hokies

January 13, 2020

Story and Featured Image by Vanity Delbridge, Gallery Photos by Sharif King SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The 8-6 Syracuse Orange were off to a good start in the first half against the 11-3 Virginia Tech Hokies where they led by 12 points going into the second half. Elijah Hughes led the team with 18 points and […]

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Story and Featured Image by Vanity Delbridge, Gallery Photos by Sharif King

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The 8-6 Syracuse Orange were off to a good start in the first half against the 11-3 Virginia Tech Hokies where they led by 12 points going into the second half.
Elijah Hughes led the team with 18 points and scored an additional 3-pointer from beyond the arc in just under two minutes, bringing the Orange within three for a 62-59 score.
The Hokies came in undersized against Syracuse, but it was no stop for freshman Jalen Cone who played 19 minutes and scoring 19 points – 16 of which came in the second half.
The Orange controlled the rhythm of the game, dominating on the defensive end, leading 40-31 with 12 minutes left in the game with the Hokies making five, 3-pointers out of 18 attempts.
Quincy Guerrier, the only reserve to play for the Orange, put up 12 points along with 9 rebounds in addition to a 3-point conversion late in the game to cut Virginia Tech’s 65-62 lead.
The Orange kept watch for the Hokies’ high scoring freshman, Landers Nolley, holding him to 2-for-7 field goal shooting, with just four points in the first half.
Nolley averages 17.1 points per game.
Joe Girard had a rather dismal game coming off Saturday’s one-point loss to Notre Dame scoring only 12 points, of which only two came in the second half.
Both teams’ field goal percentage shooting was just under fifty percent and both had frequent fouls, 17 for the Orange and 18 for the Hokies.

Despite multiple attempts to cut the lead close, Virginia Tech’s quick action play, pressured defense and outnumbering in assists, helped in securing the 67-63 win over the Orange.
Syracuse falls to 1-2 in the ACC, the last two losses happening at home.
There’s still hope for the Orange as their next matchup is Saturday against 11-3 Virginia.
Virginia is 3-1 in the conference.

Cardinals Find Holes in Orange Defense

December 4, 2019

Story and Photo by Alyssa Lyons LOUISVILLE, K.Y. —  Louisville’s Micale Cunningham looked a lot like his predecessor, Lamar Jackson, as Syracuse defense gives up 608 yards against the Cardinals for a 56-34 final. Saturday’s cold and windy forecast alluded to the performance of the Syracuse defense: misdirected and inconsistent. For the fourth time of […]

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LOUISVILLE, K.Y. —  Louisville’s Micale Cunningham looked a lot like his predecessor, Lamar Jackson, as Syracuse defense gives up 608 yards against the Cardinals for a 56-34 final.

Saturday’s cold and windy forecast alluded to the performance of the Syracuse defense: misdirected and inconsistent. For the fourth time of the 2019 season, ‘Cuse defense allowed over 600 total yards: Maryland (650), Clemson (612) and Boston College (691). A gapping comparison to Syracuse 510 on the game, 300 earned in the second half.

The defense struggled to contain Cunningham and the rushing performance of the Cardinals totaling 238 passing yards and 370 on the ground. Cunningham finished the night with 298 total yards, and six touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Syracuse offensive line allowed two sacks on Tommy DeVito, adding to their resume of the second worst offensive line in the country. The Orange headed into the locker room 28-10 at the half, hoping for a different outcome to finish the series; that’s exactly what they got, and then some.

Despite the offensive line being awry, ‘Cuse managed to secure some missed opportunities in their rushing game, scoring 24 points and averaging 9 yards per play with 261 rushing yards. In the hands of Moe Neal, the Orange found consistency. Neal set the tone with 163 yards on 20 carries, with 8.2 yards per carry. The senior ran for a 45-yard touchdown, making the score 35-20. An answer by the Cardinals, sent Orange Sophomore Jarveon Howard rounding out the third quarter with a 16-yard rushing touchdown.

