Syracuse rides 2nd-half surge past No. 16 Ohio State

first_img Published on November 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 COLUMBUS, Ohio — From the top of Value City Arena, up in section 306, several dozen fans in orange rose to their feet. Their applause could hardly be heard across the building. Syracuse had pulled away, ever so slightly.Three sections below, amid the loud roars and white towels whipping in the air, Tyus Battle found a moment of calm. Up six with a minute left, he crossed over at the top of the key. He eyed an opening down the left side of the lane. Two dribbles left and a floater high fell through off the glass followed. The crowd fell into an anxious hush. Hundreds of Buckeye fans filed for the exits.What happened Wednesday night demonstrated the progression of a rested, reloaded Syracuse. Battle, in his best all-around performance of his junior season, scored a game-high 20 points. In its 72-62 victory over No. 16 Ohio State (6-1), the Orange (4-2) defense played its best game of the season, which doubles as its best performance since March. Despite three players fouling out, Syracuse held on to tally an early road win.“We really needed this,” said Battle, who added a pair of assists and three boards.Syracuse, in its first unfavorable venue since a Round of 32 win over Michigan State in March, entered the break down, 31-29. But sophomore forward Oshae Brissett (14 points, two 3s) and freshman point guard Jalen Carey (4-for-4 from the line down the stretch, plus three assists) initiated a second-half surge that sent SU past the Buckeyes, a No. 5 seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse head coach Jim Boeheim couldn’t put a finger on what led to SU’s 72-point outing, other than an 11-for-24 showing from 3-point range and a good bit of defense.“This was the first time I’ve seen us play the way we need to play,” Boeheim said. “That’s a good sign.”Senior point guard Frank Howard, who scored eight points, said the defense energized an SU offense and lifted them out of a seesaw battle. “Second half, we felt a lot more comfortable taking contact,” he said. “We’re all locked in on both ends, and the shots started to fall.”The victory functions as a boost to Syracuse’s already-underway NCAA Tournament resume, which factors in nonconference performance. The win against No. 16 Ohio State, on the road, also bumps the Orange to two games above .500 and provides belief that SU could enter ACC play at 11-2, given it takes care of the remaining seven nonconference opponents on its schedule.Howard is working back into the lineup following ankle surgery. From the top of the 2-3 zone, he didn’t provide the activeness that made him last year’s ACC steals-per-game leader. He said he still needs about a week before he’ll be 100 percent. But he did cover ground and hit a jumper that silenced the OSU crowd in the second half. He did call plays from the top of the key in a more spaced-out Orange approach. And he did provide security at the point, committing zero turnovers.The win is all the more encouraging given SU’s frontcourt fended off a formidable OSU team. The defense, despite foul trouble turning some of the game into a free-throw contest, became more active. This coincided with OSU falling ice-cold from deep — 6 for 22 from 3 in the game — in part because the SU defense crept up a couple of feet higher. Just a couple.“We guarded the 3-point line better than we have all year,” Boeheim said. “Somehow after that bad start, we did start to defend.”Over the past three seasons, Syracuse’s nonconference road performances have proven to be indicators of not only how the Orange does in conference play, but also whether Syracuse makes the NCAA Tournament. A title victory at the Battle 4 Atlantis became a resume boost on Selection Sunday in 2016. A road loss at Wisconsin, plus other nonconference losses to St. John’s, Connecticut and Georgetown, were key factors in SU’s NIT fate during the 2016-17 season. Last December, the Orange lost to Kansas but picked up a meaningful road win at Georgetown.So while it’s only one game in November, the outcome Wednesday provides a signal of SU’s capability to play in road environments. The OSU victory is the only road matchup of Syracuse’s nonconference slate, and the Orange don’t play away from home again until conference play begins Jan. 5 at Notre Dame.Against the Buckeyes, the Orange came to life midway through the second half. With 11:36 to play and the score even at 45, back-to-back Carey penetrations-and-kicks generated layups for forwards Brissett and Elijah Hughes. Hughes, who dropped 18 on 4-for-9 shooting from deep, drilled a 3-pointer from the wing. The SU bench stood up. Next, Battle hit a jumper and soon SU had a 10-point lead, the momentum in its favor.Despite the towel waves, the gap stayed there for good.With a few seconds left, the only unified noise came from one place way upstairs: section 306. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Lakers can’t keep pace with hot-shooting Miami in summer league loss

first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Related Articles PreviousMiami Heat center Bam Adebayo, left, defends Lakers center Moe Wagner during the first half of Tuesday’s California Classic summer league game in Sacramento. The Heat won 89-74. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers guard Stephaun Branch during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner, left, tries to stop Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Demarcus Holland, left, pulls the ball away from Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeffrey Carroll during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, goes to the basket against Miami Heat guard Tai Webster during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, drives against Miami Heat guard Daryl Macon during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., right, scores over Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, left, defends Lakers center Moe Wagner during the first half of Tuesday’s California Classic summer league game in Sacramento. The Heat won 89-74. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers guard Stephaun Branch during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 9Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers guard Stephaun Branch during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandSACRAMENTO — The Lakers are still looking for their first summer league victory – something they were never close to getting in Tuesday’s 89-74 loss to the Miami Heat.Miami scored the first 10 points of the game and took advantage of sizzling shooting to extend its margin from there, leading by as many as 31 in a wire-to-wire victory in the California Classic at Golden 1 Center.Miami led 31-19 after one quarter, by 19 points at halftime and by 29 going into the fourth quarter. Miami dominated both ends of the court, collecting 15 steals and eight blocked shots while forcing 20 Lakers turnovers and using crisp ball movement to record 27 assists on 33 field goals on offense.There were few bright spots for the Lakers (0-2), who lost a tight game to Sacramento on Monday night. Second-round draft pick Svi Mykhailiuk (No. 47 overall) had a team-high 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, but he finished 2 for 8 from 3-point range. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had nine points, two rebounds and five assists, and Demarcus Holland added 10 points and two rebounds off the bench. Josh Hart, who wasn’t expected to play, talked his way into the lineup for 14 first-half minutes but was held to one point, one rebound and one assist, was whistled for four fouls and missed all four of his shots from the field (0 for 2 from 3-point range). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAlex Caruso, who returned to the Lakers after helping lead Team USA to a 5-1 record in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, led a fourth-quarter charge and finished with eight points, four assists and three steals (but six turnovers) in 22 minutes. First-round pick Moe Wagner (No. 25 overall) had eight points, four rebounds and five turnovers and fouled out in 18 minutes.Miami (1-1) was led by Derrick Jones Jr., who had 21 points, five rebounds and three steals. Duncan Robinson added 19 points, four rebounds and two assists on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, and Bam Adebayo totaled nine points and 10 rebounds. Yante Maten had 15 points, five rebounds and four steals off the bench, and Daryl Macon had a team-high 11 assists.The Heat made 11 of 17 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 13 for 28 overall (46.4 percent). The Lakers never got rolling from the arc, finishing 7 for 23 (30.4 percent). The Lakers had just 14 assists on their 30 field goals.The Lakers are off Wednesday, before finishing the four-team event with a game against Golden State on Thursday at noon. The team will then travel to Las Vegas for the beginning of the traditional NBA summer league, where they will play at least five games.NOTELike Monday, Malik Newman (sprained left foot) and Joel Berry II (right ankle sprain) were again unavailable. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie last_img read more