Syracuse loses fourth straight game, 101-90, in double overtime at No. 23 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With no true point guard and all eyes fixated on Tyus Battle, two defenders swarmed the Syracuse star. There was no room to move. Battle played all of regulation and all but 24.6 seconds of both overtimes, pouring every ounce he had into a game- and career-high 37 points to pace the Orange.A 10-second rule was called because Syracuse could not get the ball across mid-court. The Seminoles drilled their 11th 3-pointer of the game on their next possession, paving the path for a late surge to separate themselves from the Orange in the second overtime on Saturday afternoon.In Syracuse’s first multi-OT game since the Connecticut six-OT game in the 2009 Big East Tournament, Florida State launched from deep and brought an offensive attack Syracuse (12-6, 1-4) has not seen this season. Sagging to protect the rim comes with a risk — an open perimeter — and the Seminoles converted on 11 3-pointers. When the Orange stretched out to defend 3s, the Seminoles (13-4, 2-3) worked inside with their considerable size, winning 101-90 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and handing SU its fourth straight loss.“That was a good effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, noting that SU overcame a 10-point deficit out of the break. “Tremendous effort … we played well and we’re playing better on offense.”The SU defense was strong early, but the offense was inflammable. They swapped in the second half and much of overtime, as Battle exploded for drives, 3-pointers and an array of versatility to make it a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the end of regulation, Battle drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with six seconds left. It sent the game into overtime, the score even at 74, and silenced a previously raucous home crowd. He scored 22 points in the second half and added 10 more in the overtime periods. Battle is SU’s leading scorer, who lifted SU to a win at Georgetown a month ago with two late 3-pointers in an overtime thriller. Saturday, with starting point guard Frank Howard fouled out and no other consistent scoring option, Battle put SU on his back.“I was playing too fast, they were speeding me up,” Battle said. “In the second half, I just slowed down, saw the floor, stayed aggressive.“Just little mistakes that lost us the game. Defensive errors, defensive breakdowns. I let their guys get wide open corner 3s.”What followed many of Battle’s scoring plays was an FSU answer. The high-scoring Seminoles knew how they would beat Syracuse, even without their leading scorer in junior Terance Mann.Shoot the 3.The Seminoles take more 3s per game than any team in the conference and they entered Saturday with the 29th-best scoring offense in the country, averaging nearly 84 points per game. They were held to only 31 points in the first half. But the goal was to beat SU via the 3, and they stuck to their gameplan. FSU shot 11-for-32 from deep.Despite Battle’s outing and the fact that four SU players reached double figures, the Syracuse offense could not keep pace. It was a close game, but Syracuse is stuck in neutral, held back by few scoring options, lethargy and a bevy of turnovers. The Orange committed 19, and FSU turned those into 31 points.At point guard, Howard scored 13 points and dished out five assists before fouling out late in regulation. He was subdued post-game, but he extracted the positive from Syracuse’s 90-point offensive outburst.“We played well, moved the ball a lot better in the second half,” Howard said. “We got some driving lanes. I think we’re starting to find our niche on the offensive end.”It may have come at a convenient time. The Orange’s near upset win could provide Syracuse a momentum boost at a needed time. For one, it was a near a road win against a ranked opponent, something that eluded the program last season. It would have snapped a three-game skid, as well, and the victory represents how formidable the Syracuse defense can be.The Orange will return home Tuesday for Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5), the worst team in the ACC. Boston College follows, and the Orange is predicted to win each of its next four games, according to may not be time to panic just yet, considering Syracuse started conference play 0-4 two years ago, when the Orange went dancing all of the way to the Final Four. But SU’s fourth straight loss is significant and it will take a strong next month and a half of play to dig itself out of this hole and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.“It’s five games. Who cares?” Boeheim said. “You got a whole season, 14 games left. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. We had a tough start, three tough road games. If we lost them by 10 or 12, I’d be really worried. We had a really good chance to win two of the three.” Comments Published on January 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more


On deck: Dodgers at Cardinals, Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.

first_imgDODGERS at CARDINALSWhen: 5:15 p.m.Where: Busch StadiumTV: SportsNet LA, ESPN THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (2-5, 4.28)Vs. Cardinals: 1-1, 1.50At Busch Stadium: 1-0, 0.00Hates to face: Yadier Molina, 3 for 9 (.333), HR Loves to face: Jedd Gyorko, 0 for 9, 3 KsCARDINALS RHP CARLOS MARTINEZ (3-4, 3.32)Vs. Dodgers: 2-2, 3.55At Busch Stadium: 17-14, 3.58Hates to face: Corey Seager, 2 for 3 (.667)Loves to face: Chase Utley, 0 for 5center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


James Wiseman joins Chase Young in NCAA purgatory, and social media is dumbfounded

first_imgPotential No. 1 NBA Draft pick James Wiseman was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Friday.The decision stems from Memphis coach Penny Hardaway, who helped Wiseman’s family move to Memphis in 2017. But Wiseman was made available and started for the Tigers shortly after the ruling due to a restraining order issued by a Tennessee judge.  Social media still brought plenty of heat toward the NCAA regarding its discipline of Wiseman, which came to light less than 12 hours after Ohio State announced it suspended defensive end Chase Young for one game pending an NCAA investigation into improper benefits.NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020: James Wiseman a top-five pick in SN’s latestIt’s official. The @NCAA is a damn travesty. This kid Wiseman is ineligible — after already starting the season — because COACH Penny Hardaway is a booster? This is straight B.S. no wonder @KingJames and so many others are so against the NCAA. Hey @NBA , I’ve got an idea:— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 8, 2019In less than 12 hours the NCAA has sidelined arguably the best college football and men’s basketball players for nothing related to academics on-court/field performance. Solid system here.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 8, 2019NCAA: “You ineligible for the rest of the season!”James Wiseman’s lawyer:— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 8, 2019what leaves me confused: if they were gonna pop penny and wiseman for this, i don’t see why the ncaa even let him set foot on campus. you expect me to believe they couldn’t get this before?— bomani (@bomani_jones) November 8, 2019ESPN analyst and former Purdue standout Robbie Hummel is lighting in to the NCAA while calling this Memphis game.“It’s a joke and something needs to change quickly”— Evan Barnes (@evan_b) November 9, 2019The potential #1 pick in the NFL draft was suspended for accepting a loan – that he paid back in full – from a family friend.The potential #1 pick in the NBA draft was ruled ineligible because his coach helped his family move while in HS.Another banner day for the NCAA.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 8, 2019To sum up…• Today: NCAA suspends Chase Young, the likely first overall pick in the NFL Draft• Today: NCAA suspends James Wiseman, the likely first overall pick in the NBA Draft (but then school announces he’s playing tonight, anyway)— Geoff Grammer (@GeoffGrammer) November 8, 2019Today will be remembered as the day that two potential No. 1 picks in different sports, Chase Young and James Wiseman, were found ineligible by the NCAA. And another searing reminder why NCAA rules needs to evolve, quickly.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 8, 2019Wiseman’s lawyer, Leslie Ballin, also became the center of attention.Lost in all of this Memphis drama is that James Wiseman’s lawyer is named *Leslie Ballin*.This is that lawyer.I cannot get enough of this story.— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) November 8, 2019James Wiseman’s college basketball career rests in this guy’s hands:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 8, 2019The real story here is that Leslie Ballin is an absolutely incredible name— Jimmy Blanco (@ColeyMick) November 8, 2019Leslie Ballin vs NCAA – can it get any more #Memphis than this?— Kendall Downing (@kendall_downing) November 8, 2019last_img read more