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first_imgAn offensive barrage that saw USC hit its first 6 three-point attempts of the second half against Pepperdine killed off any of the already-futile hopes the Waves had of escaping the Galen Center with a win Sunday.The Trojans defeated visiting Pepperdine (4-6), 93-67, to improve to 9-0 on the season. With the victory, USC clinched the best start to a season in program history since 1971, a year in which the Trojans finished 24-2.USC’s winning effort Sunday was powered by a 12-of-23 (a season-best 52.2 percent) shooting performance from beyond the three-point line. Overall, the Trojans shot a season-best 30-of-53 (56.6 percent) from the field against Pepperdine.“We’re sharing the basketball, and that’s a key for our team,” said head coach Andy Enfield, whose team recorded 18 assists Sunday. “You try to make the extra pass and take the shot when you have the chance … our players are playing unselfishly.”Junior guard Elijah Stewart hit his first 4 three-point attempts of the second half and finished the contest with a game-high 26 points. In total, Stewart made a career-high 7 three-point field goals (shot 7-of-12 from three-point range Sunday) against the Waves.In addition to leading the game in scoring, Stewart matched a career-high in blocks with four; he also recorded four rebounds and two assists.“This is what I came here for, to change the basketball culture here … We’ll continue to play at a high level,” Stewart said. “All of our guards and bigs are athletic. That helps when you can jump out of the gym.”USC had a historic night defensively, as it recorded a total of 14 blocks as a team, the most ever in a single game in school-history. In addition to Stewart’s four blocks, three other Trojans recorded multiple blocks.“That’s a lot of blocks,” Enfield said. “Our guards were able to block some shots, and [Stewart] led us [in that category].”USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu recorded his third double-double of the season with an 11-point, 10-rebound effort on Sunday.With just under seven minutes remaining in the first half, Metu had a monstrous put-back slam that gave USC a 31-17 lead at that point in the contest.“You see some things, and just shake your head … I wish I could have done things like that when I played,” Enfield said. “That was just a spectacular play.”Junior guard Jordan McLaughlin was arguably the most efficient asset the Trojans had against the Waves — he finished the game 7-for-7 shooting from the field (18 points) and also recorded six assists.The Trojans received strong contributions from freshman forward Nick Rakocevic throughout the game. Rakocevic had career-highs in both points (13) and rebounds (9) against Pepperdine. In addition to two dunks in the contest, Rakocevic shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line Sunday.“The key for me is staying aggressive and being ready,” Rakocevic said. “My teammates did a great job finding me tonight. That’s why I shot so many free throws.”All five players in the Trojans starting lineup finished in double-figures scoring: Stewart, McLaughlin, Metu, Rakocevic and redshirt sophomore Shaqquan Aaron (scored 13 points).Redshirt senior Charles Buggs, a forward for USC, suffered an injury during pregame warmups Sunday and was held out from playing in the game, Enfield said.USC will now look to extend its season-opening winning streak to 10 games next week when it hosts Troy at the Galen Center on Dec. 17.last_img read more

first_imgThe USC baseball team dropped two out of three games against No. 2 Oregon State this past weekend. Entering the series on Friday with a 24-23 overall record, the Trojans looked to maintain a positive record against, perhaps, the toughest adversary they have faced this season. Sophomore catcher Blake Sabol (far left) celebrates a home run with his teammates. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanGoing into the series, the Beavers touted an impressive 40-8-1 record. That record includes a series win over No. 3 Stanford, who handed USC a series sweep with a total score of 34-2. Everything on paper set this three-game matchup to be a rout in favor of the Beavers. USC’s failure to muster a run in the first game and a rough 7-run loss in game two proved Oregon State’s dominance, but the series was not a blowout.Game one on Friday night was a battle of starting pitchers. Senior lefty Luke Heimlich commanded the hill for the Beavers, holding a no hit bid until the sixth inning and preventing a Trojans’ score for 8.1 innings before he was relieved. Heimlich earned his 13th win of the season (13-1) and improved his season ERA to 2.69. On the other side of the diamond, freshman right-hander Kyle Hurt manned the mound. Though he allowed 4 runs, Hurt’s start was not a bad outing. Pitching 7.0 innings, he recorded five strikeouts, walked just two batters and stranded six baserunners. Hurt has struggled with walks in his rookie season, but he located pitches and was able to work out of some sticky situations. The Men of Troy were unable to recover from the four-run deficit, as they could only put four runners on base — none of which were converted. The final score showed 4-0 in favor of OSU.Game two clinched a series win for the Beavers. After allowing 2 runs in the top of the first, the Trojans responded with a run of their own. Sophomore left fielder Blake Sabol led off with a single to center field. He would then be driven in on a RBI single from redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb. Through the remaining