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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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.

Pittsburgh’s Defense Stifles Syracuse, Orange Remain Winless in Conference

October 24, 2019

Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photo by Noah Lowy SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a slow start for both Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but it was Pittsburgh’s defense that recorded nine sacks en route to their fourth-straight victory. The Panthers knocked off the Orange 27-20 inside the Dome. Four punts to start the game before Pitt (5-2, 2-1 […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a slow start for both Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but it was Pittsburgh’s defense that recorded nine sacks en route to their fourth-straight victory.

The Panthers knocked off the Orange 27-20 inside the Dome.

Four punts to start the game before Pitt (5-2, 2-1 ACC) finally got their offense rolling. The Panthers moved the ball down the field for 52-yards on seven plays and broke the tie with a 47-yard field goal from Alex Kessman.

Syracuse (3-4, 0-3 ACC) got some momentum going after Maurice Ffrench muffed a punt return and Cameron Jordan recovered it. A sack and a penalty forced the Orange to kick a 28-yard field from Andre Szmyt to tie the game with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

Ensuing Panthers possession, quarterback Kenny Pickett threw a 43-yard touchdown strike to Aaron Mathews off a flea-flicker trick play to put Pitt up 10-3 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.

To start the second quarter, Syracuse was driving deep into Pittsburgh territory.

The Orange had first-and-goal from the four-yard line, but could not find the end zone and settled for a Szmyt 20-yard field goal.

Pittsburgh got the ball on Syracuse’s 39-yard line after forcing a punt deep in Orange territory.

The Panthers took five plays to go 39-yards, capped off by an A.J. Davis 5-yard touchdown rush putting Pittsburgh up 17-6 with 4:53 left in the first half.

Syracuse goes three-and-out and next Pittsburgh possession, they score once more. Pickett connected with Ffrench from 14-yards out with 23-seconds left on the clock in the second quarter.

That touchdown sent Pitt to halftime with the 24-6 lead.

TOMMY DEVITO INJURED, IN COMES CLAYTON WELCH:

After both Syracuse and Pitt punted, Clayton Welch entered the game for an injured Tommy DeVito at the 12-minute mark in the third quarter. DeVito took a hit to the shoulder after he escaped the pocket. He left the game with no return.

On third-and-eight, Welch dropped a dime to Taj Harris who shrugged off the cornerback for a 94-yard touchdown reception.

Welch’s first career touchdown pass cut into Pittsburgh’s lead. Syracuse was down 24-13 with 11:12 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Syracuse had a third-down and two-yards to go, Welch was sacked and the 49-yard field goal attempt by Szmyt was hooked left.

Pitt added a 34-yard field goal with 7:03 remaining, extending their lead by two touchdowns.

Welch led Syracuse on a 15 play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Welch to Aaron Hackett four-yard reception, Hackett’s fourth touchdown of the season.

Syracuse could not stop Pittsburgh on a third-and-two and the Panthers ran out the clock, securing the 27-20 victory.

HEAR FROM DINO:

Head Coach Dino Babers saw Welch play the most football he ever has in an Orange uniform and said he could not be more proud.

“It was good to see him finally get out there as a senior,” Babers said. “It might be his last time playing football.”

After giving up nine sacks, no team has given up more sacks this season than Syracuse as their season total climbs to 35.

Through seven games, Syracuse’s offensive line is exposed and Coach Babers says it’s time for a reevaluation.

“Everyone’s job is in jeopardy,” said Babers. “It’s not fair to keep playing the same guys if the results do not change. There are certain guys in the game that are not doing good enough.”

This is the second game in a row that DeVito has exited with an injury. DeVito finished the night 11-for-23 with 101 yards.

Coach Babers said Tommy wanted to go back out.

“You have done enough,” said Babers. “Those guys are like my stepsons and that hit was enough for me. I did not need to see him go through that again.”

Seven games into the season and Syracuse is 3-4, remaining winless in the conference. Syracuse will now travel south to Tallahassee to face the Florida State Seminoles.

For Syracuse, the clock is ticking with five games left, they need to win three to become bowl eligible.

Coach Babers would not say who he would start as quarterback against Florida State. He said it is all about how guys heal.

Kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m.

Esports Class Visits NYC to see Tournament

October 7, 2019

Story by Kyla Wright, Photos by Olivia Stomski BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In Fall 2018, Syracuse held its first “Esports and Media” class, taught by Olivia Stomski, Director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, and Chris Hanson, an assistant English professor at the University. In the same semester, the class visited ESL One New York for […]

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Story by Kyla Wright, Photos by Olivia Stomski

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In Fall 2018, Syracuse held its first “Esports and Media” class, taught by Olivia Stomski, Director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, and Chris Hanson, an assistant English professor at the University. In the same semester, the class visited ESL One New York for its third annual Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament.
Last month, Stomski and Hanson returned with their new class of students to experience “the biggest esports event on the East Coast.” They watched eight teams battle for the grand prize of $200,000.

