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Women's basketball wins finale vs. Boston College, earns 8 seed for ACC tournament

Senior Day saw Syracuse recognize three seniors before the game.

Syracuse women's basketball outscored Boston College 24-18 in the fourth quarter to break away and defeat the Eagles 69-63.

Before the game, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman and the women's basketball program honored Abby Grant, Jasmine Nwajei and Marisa Romeo during Senior Day celebrations.

From the opening drive, the Orange were ready to compete. Junior guard Miranda Drummond scored an elbow three on a pass from sophomore guard Tiana Mangakahia. Freshman forward Digna Strautmane took a similar shot as Drummond, but hers hit the back rim and bounced out of bounds. At one point in the quarter, Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 ACC) led Boston College (7-22, 2-14) 18-7 following Strautmane's second basket of the game.

The Eagles flew back in the second quarter. Georgia Pineau found Milan Bolden-Morris on back to back possessions to make it a 30-29 game with 2:13 remaining in the second quarter. The Orange were held scoreless for over four minutes until Mangakahia found space on a step-back three to give the Orange a two-point lead into halftime.

Syracuse started the third quarter fast, grabbing early buckets from Amaya Finklea-Guity and Strautmane. Boston College didn't score for almost five minutes to start the half until Pineau scored a pair at the free-throw line. This sparked another run for the visiting team and Taylor Ortlepp scored two-straight threes to tie the game at 45 after three quarters.

Syracuse pulled away from Boston College in the fourth quarter to earn its 10th ACC win of the season. Despite trailing 52-49 at one point, Coach Hillsman's team went on a 15-6 run thanks to second chance points and defensive stops to end the game 69-63.

Syracuse begins its ACC tournament schedule on March 1 when they play Virginia Tech. The Hokies gave Syracuse its first home loss of the season on Feb. 1. The game starts at 2 p.m.


Backcourt decisive as SU finish 2017 with first ACC win of season

SU starters score 64 of 68 points in ACC opener.

Syracuse basketball begin ACC play with a convincing 68-56 win over Virginia Tech.

The Orange (12-2, 1-0 ACC) welcomed the visiting Hokies (11-3, 0-1 ACC) to the Carrier Dome looking to win its first ACC opener since 2014-2015, when they beat Virgina Tech 68-66 in Blacksburg, Va.

The game began with back and forth scoring between both teams. Syracuse has done well when jumping ahead to an early lead, however struggled to do so in this game. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett opened the game with a layup following a block from center Paschal Chukwu. Chukwu, the redshirt junior, was the only big man on the court following another missed game from Bourama Sidibe.

Freshman forward Matthew Moyer was a big threat on both the offensive and defensive boards. Following a three-point miss from Tyus Battle, Moyer grabbed the offensive board and grabbed a pair of easy points. Moyer finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, four of them coming on the offensive glass.

Battle and Howard were assets again for the Orange offense. Both of them played all forty minutes, grabbing 17 points a piece. Howard shot three of four from three and Battle shot 50 percent from within the three point line.

Right at the end of the first half, Syracuse jumped out to its largest lead of the half when Battle hit a three pointer. Going into halftime with a 13 point lead, Syracuse would be really proud of holding Virginia Tech to 19 first half points.

The second half was more even, however Syracuse did not sucumb the lead and kept momentum. Despite the visiting Hokies bringing the score to within three, the Orange then scored nine unanswered points to make the score 45-31.

Syracuse's defense forced seven blocks, three from Chukwu and two from freshman forward Marek Dolezaj. While Virginia Tech had more steals and points off turnovers, SU were able to keep the lead for longer.

Syracuse play its next game on Jan. 3 at Wake Forest, who lost 73-69 to North Carolina.


Men's basketball lose non-conference game in overtime to St. Bonaventure

Syracuse only scored four points in the overtime period, seven less than they did versus Georgetown.

Syracuse's second-half heroics brought the home team to overtime, but they fell to St. Bonaventure 60-57 in overtime on Friday.