eight innings USC was unable to plate another run. Meanwhile, Oregon State had no problem crossing home as it scored 6 more runs to mount a final score of 8-1. With just 10 hits and 1 run over the first two games, viewers felt as if game three was set to see the same fate. However, a solid pitching and hitting performance led the Trojans to close the series with a notable 8-0 win over their second-ranked opponent. Junior right-hander Solomon Bates started on the hill. In a 7.0 inning shutout affair, he set up the Trojan lineup for success. Bates allowed just four hits and four walks while recording eight K’s before he was relieved. Sophomore Connor Lunn continued Bates’ solid performance allowing one walk and one hit ­— neither of which scored. The game marked Oregon State’s first shutout loss since April 30, 2016 against Stanford.“I’m proud of [Bates] for what he’s accomplished, how much he’s grown as a pitcher over the last year,” heach coach Dan Hubbs said. “This was just another really good outing that he’s given us … He’s been Mr. Consistent.”The stellar pitching performance allowed the batting order to shine. As a whole, the Men of Troy recorded nine hits and drew four walks. The team’s hitting performance was headlined by Sabol, who exhibited his all-star mentality. In his 5 at-bats, he recorded a single, two home runs and five RBIs. Junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar also drove in two runs. “I think [winning game three] is a big deal for us, especially getting into next season,” Sabol said to the Pac-12 Network. “We still have a young group of guys and we’ve proven again and again that we can beat anyone anywhere.”Consistency has been a problem for this young team, especially at the plate. However, when pitching and hitting come together for the Trojans, they are a force to be reckoned with. If USC can find that consistency toward the end of this season or over the off-season, it will be a dangerous ball team in 2019. The Trojans will now prepare to welcome Cal State Northridge to Dedeaux Field for its final series of the regular season, a matchup that should favor USC.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm Contact Eric: Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse had a strong showing at Cornell on Sunday, racking up eight wins in the 2018 Big Red Invitational. The Orange swept the 1500-meters with Madeleine Davison winning the women’s event with a time of 4:36.48, a career-best, while Andy Paladino won for the men with a time of 4:02.36. Sydney Leiher also had a strong showing in the 1500-meters, finishing fourth on the women’s side.In the men’s 400-meters, Kwaku Agyemang won with a time of 52.50 seconds. On the women’s side, Hannah Loder placed fourth at 1:00.49.Another win came from Emma Wilson, who won the 3000-meters with a time of 10:35.29. On the men’s side, Declan Kottmeier finished second at 9:09.75. Laura Dickinson also added to the win column with a 10:49.40 finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase.The Orange also gathered three wins in field events. Aviana Goode won both the women’s long jump (with a distance of 5.50 meters) and the high jump (by clearing 1.65 meters). Randall Johnson succeeded on the men’s side, clearing 1.91 meters to win the high jump. Pascal Bastien jumped 6.96 meters to place second in the long jump while Johnson placed third.Nathan Henderson placed second in the men’s 800-meters but was the top collegiate runner with a time of 1:56.18. On the women’s side, Rachel Bonner crossed the line at 2:16.30, good for second place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will look to build on this momentum next weekend at Stanford University at the Payton Jordan Invitational, where distance standouts Justyn Knight and Paige Stoner are expected to compete. Commentslast_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2018 at 10:59 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3center_img COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Syracuse’s first possession of the second half, Frank Howard drove and Oshae Brissett slid along the baseline. Howard picked out Brissett with a bounce pass, and Syracuse’s sophomore forward finished at the rim.After the referees’ whistles held Brissett to the bench for the majority of the first half, he didn’t sit during Wednesday’s second half. After his foul trouble kept him to one first-half shot, he was one of three Syracuse players in double digits in the second.“He just got going right away in the second half,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Made a couple good plays, couple good drives. Got to the basket.”On a night when three SU players fouled out, Brissett’s bounce back from three first-half fouls helped Syracuse (4-2) upset No. 16 Ohio State (6-1) at Value City Arena, 72-62. He played five minutes in the first half but all 20 in the second half. That allowed him to raise his three first-half points with 11 in the second, and it allowed SU to pull away from the Buckeyes and get a much-needed, early season statement win.“Coach said in halftime, he said, ‘Oshae you have the most energy out here, you haven’t played much, now go out there and show it,’” Brissett said. “That really stuck with me starting the second half. I knew I was a guy that could spark the energy for the guys. And I did just that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than five minutes into the game, Brissett had tallied two fouls: first on a contested rebound and then pushing in the post. Boeheim pulled him for about five minutes, but SU’s head coach put his sophomore back in midway through the first half.Less than two minutes later, Brissett chased a loose ball alongside OSU’s Kyle Young and dove. While a replay appeared to show Young yanking Brissett’s arm down, the SU player was called for the foul. He sat out the remaining 9:59 of the first half.