What we learned from Syracuse men’s basketball’s 71-50 win over Monmouth

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) came away with a 71-50 win over Monmouth (1-2) at the Carrier Dome, but it didn’t come with as much ease as SU’s two prior wins. Monmouth tied the game at 20 and was within eight points at halftime. Thanks to a strong defensive performance in the second half, Syracuse pulled away.Here’s what we learned from the game.Monmouth’s one-man press bothered Frank HowardMonmouth point guard Justin Robinson pressed Frank Howard the length of the court throughout the game on Friday. Howard finished with eight points, six assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes. The press didn’t affect Howard much in the box score, but he said it’s “annoying” to deal with and it tired him out.“It’s annoying as a point guard especially when you’re kind of tall and you got a little guy getting up under you full court,” Howard said. “He’s quick, athletic, strong. So it’s annoying. And that’s what they’re doing, if they catch a mistake, get the ball off the turnover, speed you up. I just got to take my time, go at my own pace. I think I do a pretty good job of that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-5 Howard said he expects more teams to deploy the strategy against him because he’s a point guard with more size than most. He cited Louisville as a team that often presses and could use point guard Quentin Snider similarly to how Monmouth used Robinson.Since Howard often has a size advantage over the players that guard him, he said refs tend to allow the defenders to be more physical on him. He has to combat the pressure by staying low to the court to keep his leverage and dribbling strong. It takes more energy to fend off a defender for the length of the court and could wear Howard down in more challenging circumstances. Facing the scheme against Monmouth was a good test, he said.Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerAndrew White can carry Syracuse’s offense but he doesn’t have toAndrew White put up 18 points in the first half as the Orange held on to an eight-point lead at the break. He went 3-of-7 from behind the arc, including back-to-back triples to turn a tie game into a 26-20 SU lead. By halftime, he had just one less point than all of his teammates combined.“I thought in the first half we did a really good job of getting Andrew the ball,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He was our offense. He kept us in there when we were struggling a little bit offensively. But he made big shots and got us some separation.”But in the second half, White didn’t score a single point as he went 0-for-5 from the field. Still, the SU offense managed 34 second-half points. Its defense led the way after halftime and White’s production wasn’t needed. In tougher situations against more challenging opponents, Syracuse’s reliance on White may change. But for now, when the Orange’s defense played the way it did holding the Hawks to 21 in the second half, SU can afford a scoreless half from its leading scorer.Jim Boeheim isn’t tolerating turnovers from his point guardsAfter John Gillon drove from the right wing, bumped into a Monmouth defender and fumbled the ball out of bounds, Boeheim immediately pulled him. He yelled, “Are you crazy?” to the fifth-year transfer and continued yelling once Gillon sat on the bench three and a half minutes into the second half.Gillon and Howard combined for four turnovers. SU had 16 overall and 10 in the second half. Gillon’s two turnovers were the most he’s had in a game through three contests.“Ten turnovers in the second half. We can’t have our point guards just giving the ball up like that,” Boeheim said. “… I think what happens is we play teams that can’t guard and you just go by them. Now you’re playing a team that can guard people. That team’s a good team.”Right before Boeheim ripped into Gillon, Howard had also been subbed out six seconds after committing a turnover. Comments Published on November 19, 2016 at 12:51 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

DeAndre Jordan’s free-throw woes partly to blame in Clippers’ Game 2 loss to Spurs