Following the comfortable win Tuesday against Buffalo, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim wanted to continue the team's winning streak, playing its third game in six days. The game went back and forth to start with neither team able to break away.

The best player of the first half was on the visiting Bonnies in Jaylen Adams. The junior guard scored 21 points in the first half, where St. Bonaventure were leading at one point by 10 points. However right before half time, junior guard Frank Howard scored a three pointer to cut the lead to seven.

Syracuse began the second half slow, which allowed St. Bonaventure to increase its lead. The three point shot would not fall consistently for the Orange. However, similar to the Georgetown game, they clawed their way back. With Tyus Battle struggling to get going, Howard and Oshae Brissett stepped up in multiple ways. Brissett had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Howard led the Orange with 19 points and six assists.

Marek Dolezaj proved to be a defensive and offensive threat again, grabbing consecutive offensive rebounds during a play down the stretch, giving Syracuse a chance to cut the lead to a one possession game. His 10 total rebounds is a career-high for the Slovakian forward, who played 27 minutes.

Syracuse did not tie the game until there was less than a minute left. Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu, who played 32 minutes, got fouled after making a shot and made his free throw. Syracuse's defense did a good job stopping Adams in the second half, and he needed to pass up on the final shot for the Bonnies, which was missed. Boeheim used his final timeout to draw up a play, however missed close range shots meant Syracuse would be in their second overtime game in the last three.

In overtime, Dolezaj grabbed a basket to regain the lead, however St. Bonaventure drew fouls and made their free throws. Syracuse had offensive possessions go to waste, including an offensive charge called on Dolezaj. Syracuse were down three with seconds remaining, but a corner three from guard Howard Washignton was blocked and the game was finished.

Syracuse's final non-conference game is against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 27 in the Carrier Dome.    

Brissett the difference in Syracuse win over Buffalo

Syracuse finished shooting 50 percent from the field

Four days after Syracuse's emotional win over former Big East rival Georgetown, the Orange welcomed a tough task from the University of Buffalo, scrapping a 81-74 win on Tuesday.

The Orange found it difficult to break away from the western New York school, who wanted to build on its three-game winning streak. The Bulls remained within striking distance the entire game, taking the lead multiple times in the game.

Freshman forward Matthew Moyer, who has found his shooting touch in recent games, grabbed early boards and baskets. He proved to be such a threat at the glass that the Bills defence forced him to shoot mid-range jump shots.

"They didn't guard Matt, and Matt took advantage of that in the first half," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after the game.

One difference early on was the reliance on center Paschal Chukwu. With Bourama Sidibe out of the game, Chukwu played a career-high 37 minutes, grabbing five points. When Chukwu wasn't in the middle of the 2-3 zone, freshman forward Marek Dolezaj took his place. This found success against Georgetown, so Dolezaj played his role for a much shorter role of the game.

There was also increased minutes for Howard Washington. The alternate replacement to Howard and Battle, Washington played eight minutes and recorded two minutes. The increased minutes came as a result of Howard reaching foul trouble during the first half, collecting three fouls. However, he avoided fouling out in his remaining time on the court.

The largest contributor of the game was freshman forward Oshae Brissett. He continued on his dominance from the final 25 minutes of the Georgetown game, grabbing 25 points and eight rebounds. While he struggled from the field, Brissett was perfect from the free throw line, making all 16 of his shots. This was a season-high for Brissett and the most recorded by a SU player since 2009.

Brissett played the role usually of Tyus Battle, who has played the role of hero late in games so far this season. Buffalo did a really good job closing them down, Boeheim said after the game. 

"Buffalo relaly played well. I thought they attacked our defense well. They made some big shots. Defensively, they were really good," Boeheim said.

Battle, the sophomore guard, finished with 13 points after 40 minutes.

Syracuse play St. Bonaventure on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Orange come back from 13 points down, defeat Georgetown in Overtime

Syracuse scored 17 points in overtime.