“Once I got those three fouls, being out there and still staying in the game, keeping myself mentally focused because I knew I was gonna go back in,” Brissett said.After about 40 minutes of real time had passed, Brissett returned to the floor to open the second half with the layup from Howard. On Syracuse’s next trip down the floor, he assisted right back on a Howard 3. Brissett scored SU’s next two points as well, after being fouled and making both of his free throws.At the other end, as multiple Syracuse players battled foul trouble, OSU’s big man, Kaleb Wesson, got caught in the paint. Brissett could’ve held back to avoid a fourth foul, but instead he swung his right arm. He got all ball.“He put it out there, and he exposed it,” Brissett said. “I just felt like I made a great basketball play right there.”The Orange came right down after Brissett’s block, and Howard found him at the top of the key. Brissett rose and drained his second 3 of the game to put the Orange up six and silence a raucous Ohio State crowd that had been fired up coming out with a halftime lead and a banner-raising ceremony for former Buckeyes coach Thad Matta.“Obviously he hasn’t made the 3s, but he made a couple big ones tonight, for sure,” Boeheim said.There was 17:40 left when Brissett made that 3. He drained two more free throws and scored once more at the rim before the game was finished. He added four second-half rebounds and three second-half assists.When Brissett picked up his third foul in the first half, Boeheim was incensed. He tore at his sport coat, as if to half-rip it off, and had a long conversation with one of the officials. From there, all Brissett could do was sit on the bench until halftime.But Brissett didn’t commit a foul in the second half and was on the court for OSU’s final shot, an air-balled 3 from the right corner. It fell right into his arms. He handed the ball off and watched the clock run out as he jogged toward half court.In the first half, he had no choice but to save his energy. As the buzzer sounded on the game, Brissett could save his energy. He’d already made the difference.last_img read more

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. — All his life, the coaches, parents and teammates who’d recognized Tyus Battle’s talents also recognized how he could do more. They implored him to go get the ball, attack the basket and not shy away from taking consecutive shots. “Take control!” his father, Gary, often yelled at AAU games. “That’s you!” he said as Battle drilled a basket at Duke two weeks ago.On any given night, Battle can drop 25 or 30 points. He’s developed his left hand, improved his shot, relied on his step back jumper in big moments, dropped devastating floaters in the paint and learned how to play point guard. At this point of his career, his only glaring weakness is his shooting. For Syracuse, he’s been the most important and versatile player over the past two seasons.Still, he needs to be more aggressive.Battle’s aggression is linked to Syracuse’s success against stronger conference teams. SU’s 78-56 loss Saturday night at No. 10 Virginia Tech — with only three Battle field goals — represented the latest sample of that trend. Battle, with a team-high 17.4 points per game, can’t shy away from being at top form. It’s integral if Syracuse (14-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) wants to go from good to great, from proverbial bubble team to NCAA Tournament lock.Battle, 21, knows this. He and head coach Jim Boeheim have said repeatedly that for a balanced offense, Battle must be the engine. Assistant coach Gerry McNamara said he reminds Battle to take command and be an “every-second guy” — one who plays with a relentless fire, every play. When he’s consistent, so is SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I have to be aggressive and that’s the bottom line,” Battle said.Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorWhen he attacks, the floor opens up. His misses generally come from good shot selection, and that’s because there are seldom transition buckets off his errant shots. Because teams have keyed on Battle this season, they’ve sometimes overplayed him. That, in turn, leaves room for SU bigs to crash the boards and get easy buckets, said sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj.“If Tyus is going, really attacking, everybody’s going,” Dolezaj said. “He’s our starting machine.”Ever since Battle flipped his commitment from Michigan to Syracuse, the expectation was that he’d play right away. He started 25 games and got the green light to shoot toward the end of his freshman season, when he averaged 11.3 points on nearly nine shots per game. Expectations for his sophomore season grew, given he was the only returning starter and widely expected to enter the NBA draft after the season.The latter didn’t happen. But Boeheim leveraged Battle’s decision to return to college when, at halftime of SU’s game against Georgetown on Dec. 8, Boeheim challenged him: “When you play like this, you shouldn’t have come back.”Battle took over the rest of that game. He did the same at then-No. 1 Duke. He was aggressive, and his team needed him to be.The Orange won three straight games in January and jumped to a 5-1 start in conference play because of several reasons, including senior center Paschal Chukwu’s emergence, senior point guard Frank Howard’s recovery from an injury and Buddy Boeheim’s rhythm from deep. But all of what has fueled Syracuse’s strong start to conference play is rooted in Battle.And yet his scoring is down from last year, from 19.2 points per game to 17.4. His shot-taking has also dipped from 15.8 field-goal attempts per game to 13.2.