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: mguti100@syr.edu | @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 kenpom.com, 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

Spalletti: Džeko is flawless, he only needs Time to “start working”!

first_imgCoach of Roma Luciano Spalletti spoke for Italian media about upcoming derby of the 21st round of the Serie A which is to be played today, starting from 8:45 p.m., in Torino between Roma and Juventus.“Juventus was quite good this season, but we have to get out on the field believing that we will win. Juventus is in great shape and we must play an excellent match,” Spalletti said, commenting on the shape of Edin Džeko.“Džeko is an amazing footballer, he is flawless. His technique is good, he is fast, and his head play is good. He has the quality to be our ‘nine’, he only needs time to start working,” Spalletti stated, saying that he intends to form a new striking duo.“Francesco Totti has been severely injured and, considering his age, the recovery is thereby more difficult. Now he is ready to play and I am thinking of him playing together with Džeko, leading the attack,” Spalletti said.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Devon Still’s daughter applauded at Bengals game

first_imgLeah Still waves during a ceremony in the first half of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Leah, who is battling cancer, was watching her father, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, play for the first time. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive tackle Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter got one of the biggest cheers on a cold, windy night Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.Leah Still was on the field after the first quarter when the Cincinnati Bengals presented Children’s Hospital with a check for more than $1 million to help with cancer research and treatment. The girl is being treated for cancer.She was released from a hospital in Philadelphia and flew to Cincinnati to see her father play for the first time, sitting in an overhead suite for most of the game against Cleveland.“I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster,” Still said after Cleveland dominated in a 24-3 victory. “Seeing my daughter in the pregame with all the excitement and then seeing her on the field receiving the check and just seeing the joy in her face, I was just so proud of the perseverance she showed to raise that money.”Still wrote “Leah Strong” on his eye black strips. Police officers working the game wore his uniform No. 73 on their backs.Still also has supported Lauren Hill, the freshman basketball player from Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati who has an inoperable brain tumor. Hill played her first collegiate game last Sunday and made a pair of baskets.Leah Still got to meet Hill, a moment that was shown on the videoboard.“Seeing her picture on the scoreboard made me emotional, but somehow I was able to play the game,” Still said. “The most emotional I got was when I looked up and saw her and Lauren Hill and saw they got a chance to meet.”Leah Still flies back to Philadelphia on Saturday and will have more radiation treatment next week. She has had a cancerous tumor removed from her abdomen.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Dale Steyn targets IPL trophy on his return to RCB

first_imgAdvertisement 4uytNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsty38Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4fw5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 28usdwdWould you ever consider trying this?😱w3bevCan your students do this? 🌚ce2iz4Roller skating! Powered by Firework The South African pacer Dale Steyn is back in Royal Challengers Bangalore and will be playing in the IPL 2020, next year. The pacer was bought by RCB at his base price of 2 crores at the Indian Premier League auction that was held in Kolkata on Thursday. His performance at the Mzansi Super League in South Africa is the reason why the Director of Cricket Mike Hesson and RCB captain Virat Kohli wanted Dale back in the team. Dale has played in the IPL series before. Last year he took part in the IPL series as a replacement player but played only 2 matches. He could not play more matches due to an injury, but now that he is back in the franchise, he is excited about the series next year. On Saturday he held a QnA session on Twitter where he answered some of his fan’s questions.Advertisement His participation in the IPL 2019, marked his return to the series after a gap of 9 years. Dale has a played a total of 92 matches in the IPL and is only 4 wickets away from creating a record of 100 wickets. Both Virat Kohli and Mike Hesson was keen on getting Dale Steyn but they did not bid on him in the first half of the auction, because they were afraid of starting a bidding war. They knew to bid on him first, would increase his price and they did not want that to happen. They took a different approach and waited until the later hours of the auction to bid on him. Ultimately, their plan worked and they acquired him for 2 crores.Advertisement “We knew we wanted Steyn but we knew if we put a bid on him early, it might have gone up to three or four crores, which would have had flow-on effects.”I probably exchanged a couple of hundred messages with Virat [Kohli, the RCB captain] for a couple of hours. I think he thought we went to sleep in the middle for a couple of hours as well, but he was well aware of what our planning was. He was keen at the end, as we were, to get Steyn.”Virat Kohli turns into Santa to give children at shelter home the best X-Mas ever!Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more