Washington D.C -- Offensive struggles and defensive mishaps led to a low-scoring first half, but Syracuse came back strong from 13 down to beat Georgetown 86-79 in overtime.

There were as many Syracuse fans as Georgetown fans at the start of the game. Any time the hometown Hoyas tried to get a chant going early, the visiting fans silenced them by cheering louder.

Points were hard to come by for the former Big East rivals. Sophomore guard Tyus Battle scored the first points of the game, drawing a foul on a midrange jumper and hitting the basket. Battle and junior guard Frank Howard scored the first nine points for the Orange, however this was in the opening eight minutes. Syracuse instead insisted on missing simple reads and having turnovers.

To make up for the lack of points, there were an abundance of fouls for both teams that found themselves in the bonus.

When talking about the first half offense for both teams, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim described it all in one word: painful.  

Midway through the first half, Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing instructed his players to break out the press defense to try and prevent a Syracuse run. This worked for the Hoyas as they went on a 10-2 run.

Players were heated, with Georgetown guard Jagan Mosley pushing freshman center Bourama Sidibe on a screen. The center from Mali wasn’t able to make his lone free throw, though. Both him and junior center Paschal Chukwu combined for zero points and five fouls.  While this wasn’t a conference game, the players played as if it was.

The second half began with both teams drawing unnecessary fouls. Georgetown guard Jonathan Mulmore tried to steal the ball off Howard but got contact. Moyer fouled forward Pickett on a baseline jumper, where the Hoya scored both free throws.

Freshman forward Oshae Brissett grabbed his first field goal off a jump step drive to the basket, which were the first points for the Orange of the half. However, Georgetown grabbed the first double digit lead for either team of the game. 

Brissett scored 10 of the first 16 points for Orange as they cut the lead to seven. But six consecutive missed field goals led to Georgetown increasing their lead to 13.

The Orange tried to get back into the game. A layup by Howard and three by Brissett saw the lead cut to eight, but a blocking foul on Dolezaj saw the lead go back to double digits. They tried to get back into it using the full court press and while there was some success, it wasn’t enough.

“Sometimes you go for the press and just hope, it was one of those days,” Boeheim said.

Syracuse clawed back into this game, trailing by two with ninety seconds left after a corner three from Battle. 

“We never doubt ourselves. We trust ourselves and we know whatever Coach draws up on the board, we have to do that,” Brissett said.

A steal by Howard tied the game at 69-69. Syracuse had multiple chances to take the lead, however three missed chances led to the game being tied.

Brissett won the overtime tip for the Orange, who took their time and drew up the perfect play for Battle to hit his fifth three-pointer of the game. 

“I was playing with a lot of confidence. It was great,” Battle said.

Boeheim saw that with his play, too.

“I knew he was looking for it," Boeheim said when talking about his back to back three point shots in overtime.

Chukwu fouled out with 2:06 remaining in overtime, bringing Dolezaj back into the game. Battle continued to be hot from three, scoring one from the free throw extended. He previously injured his back, however it wasn’t affecting him towards the stretch.

“I’m feeling good so far, and I just got to continue rehab and stay healthy and I’ll be ready to go,” Battle said.

The biggest difference in overtime was free-throw success. Syracuse went to the line and were 6 of 8 from the line, increasing the lead each time. An air ball on a 3 pointer by Pickett deflated the Hoya crowd, asking themselves what went wrong.

“I’m proud of how our guys came back in this game. It was not looking too good for a while,” Boeheim said.

Cuse Quarter: Episode 10

The final Syracuse football show of the 2017 season previews Syracuse vs. Louisville.

This is the final episode of Cuse Quarter, the football show on Syracuse University football.

Host Monica Ortiz speaks with Tommy Farrell and Jonathan Singh about last week's loss against Wake Forest and previews the game against Louisville. Syracuse needs to win its final two games of the season to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

Cuse Quarter: Episode 9

This SU football show focuses on the upcoming game against Wake Forest.

