Halftime Snack

January 7, 2010 - 11:50pm
Orange have more variations this season than the unpredictable Onondaga County weather, which was above 50 degrees in December and is plunging to single digits this weekend.

Basketball success flows not just with the SU men this season. The Orange women are 13-1, have already achieved a national ranking and are eschewing individual accolades in favor of victories.

January 2, 2010 - 7:03pm
The Pitt basketball team won for the fifth time in six trips to the Carrier Dome, and exposed the weaknesses of fifth-ranked Syracuse in the process.

No big names, no expectations and no fear. The defensive-minded Pittsburgh Panthers stalled the high-scoring Orange men’s basketball attack Saturday afternoon, and served up the first SU loss in the Dome since Halloween with a 82-72 Big East victory.

December 30, 2009 - 12:19pm
The top scoring teams in Big East raced up court Tuesday on a New Jersey Turnpike reckless trip. Cruising in the car lane was the Seton Hall Pirates; over in the truck lane powered fifth-ranked Syracuse.

Take the truck lane, if you’re on the turnpike. And ride with a Texan who knows high-speed.

Corsicana, Tex. native Wes Johnson is driving a big shiny rig of a basketball game for Syracuse these days, and the forward supplied a 20-point, 19-rebound package in a 80-73 Orange win at Seton Hall’s new shiny home court at the Prudential Center.

Syracuse zooms to 13-0, 1-0 Big East, while the Pirates are curbed in their second consecutive Big East loss, and fall to 9-3, 0-2 in conference.

December 14, 2009 - 2:26am
The Syracuse women are 9-0 for the first time since 1974-75, have a national ranking and are now beating NCAA tournament teams.

The Orange (9-0) limited Dartmouth (2-5), the defending Ivy League champion, to 28 percent shooting in a 56-42 victory Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome for its 19th consecutive non-conference victory.


December 11, 2009 - 2:59pm
Syracuse post Rick Jackson hosted his own coming-out party Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., two-stepping around the basket like that famous Philadelphia high school pivot.

Orange forward Rick Jackson did his best Wilt Chamberlain impersonation, posting a career-best 21 points to go along with a team-high 13 rebounds in No. 6 Syracuse’s 85-73 win over No. 11 Florida in the SEC/Big East Challenge.

“(The Gators) were doubling Arinze (Onuaku) and they were focusing on Andy and Wes,” Jackson told Donna Ditota of The Post-Standard. “I just felt like they forgot about me. So I just had to take advantage of it.” Check out Ditota’s...

December 8, 2009 - 2:59am
Fasten your seat belt, the flashy Allen Iverson returned to the city that loves him.

Fasten your seat belts the flash Allen Iverson returned to the city loves him.

The most fearless player in basketball history, Iverson skipped to Broad Street in a Philadelphia 76ers jersey Monday night against the Denver Nuggets. Divorced from the City of Brotherly Love franchise in 2007, His crossover, his speed and his scoring over 30 points per game) took rich round ball tradition in southeastern Pennsylvania all the way to the 2001 NBA Finals.

December 5, 2009 - 11:58pm
The beginning of December and barely a sniff of snow in Syracuse. The basketball team is ranked in the top 10 and the football season continues again without the Orange. Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

Syracuse residents milled around Saturday afternoon staring at the gray skies, wondering why it was snowing in Pennsylvania and not in the Onondaga County. Beggars should not be choosers—just sit back and enjoy the hot Orange basketball team, 101-50 winners over visiting Maine.


November 27, 2009 - 2:57pm
The Orange (4-7, 1-5 Big East) plays its final game of the 2009 season at Connecticut (5-5, 1-4) on a wet track in an NFL-size stadium before a sold-out crowd. Any chance of victory rests on the SU running game.

Syracuse football comes to a close Saturday afternoon. Halftime Snack ushers out the old and looks ahead to the new.

November 22, 2009 - 5:31pm
Halftime Snack breaks down Syracuse's third touchdown against Rutgers.

November 21, 2009 - 7:32pm
The Syracuse athletics department has caught the “winning fever” from the Orange men’s basketball team. The SU football team kept the mojo flowing Saturday afternoon, shocking No. 25 Rutgers, 31-13, before 36,759 fans at the Carrier Dome.

Halftime Snack thought many things Saturday afternoon in the Dome press box: