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

Chanele McGuinness: Donegal is a “songwriter’s dream”

first_imgChanele McGuinness from Ballyshannon gained international attention when her duet with rapper Bxnjamin was used in a Galaxy chocolate advertisement.The pair covered the classic ‘Moon River’, adding their own contemporary twist. The 23-year-old musician spoke to the Irish Independent about how Donegal is a “pocket of creativity”, and due to Donegal’s “isolation”, natives of the county create their own style!She also says that no matter where work takes her, Donegal will always be home and described the county as a “songwriter’s dream”.Chanele says “the reaction from locals was so sweet. People were so supportive, coming up to me and saying well done, and it created a good buzz locally which was great.”“You can’t beat Donegal, I mean look at it, it’s amazing – and, yes, it’s a bit isolated, far from Belfast, far from Dublin, even far from Galway really, but because we’re a bit isolated, we’ve developed our own style I think.” “I suppose it could be that there are less distractions when I’m at home in Donegal. The wilderness, the quietness – that’s a songwriter’s dream, really.”Chanele also noted the difficulties faced in Donegal, such as the lack of employment.“So many of my age group had to leave for work, mostly to Australia, the UK, lots to Dublin, too. Sometimes, there’s barely anyone here who I went to school with.”“It’s about time Donegal got the positive attention it deserves! It’s authentic, unspoilt and natural. We’re very proud of it and carry it with us no matter where we go.”Chanele McGuinness: Donegal is a “songwriter’s dream” was last modified: January 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chanele mc guinnessdonegalsongwritersongwriters dreamlast_img read more