Syracuse has no answer for Miami offense in 77-62 loss

first_imgAt some point in the third quarter, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman ditched his sport coat, leaving just an untucked white dress shirt with the top two buttons open.SU’s seven third quarter turnovers – and just four made baskets — warranted its coach’s frustration, and Hillsman saw a four-point deficit balloon to 11. A 10-3 Hurricanes run to open the second half foreshadowed more lopsided play to come.“They came out man-to-man, and we just didn’t come out and execute,” assistant coach Vonn Read told WAER postgame. “They capitalized on those turnovers.”In a game in which both teams played a fast-paced, pressing style, the one that created more open looks from 3 and protected the ball earned a clear edge. Throughout Sunday’s matchup against Miami (10-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) in Coral Gables, Syracuse (8-7, 2-2) was slow closing out on Hurricane shooters, and lead guard Kiara Lewis committed a season-high nine turnovers.The Orange couldn’t keep up with the red-hot Hurricanes, who shot 40% from behind the arc and 51.9% overall to hand SU a 77-62 loss. Miami’s 77 points is the most Syracuse has allowed in a non-overtime game since then-No. 3 Stanford scored 77 on Nov. 29.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami opened the game on a 10-2 run as Syracuse struggled to locate Hurricane shooters. Miami shot SU out of its zone with three quick triples, forcing the Orange to play man-to-man.In the second quarter, the Orange returned to their 2-3 zone, and Miami made them pay once again. The Hurricanes went 2-for-3 in the second period, including a Mykea Gray corner 3 with 10 seconds left in the half. Miami shot 60% from 3 in the first half to gain a 35-31 halftime advantage.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorSyracuse stayed competitive in the first half thanks to a boost from freshman guard Teisha Hyman, who came off the bench and hit her first five shots. Hyman, who suffered a medial meniscus tear over the summer that slowed her progression this season, scored a season-high 15 points.“She’s a special player,” Read said. “She can really get it going.”In the first half, Hyman scored in transition, off catch-and-shoots and on the offensive glass, but only recorded two points in the second half.Miami continued to drain 3s in the third quarter, hitting its first two attempts. The Hurricanes turned seven SU turnovers into nine points, and Hyman cooled off. SU had no answer for Gray and Kelsey Marshall, who combined for 41 points on 7-for-15 from deep.On one possession in the fourth quarter, quick passing around the perimeter produced a wide-open 3 in the corner that Gabrielle Cooper was late to challenge. The shot missed, but an offensive rebound produced another open 3 and later a putback lay-in.Out of a timeout later in the fourth, Miami’s Marshall finished a layup, then Gray stole SU’s inbound pass and converted another. The sequence gave Miami a 70-51 lead, their largest of the afternoon.Seventeen of Syracuse’s 20 turnovers came from playmakers Lewis and Emily Engstler.Miami’s press baited SU into errant passes, and the Orange allowed fast-break layups. A Miami hail-mary inbound pass to Endia Banks gave the Hurricanes an easy two, and a putback lay-in off a press break on the next possession kept the Orange at bay.Syracuse aims to make 10 3s per game, or at least make more than its opponent Hillsman said on Dec. 4. On Sunday, the Orange did neither.Before the loss to Miami, Syracuse won back-to-back overtime games at home. They return to the Carrier Dome on Jan. 16 for a matchup with Georgia Tech. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

Munster confirm new deals for Flannery & Jones

first_imgPhoto: © Team Manager Niall O’Donovan has signed a three-year deal. Munster have confirmed that Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones have both signed two-year contract extensions.Flannery who had been scrum coach is now confirmed as the forwards coach for next season after taking over the role following the death on Anthony Foley last year.Jones has been made Backline and Attack Coach.last_img

Kawhi , Raptors grind Bucks Into Submission in Game 5 Victory

first_img Source: Sports Illustrated The Raptors are one win away from the NBA Finals after a 105–99 victory over the Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday, taking a 3–2 lead in the topsy-turvy series.Toronto has now won three straight—handing Milwaukee its first three-game losing streak of the season.The tenor of the matchup has completely changed since Game 3, turning into a slowed-down slugfest, and the Raptors have taken advantage of the Bucks’ struggles in the halfcourt to take the series lead.Kawhi Leonard was the best player on the floor in Game 5, scoring 35 points on 11-of-25 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.Leonard has most benefited from the slower pace over the last three games. He’s getting looks he wants through isolations or forced switches, and managing to get himself to the charity stripe.As the game tightened in the fourth, Leonard did his best work, scoring 15 in the final frame. His play is rivaling Stephen Curry for best in the world at this current moment, and Leonard has been the most impactful player in the conference finals on both sides of the ball.Kawhi’s success stood in contrast to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who hasn’t looked like himself in this series. The Greek Freak scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Game 5, but that’s a far cry from his regular-season production.Giannis averaged nearly 28 points per game on close to 58% shooting before the postseason. In the conference finals, he’s averaging 23 points on 45.6% shooting. Toronto stuck Kawhi on Antetokounmpo starting in Game 3, and it’s led to some serious struggles for the MVP favorite.Giannis is clearly having issues being effective in the frontcourt, and his teammates aren’t bailing him out on kick-out passes.Milwaukee had a subpar game from beyond the arc Thursday, hitting 10-of-31 attempts, missing some good looks.Though Eric Bledsoe finally stepped up with a 20-point performance, Khris Middleton scored only six points on 2-of-9 shooting, and he and Brook Lopez combined to hit only one of their six three-point attempts.On the other side of the ball, the Raptors seemingly couldn’t miss from outside. Toronto shot nearly 42% from three, with a notable explosion from Fred VanVleet, who hit seven shots from deep. In a low-possession game, the Raptors’ huge night from three clearly swung the contest. Toronto outscored Milwaukee by 24 from downtown, and also hit 12 more free throws.The Raptors’ excellence in those areas offset their pitiful performance from inside, where they converted only 31.7% of their two-point attempts. Toronto shot only 36.9% from the field overall, but the Bucks were burned by their opponent’s three-point prowess.The Raptors deserve credit for how they’ve turned this series around. After trying to run with Milwaukee in the first two games, Toronto has committed to playing at its own pace over the last three.Even when the Bucks raced out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter, the Raptors methodically chipped away as opposed to pushing the ball and trying to play fast. The patience paid off, as the Bucks couldn’t score as effectively when their transition and semi-transition opportunities went away.last_img read more

Arena sublease, solar power on the agenda for Mason City’s City Council tonight

first_img== The council will also consider awarding a contract to a Dubuque company for solar development services for the multi-purpose arena as well as the city’s wastewater treatment plant and airport. Burnett says Blue Sky Solar submitted the most competitive proposal, which he says will likely provide over $2 million in savings over a 25-year period. Burnett says exploring the feasibility of solar power was identified as a priority by the council.  MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight is being asked to set November 5th as the date for a public hearing for the sublease agreement with Mason City Youth Hockey for the new multi-purpose arena as well as management services for the facility. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says in a memo to the council that the fixed payment for the yearly lease and management fees is $81,000, with a ticket charge also being included based on actual ticket sales. The agreement also includes language pertaining to several items including: insurance requirements; payments required for the space and management services provided by the new arena manager; approving signage and naming rights in the arena; and the operation of concessions. The agreement is a five-year term with seven automatic extensions if notice of termination is not provided by either party, with the first term being for five-and-a-half years due to the partial season this year.  The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.last_img read more