Battle’s hot streak, Chukwu’s inefficiency and more from Syracuse’s 63-55 win over Cornell

first_img Published on December 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Comments From his third-row seat behind the basket, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack turned to his left and smiled. “Let’s just get the win,” he said to a friend nearby. Wildhack was only half-joking. The Orange were up four points with four minutes remaining against Cornell, a team to which SU hasn’t lost in 50 years. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had thrown his jacket. His tie had been loosened. The Carrier Dome crowd was getting antsy. Big Red point guard Matt Morgan put on a shooting clinic, scoring 26 points and nearly leading Cornell to a major upset. But behind junior guard Tyus Battle’s team-high 26 points, Syracuse (5-2) beat Cornell (4-4), 63-55, Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won three consecutive games and could squeeze into the Top 25 after beating No. 16 Ohio State earlier this week. Against the Big Red, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett scored 19 points. Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim, the oldest child of Syracuse’s head coach, scored nine points, including his second career 3-pointer in front of the Orange bench. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are four quick takeaways from the game. Battle’s hot handIt didn’t matter where he was on the floor. It didn’t matter who was guarding him. Nor did it matter whether he was shooting off the dribble or shooting on the run. Battle got cooking early and found his jumper, not hesitating to rise into his shot from 3-point range and the 17-foot area. He drove a handful of times, too, assembling his most impressive game of the season. His shot has wavered this season, but Saturday the shot appeared fluid and quick.Battle’s strong scoring display is important for a Syracuse team that needs his consistent production to win games. Especially on nights when Elijah Hughes and Marek Dolezaj score only four and two points each, respectively. Where’s Paschal?Paschal Chukwu, Syracuse’s 7-foot-2 center in his second season as a starter, has struggled through the first seven games of his senior year. He didn’t attempt a single shot against Oregon two weeks ago and didn’t score until the beginning of the second half against Cornell, whose tallest player is five inches shorter than him. Chukwu scored just three points Saturday, though he did block a Jimmy Boeheim shot that would have tied the game at 52 with about five minutes left. The block prompted a loud roar from the crowd. Yet for the majority of his minutes this season, Chuwku hasn’t been aggressive, active or efficient in his time. It’s imperative he develops into, at minimum, the player he was last season come conference play. That means someone who alters shots, scores off offensive rebounds and doesn’t shy away from going up strong inside. Morgan’s proving groundMorgan couldn’t help himself. Contested 3-pointer after contest 3-pointer poured through the net. The Carrier Dome crowd was in an awe after every one that he drained. The senior point guard, Cornell’s leading scorer, put on a show that kept the Big Red within a bucket or two late in the second half. His shooting display was an anomaly against the Orange, but it does raise questions over how well Syracuse can guard perimeter shooters. Several times Boeheim fumed after a Morgan 3-pointer. Even still, SU held Cornell to 55 points. Taking care of the tuneups While the Orange lost two of their first four games for the first time in 31 seasons, SU has now won three in a row. One win came against No. 16 Ohio State on the road. The other two versus Colgate and Cornell at home. SU’s six remaining nonconference games come against stronger teams than the latter two. But the Orange are projected to win out the rest of its nonconference schedule, per, and head into the ACC opener at Notre Dame with an 11-2 record. The Orange play next on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome against Northeastern. Then, SU hosts Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rep. Joe Breaks Ground for US$1.2M Buchanan Fairground Road Construction

first_imgRep. Joe informed the gathering, which included Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, that he was glad that one of his major campaign promises was being fulfilled.The pavement of the 1.5-kilometer road valued at US$1.2 million, targeting the Fairground route in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, will shortly commence.The road pavement became necessary following the groundbreaking ceremony spearheaded by the county’s district #3 Representative Mathew Joe, on Saturday, November 10.Rep. Joe informed the gathering, which included Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, that he was glad that one of his major campaign promises was being fulfilled. “During the 2017 elections, I made a promise to the people of my district that when the CDC-led government — the party to which I belong — shall have won the election, the Fairground Road would be paved,” the lawmaker reminded the gathering.“Those who did not, believe me, argued that it was impossible to accomplish this project,” Rep. Joe maintainedAccording to the lawmaker, he challenged the “odds and today we are all gathered here to break ground for the construction of the 1.5 kilometer Fairground Road with concrete through my instrumentality.”In his campaign promises, the lawmaker said he was going to establish a District Development Council which he says he has fulfilled.According to him, he promised to purchase a bus for students worth $US 85,000, which again he did.“I promised a micro-loan of LD$3m which disbursement is still pending,|” the lawmaker emphasized.He further said if the road is completed, it would put his campaign deliverables at 85%. “I hope to accomplish all my campaign deliverables within two years,” he said.In separate remarks, VP Howard Taylor and Speaker Bhofal Chambers commended the lawmaker for joining President George Weah’s promise to pave all feeder roads throughout the country.They also promised to help pave other roads in Grand Bassa County to provide easy access for the movement of people in the county.Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan expressed appreciation to the lawmaker who is also the chairman of the House’s Committee on Public Works and Rural Development for the cooperation between the Ministry and his committee.Minister Nyenpan said the Fairground Road is 1.5 kilometers and it cost $US1.2 million.The Minister and the contractor agreed that the road would get completed within six months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more