Guard scoring, strong defense helps Syracuse to uninspiring 70-37 win over Loyola

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ten minutes had gone by and Loyola had yet to score a point. Then B.J. Johnson, making his first career start in place of the injured Tyler Roberson, threw away an in-bounds pass and Greyhound guard Eric Laster charged down the lane to earn two free throws.“B.J.!” SU head coach Jim Boeheim yelled, with his defense controlling every Loyola possession and the scoreboard fully tilted in the Orange’s favor. The head coach didn’t get comfortable because his team gave him no reason to — letting the Greyhounds hang around in a game that could have been decided by halftime. But Syracuse (4-1) managed to pull away in the second half — thanks to better guard play and a continuation of its first-half defense — for an uninspiring 70-37 win over Loyola (2-3) in front of 17,691 fans in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.“Our energy was higher, we just came more ready to play in the second half,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “Our defense was good in the first half but wasn’t as good as it could be. And then in the second half it was that and our offense was much better in the second half.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite holding the Greyhounds scoreless for the first 10:04 and to four makes on 26 shots in the first half, SU couldn’t find the offensive touch to bury Loyola early on. The Orange shot 11-of-26 in the opening frame, and missed all seven of its 3-point attempts.Syracuse was also out-rebounded, 21-20, by Loyola in the first half, which didn’t amount to offense for the Greyhounds but did keep them within striking distance.“We can’t be out there lackadaisical,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said. But a more efficient offense came out of the locker room and Loyola never found an offensive rhythm of its own. Joseph opened the second half with a midrange jumper, which kickstarted a 14-1 run. The Orange worked the ball to Rakeem Christmas in the half-court offense, and the senior forward bullied the Loyola big men before finishing with 18 points and six blocks on the other end. Syracuse also did a better job on the defensive glass, turning long rebounds into fast-break points at the rim while the Greyhounds’ shooting struggles persisted. Loyola finished the game shooting a 19.2 percent clip, 10 makes in 52 tries. And with the Orange leading 45-26 with less than 11 minutes to play, Cooney, who finished with 13 points, went on a personal 8-0 run to permanently separate the two sides. He hit two free throws after drawing a foul on a fast break, then hit a 3 — SU’s first after starting 0-for-8 — before finishing a three-point play that bumped Syracuse’s lead to 27. “Kaleb was able to get a couple of easy shots and he’s got to just play like that, knock them down, knock those shots down and loosen up a little bit,” Boeheim said. “Trevor got to the basket better and that was a good thing.”Boeheim spent the first 20 minutes of the game yelling at ill-advised fouls and cycling eight players on and off the court, looking for a lineup that could turn defense into offense and stomp on the inferior Greyhounds.That didn’t come until the second half, as Loyola failed to score or stop the Orange. It was a team Syracuse should have beaten in convincing fashion, but the squad that lost to California and dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2009 was on display for most of the night.The Greyhounds were just a far less talented opponent, which left Boeheim with only so much to scratch his head about after the pedestrian win. “We got a lot of things to work on,” Boeheim said. “ … Hopefully we’ll eventually get there. This team is — we need time.” Comments Published on November 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Wellington girls place 5th in cross country meet, over 585 runners at Hargis Saturday

first_imgTylerBrown1st6.30Yes 8th Grade Boys  – 1  1/2  miles DaneMonger8th7.38Yes 7th Grade Girls – 1 mile 6th Grade Boys – 1  mile Varsity Girls – 4K JoeFriesen36th20.12Yes 7th Grade Boys  – 1 mile JuliaPeck39th20.40 Jr.Varsity Girls – 2 miles MackinzeTracy37th20.14 Freshman Boys – 2 miles IsaiahRogers4th13.11Yes CabreilRoe27th18.57Yes HoustonSober53rd21.50 JacobMcDonald24th9.37Yes GracieDefore17th17.24 RaeawnaNutt11th7.50 JaedynLedesma12th17.20Yes JuanChandler11th14.23 BillyWalker5th6.53Yes TylerBenson7th13.33Yes JoTredway28th18.59Yes NickHawkins9th14.03Yes JacobFriesen86th7.36 WillLong21st15.26 LaurenScheufler21st18.01Yes Top 10 Medals  awardedcenter_img Top 10 Medals awarded by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Crusader girls cross country team place fifth at the Wellington Invitational Cross Country varsity meet held at Hargis Creek Watershed on Saturday.There were 585 runners from sixth grade to seniors in what WHS coach Charles Wallace called the largest meets Wellington ever had.Of those 585 runners, 23 WHS runners took home medals, 16 runners finished in the top 10 and two Wellington runners took first place.Jaedyn Ledesma right finishes first.Wellington finished with 125 points. Jaedyn Ledesma placed 12th at 17.20 as the highest Wellington finisher.Tyler Brown finishes first in the sixth grade boys.In sixth grade boys, Tyler Brown was a first place winner! Lindsey Scheufler was the first place winner in the sixth grade girls. Kylie Aufdengarten was second with the exact same score.Avery Osen of Winfield won the boys high school division with a 17.07 mark. Carly Flake of Andover 15.58 won the girls event at 15:58.Winfield boys were the winners with 32 points. Valley Center girls also finished with the top score of 32 points.“The weather was great for running and the Wellington runners did a great job,” Wallace said.The Wellington results are as follows:Varsity Boys – 5K WilliamDaily21stNT JacobJohnson54th21.51 LindseyScheufler1st6.49Yes MackenzieHeacock7th7.18Yes HunterBryant15th8.11 SethTunnell19th15.16 EliseLeGrand4th7.15Yes 6th Grade Girls- 1 mileTimePlaceMedal JohnWillis10th13.45Yes MontanaHeacock12th7.14 AveryBarker5th7.17Yes Novice Boys – 2 miles MattRinehart47th6.51 KennedeeLara9th7.39Yes KylieAufdengarten2nd6.49Yes McKennaJones3rd7.08Yes BlayzMarshall52nd10.44 TristtonTracy45th21.43 ZaneCornejo10th7.11Yes ReeseHeasty24th7.31Yes SkylerCrittenden18th15.09 BrentWilliams3rd13.06Yes QuinnMcCue22nd9.17 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more