Rubin Wright, a senior in the esports class, attended the tournament both years and has noticed growth within the year. Wright took the class not only due to his interest in video games but also because he knows esports is a field that’ll potentially rival the sports industry in 10-15 years.

“Believe it or not, video games and tech are becoming up to par with actual sports,” said Wright.

Syracuse alum, Sunghwan Kim ‘14, is a Junior Account Executive for Brand Partnerships at ESL. He works with brands and agencies to educate them on esports and help them figure out how to best approach esports from a marketing opportunity perspective with ESL. Kim gave a tour to the class before Sunday’s tournament. The tour was Wright’s favorite part of the day’s events, because he appreciated the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes of the tournament.

“I liked being able to witness the production side,” said Wright. “From seeing producers work to getting the product to an online streaming platform.”

Kim showed the students backstage aspects from lighting and cameras, to the press area and production trucks. He additionally gave a tour of the concourse where students saw brand activations with a variety of ESL’s partners such as Pepsi, Sony, Intel and ASUS.

“ESL has been running some of the largest esports competitions all over the world for close to two decades,” said Kim. “For us to use an amazing venue like Barclays Center, provides a great opportunity and challenge to fit our scope of work in a multi-purpose facility.”

As a fellow Orangeman, Kim credits Syracuse for its strong network and relationships while he was a student and in his post-graduate career – an inspiration behind creating this experience for the class.

“If there are any opportunities to provide insight, make connections, then I want to give back in the same way that I received,” said Kim.

 

Orange Winless Since Holy Cross

October 7, 2019

Story by Kienan Dixon, Photos by Julianna D’Urzo SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Tommy DeVito and the Orange haven’t gained a win since they beat Holy Cross 41-3, over a month ago. DeVito showed poise against Holy Cross, pitching four touchdown passes for 269 yards. The redshirt sophomore was 19-31 through the air, with a late pick […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. Tommy DeVito and the Orange haven’t gained a win since they beat Holy Cross 41-3, over a month ago.

DeVito showed poise against Holy Cross, pitching four touchdown passes for 269 yards. The redshirt sophomore was 19-31 through the air, with a late pick on an underthrown pass.

DeVito left the fourth quarter with an apparent elbow injury.

The QB’s main targets were Taj Harris, who he found for 6 receptions and 107 yards. Harris was also one of four beneficiaries of a DeVito dime that found the end zone, as the Orange showed diversity in their offensive threat through the air. Joining Harris in the touchdown column were Aaron Hackett, Triston Jackson and Luke Benson.

The defense held strong, sacking Holy Cross quarterback Connor Degenhardt five times and holding the Crusaders to just 138 yards of offense. They also held Holy Cross to 18 yards on 32 attempts.

Andrew Armstrong led the Orange’s defense with eight tackles, including three for a loss. Brandon Berry got to Degenhardt often, sacking him 2.5 times with five total tackles.

On the downside, Syracuse did not record an interception for the first time in 17 games, which was the longest current record in the country. On the upside, the Orange continued its takeaway streak with one fumble recovered. The streak gets pushed to 19 games, the third-longest in the country.

The  fumble set up a 17-yard touchdown pass from DeVito to Jackson.

The most impressive play of the day was a 47-yard catch and run for a touchdown by Taj Harris in the third quarter. Harris caught a pass ten yards downfield, then reversed field to beat every Crusader to the end zone.

The Orange’s losing streak began at NC State where the score was 10-16.

DeVito is the Future of Orange Football

September 25, 2019

Story by: Darron Wallace, Photo by: Michelle Knezovic SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Nearly three weeks into the 2019 season, Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and has a 30.9 QBR. This was supposed to be the year that head coach Dino Babers gave DeVito the keys to the Porsche. So far, the […]

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Story by: Darron Wallace, Photo by: Michelle Knezovic

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Nearly three weeks into the 2019 season, Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and has a 30.9 QBR. This was supposed to be the year that head coach Dino Babers gave DeVito the keys to the Porsche. So far, the Porsche is driving more like a hooptie. Coach Babers came to Syracuse with a reputation of coaching teams with fast-paced and high-scoring offenses. This year’s offense has been far from that. Though there have been some injuries and adjustments made to the offensive line in addition to former QB Eric Dungey graduating, this year’s offense was expected to pick up where they left off. After last weekend’s 41-6 defeat to Clemson, it may be time to look at the man under center and wonder what’s going on.