first_imgThe whistles shrieked as soon as he touched the ball, leaving Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in a position he has experienced too many times to count.The Spurs would intentionally foul Jordan, sending him to the foul line with full conviction his season-long 39.7 shooting percentage from the stripe could become the determining factor between a win and a loss.The Spurs were right. They picked up a 111-107 Game 2 overtime victory over the Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center as Jordan’s 6-of-17 mark from the foul line blemished his 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 15 rebounds and three rebounds. “We believe in him,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Jordan. “He’s going to go the free-throw line and he has hit some big ones when it counted. But his measure, his worth goes well beyond the free-throw line, whatever you want to look at. His impact on the game is huge.” The Spurs were wrong. The Spurs led 88-83 when San Antonio’s Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili took turns intentionally fouling Jordan beginning at the 4:22 mark of the fourth quarter. Jordan may have gone 3-of-8 from the line in the next 93 seconds. But the Clippers then had a 90-88 cushion with 2:49 remaining because San Antonio missed its next three of four field-goal attempts. “It really didn’t work for us this time,” said Duncan, whose team-leading 28 points on 14-of-23 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals offset that. “It kind of got them back in the game and we couldn’t score through that stretch and he made some free throws. But we’re going to play the percentages when we can.”Incidentally, the percentages rarely suggest the tactic works tracing back to games the Clippers have played since 2013. The Clippers’ record stands at 15-3 when Jordan shoots at least 12 free throws. They have gone 12-1 when Jordan has attempted at least 14 foul shots. The Clippers are 9-1 when Jordan takes at least 15 free throws. “For DJ, if they go in, they go in,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “If they don’t, they don’t. We’re fine with that. We made a lot of mistakes too.”There were plenty. Griffin committed a turnover as the Clippers led 94-92 with 11 seconds in regulation, a play he believed cost the Clippers the game. Chris Paul missed a 19-foot jumper before regulation ended, a play he argued decided the outcome. Clippers guard J.J. Redick missed a 28-foot three-pointer as the Clippers trailed 107-104 with 13 seconds left in overtime. Yet, Jordan refused to fret on any of those plays or his free-throw shooting. Instead, Jordan pointed the finger at himself for partly allowing Duncan to make countless bank shots and putbacks that has defined his prolific 18-year NBA career.“They did a real good job of attacking the paint,” Jordan said. “I was pretty bad tonight defensively. We got to, I got to clean some things up and us as a team. But initially it starts with me.”Yet on a night the Clippers lacked enough collectively to make stops or make key plays, they all sounded more than willing to hand Jordan an assist by defending him.“Tell him to keep doing what he’s doing and get ready for Game 3, just like all of us, ” Paul said. “We win as a team. We lose as a team. D.J. is fine.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

KCCA ends Vipers’ unbeaten run

first_imgKCCA celebrate Muzamiru’s goal. It was a cracker from the shirt 10. He hit that so hard that it couldn’t be saved. PHOTO KCCA MEDIA KCCA 1 Vipers SC 0Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | An early Muzamiru Mutyaba goal proved to be the difference as Startimes Uganda Premier League champions KCCA ended Vipers’ unbeaten run at Lugogo today.A fine run on the wing by Ssekisambo, had the ball laid for Mutyaba to thump in his first goal of the season on 31 minutes.The result breathes life into KCCA’s bid for a 14th title, and casts doubts about The Venoms’ ability to break this hold by the Lugogo teamVipers remain top of the table with 33 points from 14 games, but KCCA could top the table at the end of the first round if they win the rest of their games.Mike Mutebi’s boys remain in 5th with 22, from only 10 games. 14POLICE FC133281323-78 4ONDUPARAKA FC147252011923 2BUL FC148422091128 9URA FC11353109114 3SC VILLA136611871124 Coach Mike Mutebi’s side played without skipper Charles Lukwago, Allan Okello and Nicholas Kasozi. They are away with Uganda Cranes on National duty as they prepare for their second AFCON qualifier game against Malawi on Sunday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole,Pre-match, Mutebi had vowed to win the game. “We have a responsibility to win this game. We are playing a team that has centered their case as an emerging force in Ugandan football. We want to front our case as defending Champions of the league,” he had said.He was spot on. STAR TIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE | 2019-20 13BRIGHT STARS FC141761017-710 ******SOURCE: KCCA website 7BUSOGA UNITED145271716117center_img 8KYETUME FC13517918-916 5KCCA FC10712179822 10EXPRESS FC134271822-414 1VIPERS SC1410312071333 12MBARARA CITY133461418-413 11TOORO UNITED FC14428922-1314 6MAROONS FC125341416-218 PosClubPWDLFAGDPts Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more