This week on the Cuse Quarter focuses on last week's heartbreaking loss to Florida State Seminoles and the upcoming game against Wake Forest. With questions surround Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and the first game in the Dome in four weeks, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers will want to get a win

Syracuse currently has a 4-5 record, needing two wins in the remaining three games to confirm their appearance in a bowl game.

New faces flourish in opening game for Syracuse women's basketball

The Orange had 87 points from new players.

Syracuse women’s basketball opened its season looking confident after grabbing a 95-68 win over Morgan State.

A team composed of primarily back ups from last year and new players saw off the Bears, with five Orange players scoring double digits.

Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman, in his 12th year at the helm of the Syracuse program, looked at the positives from what he saw from the team in its first game.

“I was very pleased with their effort from the first game,” Coach Hillsman said.

The productivity came from two of the newest faces to the team. Freshman forward Digna Strautmane scored her first points for the Orange right off the opening tip off, dribbling the ball fast to the hoop before pulling up and floating it in.

Tiana Mangakahia, sophomore guard from Meadowbrook Australia, also had a great debut for the Orange. Mangakahia had six points and ten assists, leading the team in assists. This was Mangakahia’s first game in two years, and she was really pleased to be back on the court.

“Tiana did a really good job getting our players open looks. Her job is to get in the paint because that’s the way we play,” Coach Hillsman said.

Mangakahia was pleased to return to the court. Following her time in Australia, she practiced at Hutchinson Community College. However, she’s taking the leading role on her new team.

“I like that he trusts me and I can lead the team. I also like to get my teammates involved on the floor,” Mangakahia said.

Syracuse recorded 30 rebounds in the first half, 19 off the offensive glass. A majority of these opportunities came off missed three-pointers, which definitely was a weak part of their game. 

Syracuse missed its opening 13 3-point shots until redshirt junior guard Isis Young hit two in a row. However, they finished the first half under 15 percent from beyond the arc.

Defensively, their full court press worked efficiently, forcing Morgan State to turn the ball over 29 times. Syracuse took advantage of these extra opportunities, scoring 39 points off turnovers.

“We’re very pleased with the pace and the effort,” Coach Hillsman said.

One main difference from last year was the depth of the team. While last year they had six or seven stars, 12 members of the Orange were on the court tonight.

The third quarter started off strong again for the Orange, with Strautmane leading the way. She grabbed her first two points that quarter the same she did in the first quarter, driving to the hoop and dropping the ball in from about ten-feet out. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

“It was fun for the first game. We’re going to get better as a team,” Strautmane said.

While their three-point struggles continued (finished 6 for 36 in the game), there were times of magic. Young found the slightest bit of room under two Bears players, throwing the ball up off the glass.

One returning Orange struggled offensively. Sophomore guard Gabby Cooper only played 17 minutes after getting in foul trouble early. She didn’t hit her first field goal until the fourth quarter, but her three point make gave her the confidence to get another.

Syracuse play its next game on Nov. 16 against Maryland Eastern Shore at 7 p.m. 

Cuse Quarter: Episode 8

This week on the Cuse Quarter, host Monica Ortiz welcomes Jonathan Singh, Tommy Farrell and India Timpton discuss Syracuse football's game against Florida State.

Last week, the team had a bye week, but they return to the Sunshine State where they last played Miami to a 27-19 loss. However, Dino Babers and the team will look to take an advantage of a depleated Seminoles team. Last season, Florida State beat Syracuse 45-14.


The Orange Card: Goose Eggs

The regular season wrap up for Syracuse soccer.

On this week's episode of The Orange Card, Tyler Dudley discusses the end of the regular season for both Syracuse soccer teams. The women closed its season out with a 0-0 draw at Virginia Tech on Thursday, while the men doubled their ACC point total with a 0-0 draw against Wake Forest.

In national news, an interim head coach has taken charge of the United States men's national team, while the MLS playoffs has begun.

As always, they look at the top ten stories in soccer. Finally, Will looks at the bright future of England soccer.