Syracuse frontcourt outrebounds, outhustles North Carolina bigs

first_imgNorth Carolina’s offense has its fair share of issues, but when it gets a chance to run it becomes dangerous.To counter that, Jim Boeheim laid out two major things Syracuse needed to do in order to stave off an upset.His first goal was simple: Get back on defense. The next was just as easy to say, but harder to do.“Rebound the basketball.”“I just thought we did a really good job, our best job on the boards all year, really,” the head coach said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe No. 2 Orange (16-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) out-rebounded the Tar Heels 41-35 to keep UNC (10-6, 0-3) at bay and pick up a win in front of the 32,121 that made up the largest on-campus crowd of the season.Jerami Grant paved the way with an eight-rebound first half and finished with a double-double of 12 and 12. Rakeem Christmas followed suit and grabbed eight rebounds of his own, as did C.J. Fair.North Carolina’s strength lies on the interior with James Michael McAdoo and Brice Johnson, but on Saturday they couldn’t hang with SU’s frontcourt. “It was our will to go get it and I think it’s easier to rebound when they take shots from the inside instead of if you shoot 3s, it’s going to be a long rebound,” Fair said. “The majority of their offense is get the ball inside and we were able to cover that.”The Tar Heels entered Saturday’s game making fewer 3s per game than all but two teams in the country, but also ranked 33rd in the country in rebound margin. Syracuse played UNC to its weakness — North Carolina made just two 3s — but also outworked the Tar Heels at their own game.“Rebounding is a big part of success in any game, and for us to get the job done on the boards against a good rebounding team it shows a good sign for us,” Fair said.The Orange’s success on the boards let it get out in transition, guard Tyler Ennis said, but it was just as important in getting SU second chances.In the first half, Ennis missed a layup, but Christmas got his hand on the ball to keep it in the air. The ball fell to Ennis who was able to put it back for two points. Syracuse actually shot a worse percentage than UNC, but attempted nine more field goals. “It helps everybody,” Ennis said, “so that’s got to be our main focus: Getting stops, first of all, and then rebounding.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Fast reactions from No. 6 Syracuse’s 19-6 win over Siena

first_img Published on February 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco For the fourth consecutive year, No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) opened the season with a victory over Siena (0-1), this one ending 19-6. Despite a slow start in which SU only led by one with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter, a 9-0 run in the middle of the game propelled Syracuse another win against the Saints.Here are three quick takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win.Syracuse’s defense would be fine even without Nick MellenThe Orange started three new defenders on opening day with Nick Mellen still out due to injury and the graduation of two seniors. At times in the first quarter, the defense struggled to keep Siena away from the net. The Saints would drive inside and find themselves with just goalie Evan Molloy to beat.The struggles from the defense early showed with Siena’s third goal of the game. Senior defenseman Joe Arcarese picked up the ball and ran down the sideline. He pushed toward the goal and began falling, but had enough time get a shot off, putting the ball past Molloy and cutting the deficit to one.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHowever, after that goal, Syracuse went on a 9-0 run. And when Siena would begin to press on the Orange, SU’s defense found stability. The trio of Tyson Bomberry, Scott Firman and Marcus Cunningham accumulated nine ground balls and caused two turnovers, helping jumpstart the offense.After Siena’s third goal of the game with 4:18 left in the first quarter, the defense buckled down and allowed just three goals over the next two and a half quarters.Jordan Evans and Nick Mariano are making up for loss of Dylan DonahueLast season the offense ran through now-graduated Dylan Donahue. He was the “quarterback” of the team, as SU head coach John Desko said.With the loss of Donahue, senior Jordan Evans was expected to step up and become the new quarterback. He was the most experienced on attack and sported SU’s legendary No. 22 jersey. In SU’s season-opening win, he and Nick Mariano, the Orange’s leading scorer last season, facilitated the offense.On one play, Siena goalie Aaron Lewis ran out of the net, trying to clear the ball. He turned and tried to pass across the field, only to be stopped by Evans. Quickly picking up the ball, Evans found a wide open Mariano, who had an open net in front of him. On another, Mariano sat behind the net and found Evans slashing toward Lewis. He fired a pass in and Evans scored his third goal of the game.Neither player brings the exact same skill set as Donahue and they may need each other’s help to run the offense. But today, the two worked together and created countless opportunities for the Orange.Amid all questions entering the year, Ben Williams is the one constantThere were a lot of unknowns with Syracuse entering the season. Half of the team’s top six scorers had graduated and a brand new defense was starting the first game.But SU still had Ben Williams. Williams has been one of the most reliable players for SU throughout his career. Today was not different. Syracuse’s FOGO won 15-of-22 at the X and helped create a smooth transition for SU on offense.After winning the faceoff and getting a few steps on the opposition, Williams would find Evans, who would look in front of the Siena goal, trying to create a quick goal for the Orange. He did so on multiple occasions, one play ending up in the hands of Nate Solomon. Solomon, facing away from the goal, did a quick behind the back flick and scored SU’s sixth goal of the game.Williams is among the best in SU history at the X. Winning 68 percent of faceoffs today against Siena only proved how vital he is when it comes to jumpstarting Syracuse’s offense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bernie Sanders Central American refugees should not be cast out

first_imgRelated posts:Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America New immigration program seeks to reunite Central American families in US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he is “very disturbed” by reports that the Obama administration has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation families who fled violence in Central America.“Our nation has always been a beacon of hope, a refuge for the oppressed,” the Vermont senator said in a statement. “We cannot turn our backs on that essential element of who we are as a nation. We need to take steps to protect children and families seeking refuge here, not cast them out.”The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the nationwide campaign, to be carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as soon as early January, could affect hundreds of families who have flocked to the United States since the start of last year. The ICE operation would target only adults and children who have been ordered removed from the United States by an immigration judge.As he competes against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, Sanders has pledged, if elected president, to aggressively use executive action to offer protections to undocumented immigrants against deportation as he seeks comprehensive reform from Congress.In polls, he lags far behind Clinton among both Latino and black voters and has been stepping up efforts to make inroads into those communities.“As we spend time with our families this holiday season, we who are parents should ask ourselves what we would do if our children faced the danger and violence these children do?” Sanders said in his statement. “How far would we go to protect them?”Another Democratic candidate, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, also spoke out on the plan being developed by the Department of Homeland Security.“DHS’ Christmas Eve announcement that they are planning to launch mass holiday raids and deport families who risked their lives to flee violence in Central America is completely at odds with our character as a nation,” O’Malley said in a statement. “We must put an end to these mindless deportations.”The Washington Post’s Jose A. DelReal contributed to this story.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more