A fourth quarter, quarterback change-up put the game in the hands of Clayton Welch with 9:55 left to go. A screen pass to Jawhar Jordan put the Orange in the red-zone with an 81-yard drive. The freshman racked up 223-yards against Louisville. Jordan outworked the Cardinals defense, with 33 rushing yards, 87 receiving, and 101 on special teams.

A plague of false starts would falter the aggressive mark Syracuse was taking to get back in the game, a false start on left tackle Airon Servais moved the Orange back to the 16-yard line. On fourth and goal, another false start moved Syracuse back to the 18-yard line. Welch looked to Taj Harris, but it was caught six yards too short, ending back-to-back redzone chances for an Orange scoring opportunity.

The Orange Dominate at the Dome Against Bucknell

December 3, 2019

Story and Photos by Vanity Delbridge SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With a relatively smaller crowd in attendance for last week’s game against the 2-3 Bucknell Bison, the 4-1 Orange came to win. Shooting a 56.1 field goal percentage, ‘Cuse put up an impressive 51 points in the first half. Leading the way in scoring was Buddy […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With a relatively smaller crowd in attendance for last week’s game against the 2-3 Bucknell Bison, the 4-1 Orange came to win.
Shooting a 56.1 field goal percentage, ‘Cuse put up an impressive 51 points in the first half.
Leading the way in scoring was Buddy Boeheim with a career high of 22 points and 4 assists in 23 minutes.
Boeheim left the game with twelve minutes left in the second half.
The Orange had good possession of the ball with 44 rebounds, twelve offensively and 32 defensively.
Elijah Hughes put up 21 points, 16 of which came in the first half along with six rebounds and five assists.
Jesse Edwards also showed his ability to make baskets in the paint and from the perimeter.
The 6’11, 216 lb center played 14 minutes and put up ten points with five rebounds.
Syracuse was slow in transition in the second half with about seven minutes left in the quarter and would miss some easy shots when not being defended by Bucknell.
Both teams had foul trouble with a combined nine in the last three minutes of the game.
The Orange also put up a quick eight points within the last three minutes, two of which came off the glass.
Despite 15 turnovers, the Orange collectively had good stats with 13 blocks, 25 assists and 14 steals.
Bucknell was defensively defeated in a 46-97 blow-out.

Syracuse WBB Remains Undefeated

November 16, 2019

Story by Tanner Russ, Photos by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse’s women’s basketball team entered the game against University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), with a slow start en route to the 65-50 win on Tuesday. “We just want to continue to progress, play hard, and try to get starting rotations in the game, […]

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Story by Tanner Russ, Photos by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Syracuse’s women’s basketball team entered the game against University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), with a slow start en route to the 65-50 win on Tuesday.

“We just want to continue to progress, play hard, and try to get starting rotations in the game, and play clean basketball,” said coach Quentin Hillsman after the game. “So far, so good.”

The Orange had to dig themselves out of a 10-2 deficit early but found themselves in the lead 14-13 at the end of the quarter. The turning point in the streak was thanks to Syracuse’s guard.

Junior Kiara Lewis intercepted a pass and ran it three quarters of the way down the court for the go-ahead layup midway through the first quarter. The second quarter was where ‘Cuse really separated themselves. Solid shooting outside and bruising inside the paint led to a 29-20 tally at the end of the second quarter.

The heavy lifting in the first half was done in large part thanks to sophomore Emily Engstler. The 6’1” guard put up 11 points and 6 rebounds in the first half, carrying the bulk of the Orange’s scoring for the first 20 minutes, and ending the half on an emphatic block.

Another strong part of the half was Syracuse’s outside shooting. Of the Orange’s 10 baskets, 7 came from beyond the arc, three of them from Engstler.

“I think it’s just about confidence,” Engstler said. “When you have some, it makes the game a lot easier. You make a couple shots, you’re not afraid to shoot the ball.”

Hillsman noted that his starting sophomore was able to buy time for the rest of the offense to find its footing.

“She was very aggressive in the game, that was the big thing,” Hillsman said. “I want to continue to see her play hard and get down the floor. I thought she put her head down and went to the bucket when should could have taken the three, but she’s shooting the ball well. She’s got to continue to be aggressive and take what the defense is giving her.”

