Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win vs. Lehigh

first_img Published on November 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm Syracuse (1-0) used a torrid first half to edge Lehigh (0-1), 57-47, in the Carrier Dome on Friday night. Here are three quick thoughts on the Orange’s season-opening win.1. Role reversal After Syracuse jumped out to a 20-point lead after 20 minutes, Lehigh roared back into the game and Syracuse found itself in an unfamiliar situation.The Mountain Hawks, for much of the second half, shifted into a 2-3 zone to slow down Syracuse’s breakneck game and claw back. It left the Orange searching the perimeter for open shots, and only after Trevor Cooney andMichael Gbinije made 3s toward the end of the game did Lehigh switch back into a man-to-man defense that SU could penetrate against.The unveiling of Syracuse’s refocused perimeter offense got off to a slow start and Lehigh’s zone only magnified that. The Orange finished just 11-for-34 from beyond the arc, but made enough shots at the right times to avoid a season-opening upset. The game — just one short look at how SU plans to play this season — showed that Syracuse is capable of both living and dying by its ability to hit 3s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Monday, it lived. But the Mountain Hawks were only picked to win the Patriot League and the season is very young.2. Fresh legs Freshman forward Tyler Lydon provided a big boost for the Orange on Friday night, but not by scoring the basketball.Lydon played 28 minutes in place of starters Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson — Coleman for foul trouble after picking up two early and a third with 15:36 left in the game, and Roberson for poor rebounding and defense. Lydon was very active on both ends, finishing with four points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. In his collegiate debut, Lydon’s biggest effects on the game come on hustle plays. He frequently went to the floor after loose balls and made two athletic saves under the Orange’s rim to kickstart the fast break in the first half.Junior center Chinonso Obokoh was also impressive in place of Coleman, finishing with four defensive rebounds and a game-high four blocks.3. First-half defense sets the toneIn the opening possessions of the game, Lehigh looked like it would expose Syracuse’s 2-3 zone all night. Entry passes found open players in the short corner. There was room to attack out of the high post. Any adjustments by the Orange promised to open up the perimeter for the Mountain Hawks’ shooters.But then Syracuse picked up defensive intensity and scoring opportunities vanished. Lehigh scored just 12 first-half points while shooting 2-for-23 from the field and 1-for-10 from 3. The Mountain Hawks also committed 12 turnovers, and didn’t score a field goal for the final 13:14 while the Orange went on a 12-3 run.Lehigh tweaked its offense, rediscovered the holes and opened the second half with an 18-4 run, turning an inevitable blowout into a tight contest. But it didn’t matter that the regular-season debut of SU’s 3-heavy offense was underwhelming, because Lehigh’s first-half output put it down 20 points it couldn’t make up for.  The Hawks finished 2-for-17 from 3, which was the biggest impediment on its comeback chances.Syracuse, with just one player shorter than 6 feet, 4 inches in its nine-man rotation, ultimately used its length to stiff arm an upset bid. And it probably won’t be the last time that happens this season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MLB star Josh Donaldson’s mother quits smoking for a $70,000 Maserati, Watch video

first_img WATCH US LIVE Colin DCunha A number of MLB stars reacted to Josh Donaldson’s surprise. Among them was fellow three-time MLB All-Star J.D. Martinez, who called Josh Donaldson’s mother’s reaction as the “Best reaction ever.” Four-time MLB All-Star Ian Kinsler also weighed in, amazing at the former Atlanta Braves third baseman’s surprise. Josh Donaldson is a fan of the History Channel series Vikings and also appeared in an episode on the show. It was, therefore, fitting that Vikings star Katheryn Winnick also hailed Josh Donaldson’s gift on Instagram.Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Gerrit Cole Deal Could Have Domino Effect On Other Free Agent Moves First Published: 16th December, 2019 16:03 IST COMMENT These are exciting times in Major League Baseball (MLB). After a week packed with blockbuster deals that saw first Stephen Strasburg and then Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon sign more-than-lucrative deals, it was now free agent Josh Donaldson’s turn to grab the headlines. While the former Atlanta Braves third baseman has not yet signed a new deal with the Braves, Josh Donaldson did make a hefty purchase this week for all the right reasons. Also Read | Houston Astros Sign-stealing Controversy Deepens; 60 Witnesses And 76,000 Emails RetrievedMLB: Josh Donaldson gifts mother a $70,000 MaseratiApparently, Josh Donaldson made a deal with his mother a couple of years ago. The deal involved his mother, Lisa French, having to quit smoking. If she were to successfully quit smoking, he promised her a handsome reward. This past weekend, Josh Donaldson stood true to his word. Also Read | Gerrit Cole Signs Stratospheric Record-breaking Deal With Yankees, To Earn $324 Million Last Updated: 16th December, 2019 16:03 IST MLB Star Josh Donaldson’s Mother Quits Smoking For A $70,000 Maserati, Watch Video Three-time MLB All-Star Josh Donaldson surprised his mother with a $70,000 Maserati. The MLB star made a deal with his mother two years ago to quit smoking.center_img The former Atlanta Braves third baseman surprised his mother with a $70,000 Maserati – his way of congratulating his mother for kicking the smoking habit. Josh Donaldson posted a video of the $70,000 surprise on Instagram. The video shows Josh Donaldson’s mother Lisa French jumping in surprise as the three-time MLB All-Star rolls up to the house in a white Maserati.Also Read | MLB: World Series Flasher Julia Rose To Attend Gerrit Cole’s Yankees Debut? SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Sars hoping for Munster Success

first_imgThrow in in Walsh Park, Waterford, is at 2 o’clock tomorrow, and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Arrabawn Tyone Mill, Nenagh. Thurles Sarsfields are hoping to everything goes to plan when they take on Ballygunner – whom they defeated by a single point last year.Both clubs are on a four-in-a-row run in their respective counties.Sars coach Paddy McCormack says they want to represent Tipperary well at Munster level…last_img