Superlatives from Syracuse’s 80-67 dispatching of Texas Southern

first_img Published on November 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Syracuse (3-0) opened Hoophall Miami Invitational play with an 80-67 dispatching of Texas Southern (0-4) on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. After a back-and-forth first half — no team led by more than eight — the Orange opened up the game in the second half after Tyus Battle returned. He sat out the last nine minutes of the first half with two fouls. Battle’s 16 second-half points and dunking theatrics helped Syracuse blow open an eight-point halftime lead.Here are superlatives from the game:The Big Moment: Tyus Battle’s tomahawk jamMidway through the first half, Battle caught a pass in the far corner, faked left toward the middle, then spun back toward the baseline. He put Texas Southern’s Donte Clark on skates and blew by him to attack the basket. When he rose up from the baseline, the Tigers 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed ducked, turned upcourt and vacated the premises. Battle’s tomahawk dunk charged 16,000 previously listless fans to life and the end result seemed locked.Stud: Geno ThorpeAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll fall, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has said that Thorpe hasn’t been playing up to his potential because of a lingering right-ankle injury. It looked as though the grad transfer from South Florida found his footing on Saturday. He hit 3s, and-1s and facilitated an offense that stagnated in the first half. He played active defense atop the 2-3 zone when foul trouble limited Battle.It was the exact reason Syracuse’s assistant coach Allen Griffin called Thorpe in the first place. Yes, Battle displaced Thorpe to start the second half and had nine points in an 11-0 run, but Thorpe enabled the Orange to sit Battle with two fouls for that long stretch in the first and still handle business against the Tigers.Dud: Oshae BrissettEarly in the first half, Syracuse’s freshman attacked the basket from the right side and challenged Texas Southern’s 7-foot-2 Reed. Brissett absorbed the contact and controlled his body the entire way but his shot was a brick off the backboard that seemed not to catch any iron. It ended up on the other side of the court and in the Tigers hands.That play epitomized the forward’s night. He was long enough to deflect passes on defense and grab 10 rebounds, but the finer points of his game appeared unpolished. He missed all five of his first-half attempts and finished 2-of-12 on the night. In the second half, a quick turnover in the high post and bobbling a rebound on the other end earned a quick hook from Boeheim. Brissett still played plenty after that, a function of Syracuse’s roster as much as anything, but it provided the freshman time to pull through his tough shooting night.Highlight: We playing winners?From a Marek Dolezaj layup with 48 seconds to go in the first half to a Frank Howard layup with more than five minutes gone in the second half, the Orange turned a 37-30 lead into a 53-30 lead. The 18-0 run fully separated Syracuse from Texas Southern and was keyed by Battle, who had nine of those points.  The run included Battle’s highlight dunk and an alley-oop from Frank Howard to Paschal Chukwu, a close runner-up for “The Big Moment.”Lowlight: Rough startBrissett’s deep jump shot ricocheted high off the glass and then a scrum ensued underneath. The crowd, standing and clapping as they do when awaiting the Orange’s first points of the half, clapped unevenly, sensing they were close to getting what they wanted. But they weren’t. Matthew Moyer collected a rebound and kicked it to Battle, who missed a jump shot. Moyer grabbed another offensive rebound and then missed a jumper himself. Brissett rebounded and missed one of his own and then he was fouled. He walked to the line and Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara shook his head. He looked from the Carrier Dome floor to the rafters. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Larry Nance Jr. considers Brandon Ingram the “real deal”

