Without Tyus Battle for last 11 minutes, Syracuse holds off Toledo, 72-64

first_img Published on November 22, 2017 at 9:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ For 45 seconds Wednesday night, the Carrier Dome fell into an anxious hush. Head coach Jim Boeheim and several other Syracuse players perched. Their heads, and many of the 16,247 fans in attendance, focused on the right wing with 15:44 in the second half of a 72-64 win.There was sophomore guard Tyus Battle, SU’s leading scorer who entered the game with three consecutive 20-plus point games. He reached for his back, grimacing in pain as he had fallen hard to the ground after a block attempt. He needed roughly one minute to get up and walk to the SU sideline on his own. While Battle returned to the game, he reached again for his back after he missed a jumper. He exited and did not return over the last 11:26.It didn’t matter. Syracuse, which entered the break up by only one point, was now up seven when Battle fell. The offense wasn’t clicking, but shots were starting to fall. The 2-3 zone wasn’t as effective as it was Monday in a 24-point dismantling over Oakland, but it did just enough over the last 10 minutes of the game.“We just had to stay in it,” freshman forward Oshae Brissett said. “We had to get stops, then hit shots.”Syracuse (5-0) did that, bundling enough baskets over Toledo (3-1) in the second half to win, 72-64. Kenpom gave Syracuse an 85 percent chance to beat Toledo, though it was not so easy for the Orange. Syracuse needed a resurgence in the second half to pull away from the Rockets, a team Boeheim said could make the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlong with Battle, Syracuse was without junior center Paschal Chukwu for much of the second half, as he picked up his fourth foul with 12:25 on the clock. That the Orange held on long enough despite a lethargic first half and without two starters — including its leading playmaker in Battle — underscores the output picked up by others. (Boeheim said he has “No idea” of Battle’s status.)Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorIn the fifth of six straight home games to start the season, junior guard Frank Howard set his personal high in points, for the second straight game. Monday night, he scored 18, then a career high. Wednesday, he scored 25, rising fluidly to hit several jump shots. He attacked the basket and shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.“Tyus wasn’t having a good night,” Boeheim said. “When he did go out, Frank was pushed into the role, ‘I got to do this.’”So was freshman Brissett, who added 17, combining to stretch the floor (2-for-4 from deep) and help compensate for Chukwu’s interior absence. He fought for position down low, chipping in 14 rebounds and a handful of layups. Redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer added 11 points and a block.Two nights ago, Syracuse cruised by Oakland, 74-50, recording the fourth-most blocks in program history (15). Its zone defense showed development in its effectiveness, Howard said after that game. But it did not carry into Wednesday’s game against the Rockets, which finished last season 17-17 overall and a measly 9-9 in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo’s outside shooters found space. They connected for 12 3s on 25 attempts.To cap off the first half, Rockets junior guard and leading scorer Jaelan Sanford (23.3 points per game) drilled a 3-pointer directly in front of the Syracuse bench. After a Howard heave from midcourt, the Orange walked toward the tunnel with only a one-point lead, its closest game at the half this season. Chukwu let out a sigh as he strolled to the tunnel.“They hit us with a big punch at the end of the first half,” Boeheim said. “A lot of momentum.”About one-third of the Rockets’ points came via the 3, including a 7-of-12 mark in the first half. Syracuse’s previous closest game this year came last Tuesday against Iona, which plays a similar style to Toledo. Both play through the high post, then dish to shooters on the wings or dump off to bigs down low. Toledo stayed within striking distance because it found gaps in the interior of the SU 2-3 zone. The Rockets balanced inside and outside scoring, with eight points inside the arc in the first half to go along with 21 points via the trifecta.“In the first half, they made too many uncontested shots,” said freshman forward Bourama Sidibe, who had four points and seven rebounds. “In the second half, everybody came together and decided to play defense.”Toledo then cooled off from outside. Howard and Brissett found the rim. Syracuse’s defense improved . The Orange had a 49-31 rebound edge in the game, most of which came in the final straw of a three game in five-day stretch for SU, without Battle and Chukwu.“With Tyus going out, to win that game, that was pretty good,” Boeheim said. “That’s a really good win.” Commentslast_img read more

Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies in sparring accident

first_imgLast Updated: 10th November, 2019 10:44 IST Australian Boxer Dwight Ritchie Dies In Sparring Accident Australia’s boxing community was in shock Sunday after middleweight Dwight Ritchie collapsed and died aged just 27, reportedly while sparring Australia’s boxing community was in shock Sunday after middleweight Dwight Ritchie collapsed and died aged just 27, reportedly while sparring. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said he took a body shot on Saturday, walked back to his corner and collapsed. He could not be revived. It said he was sparring in Melbourne with Michael Zerefa, who is preparing for a rematch with Jeff Horn, a former WBO welterweight champion. Ritchie’s promoter Jake Ellis confirmed the news on Facebook.READ | Shooting: Tejaswini Sawant Wins India’s 12th Olympic Quota Place Press Trust Of India Ritchie’s death comes less than a month after American boxer Patrick Day died after suffering a serious brain injury during his knockout defeat to Charles Conwell in Chicago. He was the third boxer to die from injuries sustained in the ring this year. Argentina’s Hugo Santillan died in July following a bout in San Nicolas, just north of Buenos Aires. His death came just two days after Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev died from brain injuries sustained in a fight in Maryland.READ | Conor McGregor’s DNA Tests Prove Allegations Against Him Were FalseREAD | UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Says McGregor Needs 10 Wins Before Rematch He last fought in August, losing to Tim Tszyu by a unanimous decision for the IBF Australasian super welterweight title. 10 months ago Brett Lee turns 43: Relive Australian pacer’s great accolades WE RECOMMEND First Published: 10th November, 2019 10:44 IST “I am truly saddened by the passing of Dwight Richie,” Tszyu said on Instagram. “Only fighters understand the bond shared between them, especially those who shared a ring together. Rest In Peace to a true champion.”  READ | Tokyo Olympics 2020: Nikhat Zareen Wants To Fight Mary Kom In Trial 10 months ago Mass slaughter of Australian racehorses prompts investigation “It is with great sadness and shock to announce that the fighting cowboy Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away today doing what he loved,” he said. “As Dwight’s promoter and friend it’s unbearable to accept the tragic news that’s just surfaced.” Richie, nicknamed “The Fighting Cowboy”, held a 19-2 record. COMMENT 10 months ago US boxer Patrick Day ‘extremely critical’ after match with Cornwall WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago PM Narendra Modi has wonderful gesture for Australian PM Morrison 9 months ago Australia-Chile women’s friendly attracts record 20,029 fans FOLLOW USlast_img read more