Turnovers, really bad turnovers
Through three games, DeVito has thrown four interceptions and two of them were particularly puzzling. While playing Maryland, DeVito rolled to his right but unable to find a receiver, forced him to pass down the field — apprearing as if it was intended for the defensive back. Against Clemson, he threw a pick that was similar to the one against Maryland and it came at the absolute worst possible time. Chris Fredrick picked off Trevor Lawrence and set the Orange up inside the 10. During the next play, a pick was thrown to a Clemson defender with no Syracuse receiver in a ten yard radius. If the Orange would’ve found a way to come away with a touchdown then it would’ve been a different ball game.
“I was disappointed that it kind of happened in the same place in the same situation and I talked to him about that,” said Babers in reference to the similar plays. “It was one of those reactionary things and I didn’t think I would be talking about it again, but I really don’t believe it’s going to happen again. I really think that that’s it and that we’ll grow from it.” Those sort of mistakes from DeVito pose the question if he’s capable of leading a high-powered offense, but Coach Babers is adamant that he is the guy.

Indecision
Another one of DeVito’s apparent struggles was his indecisiveness in the pocket. Potentially due to offensive line instability or lack of confidence; when standing tall and stepping into his throws, DeVito looked his greatest. Though the Orange didn’t score any touchdowns, they looked their best when their leader looked confident. Throughout the night, the signal caller was throwing off his back foot or flat footed, resulting in off-target or mistimed throws. If Taj Harris catches the slant route in the first quarter, could that have changed the way DeVito played the rest of the game? Maybe. Regardless, for an offense that’s fast-paced and based on timing, stepping up in the pocket and making timely throws are crucial to an offense operating on schedule. If DeVito can make that adjustment, perhaps he can look like the DeVito that fans sparatically saw last season. If not, there won’t be much to be excited about for the rest of the season.

No one knows what other SU quarterbacks have to offer. Clayton Welch checked into the end of the game, but it didn’t mean much. Other than that, no one can say that there’s an answer outside of DeVito. It’s his team. This team will live and die by the play of Tommy DeVito.

What Happens Next?
It’s important to see growth from DeVito after the last few games. The recent game against Western Michigan was a great opportunity to see how the young quarterback could bounce back from a lackluster performance, albeit against one of the top defenses in the nation. Syracuse won comfortably, meaning there is still hope for an 8 or 9-win season.
The Clemson game was winnable. After Fredrick’s interception, if Syracuse would’ve found the end zone after that play, it could’ve been a 17-13 game.
“It is just a lot of growing, just trying to get better every game moving forward,” said DeVito. “I am just trying to be the best leader possible and try to move the offense down the field.”
It is imperative that DeVito corrects his mistakes from the first three weeks and helps turn the offense back into the high-paced production that it was last year. It’s too early to write the Orange off and this small homestand comes at the right time. If the offensive line can get back on track and the defense continues to give opposing teams fits, we could see Syracuse fighting for a bowl game, but the team can only go as far as DeVito can carry them.

Orange get spark back after defeating Western Michigan

September 25, 2019

Story by Racquel Stephen, Photo by Kris Wan SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a much-needed win for Syracuse as the Orange defeated Western Michigan 55-42 after a crushing loss to Clemson (41-6) at home the previous weekend. The Orange’s running game dominated the first quarter with a 60-yard rush by quarterback Tommy DeVito placing Syracuse […]

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Story by Racquel Stephen, Photo by Kris Wan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a much-needed win for Syracuse as the Orange defeated Western Michigan 55-42 after a crushing loss to Clemson (41-6) at home the previous weekend. The Orange’s running game dominated the first quarter with a 60-yard rush by quarterback Tommy DeVito placing Syracuse in the red zone on the second play of the game. SU’s star running back, Moe Neal, completed the drive, rushing into the endzone scoring the Orange’s first touchdown only 1:30 into the first quarter.
Later in the quarter, WMU loses their star receiver, Dwayne Eskridge after suffering a collar bone injury when colliding with defense on a deep pass. The Broncos were forced to rearrange their offensive strategy, while SU managed to score another TD with 5:29 left in the quarter.
The Orange’s defense only allowed one 4th down conversion of five attempts. The offense remained unstoppable in the second quarter with a 36-yard TD by DeVito on the first drive of the 2nd quarter, putting SU ahead 21-0.
As the Broncos began to utilize their star running back, Levante Bellamy, he finally put points on the board for the away team with nine minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Bellamy was later sidelined in the 3rd quarter with an injury.
With two offensive juggernauts out of the game, the Bronco’s offense took a big hit while DeVito made magic with Trishton Jackson (WR) and Aaron Hackett (TE) in the final half connecting with both players six times for 189 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jackson was named ACC receiver of the week for his performance in Saturday’s game.
“I thought that they were extremely focused, and maybe even a little embarrassed about some of the things that had happened recently,” said Orange Head Coach, Dino Babers. “They thought about the Orange in front of their chest and not their names on the back.” He said about the offensive spark that carried the team this week.
SU’s record is even again, at 2-2 going into their match up with Holy Cross on Saturday.