The third quarter was a continuation of the same. Syracuse leapt out to a 38-22 lead in the first four minutes of the quarter, in part thanks to the shooting of senior guard Gabrielle Cooper. The Orange never looked back, finishing the third stanza 46-29.

The final quarter was the only quarter where the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks scored more than Syracuse, 21-19 in this frame, but it was too little too late. Syracuse finished out the game 65-50 to move to 2-0 on the season.

“I figured we were moving the ball well, we were playing off of what they were giving us,” Cooper said.

It was a big night not only for Engstler, who finished with 15 points, but also for Cooper and junior forward Digna Strautmane. Cooper finished the game with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Strautmane had 17 total points, including 5-of-9 from beyond. There were 37 shots from beyond the arc for Syracuse during the game.

“Coach just told me to shoot more, so I was shooting,” Strautmane said.

20thranked Syracuse will move on to face off against the Albany Great Danes (1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 16. After that, they face the No. 1 ranked team in the country when they host the University of Oregon (2-0) on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Orange Bounce Back Against Fellow NY foe

November 14, 2019

Story by Nicholas D’Alessandro, Photo by Maria Trivelpiece  SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange defeated the Colgate Raiders by a score of 70-54 on Wednesday evening at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse got their first win of the season behind strong performances by Buddy Boeheim (17 points., 6 assists) and Elijah Hughes (14 points., 8 assists). […]

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Story by Nicholas D’Alessandro, Photo by Maria Trivelpiece 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange defeated the Colgate Raiders by a score of 70-54 on Wednesday evening at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse got their first win of the season behind strong performances by Buddy Boeheim (17 points., 6 assists) and Elijah Hughes (14 points., 8 assists).

The Raiders had an early 9-1 lead behind three pointers from Tucker Richardson, Will Rayman, and Jack Ferguson. Syracuse shook off their slow start behind back-to-back threes from Buddy Boeheim, tying the game at 11 points, about nine minutes in.

For the rest of the half, Syracuse repeatedly built a small lead, only to let Colgate trim it or tie the game. Elijah Hughes played a big role in the offensive outburst on Syracuse’s end. He didn’t get his first bucket until 7:28 left in the half but found a stride and went into halftime with 7 points.

In the second half, it was all Orange. Marek Dolezaj got the half started with a lay-up and a spin move, followed by a thunderous dunk the next time down the floor. Joe Girard III hit a three soon after, and the hit Bourama Sidibe for an alley-oop right after.

With 7:33 left to play, the Orange had their biggest lead at 58-34. From there, the Raiders made a nice offensive push, but it was too little too late and the Orange prevailed.

Notably, after the game, Coach Jim Boeheim said that Girard would be taking over for Jalen Carey at starting point guard on Saturday night, against the Seattle Redhawks. Though his stats didn’t jump off the sheet, Boeheim said he thought Girard played good defense, stabilizing the offense.

The Raiders lived and died by the three and SU made sure it wasn’t going to be the former. They held Colgate to 31.7% from behind the arc. They also only allowed the Raiders to shoot seven free throws the entire game.

Boeheim was happy with the defense but said the offense still needs work. “You got four new guys who have got a lot of work to do to get fit together and we need game experience,” he said.
He then mentioned that he needs to get a group that gets used to playing with each other, as you cannot have consistency with 9 or 10 guys playing significant minutes.

Boeheim was also happy that Buddy was being more aggressive. “We got more rebounds because he was penetrating,” he said. He also added that freshman John Bol Ajak will redshirt this season.

Buddy Boeheim, with the ball.

Roars cold be heard from the spatters of Colgate fans around the Carrier Dome. With Colgate only being approximately 40 miles down the road, it was expected that Syracuse’s fellow Upstate neighbor was going to have a presence.

The Syracuse student section, Otto’s Army, released a statement before the game encouraging students not to attend as a protest in light of how they felt the university handled recent hate crimes on campus, making for a nearly empty student section.