“Tyus has so much talent, sometimes he just lays back,” said former SU guard and team staffer Eric Devendorf, now a special assistant at Detroit Mercy. “He needs to attack more.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSaturday night against the Hokies high-pressure defense, Battle was neutralized. The Hokies scouting report centered on limiting Battle, said senior guard Justin Robinson. But one move from Battle to start the second half offered a glimmer of the player he could be, the player he’s been at times. Battle found a window standing 25 feet from the basket and made up his mind. He exploded with his left toward the rim and floated a shot to spark a 9-0 SU run.In the cramped locker room at Cassell Coliseum, after most Syracuse players had left for the team bus, Battle stood in the center of the room. He’s usually one of the last to leave the arena because he’s usually the one with the biggest swarm of cameras around him. But on this night, he stood alone, untangling a pair of headphones. He’d scored just 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting. His first points didn’t come until 11 minutes into the game.“I have to be more aggressive,” Battle said. “They did a good job defensively closing off the lane, standing there waiting for us to drive. It was tough to even pass the ball. They were in the passing lanes pretty well. They’re a good defensive team, but I have to do a better job.”There have been stretches during Battle’s career when he’s been virtually unguardable. “Cold-blooded,” McNamara said after the Georgetown win on Dec. 8. Battle’s size — 6-foot-6, 205 pounds — and explosive first step toward the paint give him an edge.“Yeah, one-on-one,” Battle said when asked if he’s unguardable. “I don’t really see the first defender. It’s just the help defense I have to worry about.”He plays with fluidity, long strides and, at times, wailing arms. When he gets into his zone, there’s not much opponents can do.That should be enough indication of the player Battle is. He can’t leave Syracuse wanting and needing more. He knows it, too.Matthew Gutierrez is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @matthewgut21. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2019 at 12:37 amlast_img read more

first_img Comments Horan, a junior from Floral Park, New York, started all seven games for the Paladins in 2020, leading them in ground balls and caused turnovers with 15 and eight, respectively. In his two previous seasons at Furman, Horan recorded 44 ground balls — including a career-high nine against North Carolina in 2019 — and caused 17 turnovers.Furman cut its men’s lacrosse program on May 18 due to financial impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, and Horan became available for a transfer. The Paladins finished 1-6 in the shortened season, including three losses to ranked opponents.Syracuse will be without top cover defender Nick Mellen, who was drafted by the Boston Cannons, as well as long-stick midfielder Jared Fernandez, who transferred to Johns Hopkins. However, the No. 1 Orange will return Brett Kennedy — who filled in the top cover role when Mellen was injured — along with Grant Murphy and Nick DiPietro. Kennedy played long-stick midfielder in 2019, and could slide back to the original role he was recruited to play.“If we were playing tomorrow, you would see Kennedy down low and it probably will stay there,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said during a Zoom call on May 7.Horan joins former Gettysburg defender Mitch Wykoff and Utah defender Nick Hapney as offseason additions at defense, giving the Orange another option to fill those gaps. Published on May 27, 2020 at 9:09 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse added its third defensive transfer in three weeks when former Furman defender Cole Horan announced Wednesday night that he’ll join the Orange, according to Chris Jastrzembski. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Munster Junior League Division One champions will begin their efforts to play at senior level next season when they host the Connacht side.Kick off is at 2.30.last_img

first_imgCurrent title holders Clonmel and Limerick side Shannon couldn’t be seperated at the final whistle in a thrilling but messy final in Thomond Park. The atrocious weather conditions played their part with heavy rain and wind…but at the final whistle the sides were locked at 16 points apiece. Coach with Clonmel, Denis Leamy says both teams deserve another crack at the final.last_img

first_imgMike Sherry, Keith Earls, Simon Zebo and CJ Stander scored the province’s tries with the skipper’s effort securing the bonus point on 68 minutes.Ian Keatley converted 3 of the 4 touchdowns.Tipperary’s Dave Foley and Tommy O’Donnell played the whole match while Donnacha Ryan made a return to action after his recent injury problems as a replacement for Mark Chisholm.last_img

first_imgDefending champion Rory McIlroy faces Australian Jason Day, who moves to world number one, in Texas.In the other last four contest, South African Louis Oosthuizen will play Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain.last_img