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s the real deal,” Nance said of Ingram. Ingram hopes to cast that impression more when the Lakers open summer-league play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Ingram’s teammates, however, only needed a handful of practices before glowing about the Lakers’ No. 2 pick. “It gives me motivation,” Ingram said. “But I always go back to that quote, ‘You’ve never arrived,’” Ingram said. “It’s a good compliment. But I’ll have to keep working.”So Ingram wasted little time during Wednesday’s practice trying to cast a favorable impression on Lakers coach Luke Walton, who had considered Ingram his preferred choice in the 2016 NBA draft. As he has strived to reduce turnovers, Ingram still left Walton “very excited about what he can do” with his ball-handling skills, post presence and defensive aggressiveness. Ingram amazed Nance enough with his quickness that he said Ingram “runs like a deer.” “He has the whole skill-set,” Walton said. “He’s going to have to get stronger and learn the NBA game. But he’s got a great feel for how to get open and what’s happening on the court. For me, that’s huge.”It also became huge during Wednesday’s practice, the majority of which was closed to the media. During one of their scrimmages, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell took a jumpshot that unexpectedly was an airball. He openly wondered if Ingram somehow blocked his shot despite not seeing it. After all, Ingram’s 7-foot-3 wingspan allows him to cover parts of the court no one else can reach. When Ingram confirmed he blocked the shot, Russell recalled saying, “‘You were nowhere near me.’”“He’s a mismatch all over the floor,” Russell said of Ingram. “He can run the floor. He has God-given talent that you can’t really teach with his length, height and skill. Everything about him, I feel like the sky is the limit.” The Lakers feel the same way about themselves. Russell wants to establish both more of his post-game and playmaking after averaging only 11.8 points on 37.7 percent shooting, 3.5 turnovers and 3.2 assists at last year’s summer league. Nance plans to attempt more 3-pointers and hopes to “see myself on SportsCenter a few times” for his signature dunks. Walton hopes the Lakers progress with their ball movement. Yet, most of the focus will center on Ingram, who enters summer league play with one objective. “To win, of course,” Ingram said. “If you’re not trying to win, there’s no point in playing.”Ingram hopes to do that by involving his teammates and compensate any shooting struggles with defensive hustle. He will also strive to offer the same physical presence that changed Nance’s sentiments. “I just use my toughness,” Ingram said. “If you can play the basketball and score the ball, it really doesn’t matter how big or small you are. Of course the weight is going to go up and help me out a lot. But I’m doing what I can right now to score the ball.”And Ingram is doing what he can right now to leave his teammates even more intrigued about his potential. center_img EL SEGUNDO >> The skeletal, 195-pound frame of Brandon Ingram prompted a knee-jerk reaction from a Lakers teammate.“This kid is real skinny,” Larry Nance Jr. recalled thinking. “He can play, but it’ll take a while.”Then, Nance Jr. experienced Ingram defending him with force. He became physical when he fought through screens. He did not shy away from contact when he fought for rebounds. Nance Jr. soon phoned his father, a former 13-year NBA player and delivered a message that he has repeated to anyone else who has asked.last_img read more

Eight COVID-19 deaths reported in Cerro Gordo County, one in Hancock

first_imgFloyd862 Floyd61 Hancock704 DES MOINES — Eight of the 18 new COVID-19-related deaths reported to the state of Iowa in the last 24 hours are from Cerro Gordo County, with another from Hancock County. The Cerro Gordo County deaths took place between July 8th and the 15th. Seven of those were people over the age of 80, while one was a person in the 61-80 age range.  As of newstime, no other details about the death in Hancock County have been released. That brings the number of deaths in our immediate listening area since the start of the pandemic to 16 — nine in Cerro Gordo; two each in Butler, Floyd, and Hancock; and one in Wright. 61 more positive cases of COVID-19 in our listening area were also confirmed in the 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning — 17 of those in Cerro Gordo; 14 in Kossuth; five each in Butler, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Wright; four in Hancock; three in Worth; two in Floyd; and one in Franklin. The new cases bring the area’s pandemic total to 1316 — 409 in Wright; 364 in Cerro Gordo; 118 in Franklin; 86 in Floyd; 75 in Butler; 70 in Hancock; 58 in Kossuth; 53 in Mitchell; 52 in Winnebago and 31 in Worth. Nine more people with COVID-19 have been reported as fully recovered — six in Cerro Gordo; and single cases in Butler, Mitchell, and Winnebago — to bring the area total to 765, or just under 60%. Looking at the statewide numbers in the same 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning — 830 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported for a pandemic total of 36,866. 258 more have recovered for a total of 27,360. DeathsNew Wright1 Hancock21 Kossuth Worth313 Worth10 Kossuth5814 Butler2 Butler561 Winnebago Cerro Gordo36417 Mitchell371 Mitchell535 Franklin Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd2 Wright332 Area Total7659 Kossuth27 Cerro Gordo98 Franklin1181 RecoveredNew Recovered Winnebago525 Area Total16 Wright4095 Butler755 Hancock50 Worth Mitchell Winnebago241 Cerro Gordo996 Franklin69 Area Total131661last_img read more