The Orange will be back at the Carrier Dome this Saturday to take on the Seattle Redhawks at 7PM on the ACC Network.

Women’s Basketball Opens Season With Win Against Ohio  

November 9, 2019

Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Tze Kiu Wan   SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Head Coach Quentin Hillsman knew that the Ohio University Bobcats were going to be a tough matchup for his team. “That’s why we scheduled them,” he said. After the first quarter, it looked as if the Syracuse Women’s basketball team may be […]

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Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Tze Kiu Wan

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Head Coach Quentin Hillsman knew that the Ohio University Bobcats were going to be a tough matchup for his team. “That’s why we scheduled them,” he said.

After the first quarter, it looked as if the Syracuse Women’s basketball team may be starting their season 0-1. After ten minutes of play, they trailed 22-10. They were only four-for-18 from the floor and had nine turnovers.

“Ohio had an urgency that they come up with at the beginning of the game,” said Coach Hillsman. “We didn’t have that same sense of urgency.”

Between quarters, Hillsman addressed this and the Orange came out with the urgency they lacked in the first. They outscored the Bobcats 21 to eight in the second, shooting 62.5% from three-point range and snagging eleven rebounds. To end the half, Taleah Washington made a shot to put Syracuse up by one.

“I give my kids a lot of credit,” said Hillsman. “They fought hard.”

They carried their fight into the second half, outscoring Ohio 35-24. They shot 14-for-32 from the floor and had 27 rebounds. Kiara Lewis notched 12 points in the half and 17 total on the night. Even with the tough-fought battle against a hard-nosed opponent, the Orange still have some work to do.

They had 18 turnovers and only shot fifty percent from the free-throw line.

“I’m not going to let them settle,” said Hillsman.

The team agreed, taking accountability for their individual downfalls in the game.

“I had six of the turnovers myself,” said Kiara Lewis, a redshirt junior guard. “That can’t happen. We have to get better and we’re going to get better.”

Syracuse will be home again Tuesday, Nov. 12 to take on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at 8:00 pm.

Syracuse Defense Struggles Against Boston College

November 9, 2019

Story By Maria Trivelpiece, Photos By Nicholas D’Alessandro SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse headed into their game on Saturday with hopes of picking up their first ACC win, and it initially seemed as if they might get it. After each team’s opening drives, the Orange led 7-3. The rest of the first quarter was a series […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse headed into their game on Saturday with hopes of picking up their first ACC win, and it initially seemed as if they might get it. After each team’s opening drives, the Orange led 7-3.

The rest of the first quarter was a series of lead changes. Boston College scored on a 29-yard run from David Bailey. The next Eagles’ drive resulted in a fumble recovered by Andre Cisco that eventually led to an Andre Szmyt field goal.  

Boston College fumbled again on their next possession, but this time the Orange converted with a touchdown. Heading into the second quarter, Syracuse leads, 17-10.

Syracuse’s defense started to collapse as thirty-eight seconds into the second quarter, Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel found Koby White for a 64-yard touchdown. The Orange responded with a field goal of their own, but it was one of the last times they would score.

Boston College scored touchdowns on their next three possessions on a pass from Grosel to Zay Flowers, a 51-yard run by AJ Dillon, and finally a pass from Grosel to Miranda.  At the end of the first half they led the Orange 44-20. 

Trishton Jackson, celebrating.

Syracuse’s final score of the game was an 85-yard pass from DeVito to Trishton Jackson toward the end of the third. Dillon ran for two more touchdowns, one in the third and another in the fourth, with a final score of 58-27. 

Dillon ran for a season-high of 242 yards and David Bailey followed closely behind with 172. As a team, Boston College rushed for 511 yards.

“Our defense just got tired of hitting Dillon,” said Head Coach Dino Babers. “Obviously I’m extremely disappointed about the outcome of the game. I think they played really hard, but the score didn’t show it.”  

The Orange have a bye-week and will then head to Duke. Babers said that going into their break, the team has to, “dig deep and find something out” about themselves.