‘We can still win this way’: Syracuse’s 74-62 win over Oakland provides blueprint for success

first_imgIt was inefficient, ugly and probably a little close for comfort down the stretch. But Syracuse’s 74-62 win over Oakland on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome might be a blueprint for the Orange going forward. At least that’s what Jim Boeheim said after watching his team lurch to a 12-point win over a Horizon League opponent at home in December. “We’ve got to find a way to keep our turnovers down, hit more 3s,” Boeheim said. “They made a lot more 2s, but we made seven more 3s.”Syracuse (6-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) churned out a win over Oakland (5-6) despite getting outscored in the paint, out-rebounded and outshot from the field. In spite of all this, SU found wiggle room on the stat sheet, relying on its perimeter players to pace an offense primarily via the 3. SU’s 34 3-point attempts were a season-high. This air-raid strategy, Boeheim said, is entirely driven by a lack of size at the forward position. Going back-and-forth with reporters during a brief press conference, Boeheim flatly stated, and repeated, that Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj aren’t heavy enough to properly defend down low. “Well, put 40 pounds on Bourama or on Jesse (Edwards),” Boeheim said. “That’d be the only way. We are covering it better, but it’s not good enough. But when a team takes that much effort to get it in there; if we had had a better offensive game, it wouldn’t have been a problem.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThus, the Grizzlies piled up 2s as they liked, feeding their frontcourt duo of Brad Brechting and Xavier Hill-Mais to the tune of 36 points. All the while, SU hunted 3s on the other end. It started poorly, as Syracuse opened the game with four-straight missed 3s. Before Joe Girard III converted a four-point play more than three and a half minutes into the game, SU only trailed 2-1 thanks mostly to the Golden Grizzlies still feeling out the 2-3 zone. On the next trip to the offensive end, Elijah Hughes buried his first 3. In the course of two possessions, SU jumped to an 8-2 lead. And Buddy Boeheim, even after starting 0-for-5 against Georgetown and 0-for-4 against Oakland, shot his way into a one-man 11-6 run, including two made 3s. “Kind of got the offense going a little,” Buddy Boeheim said. “Always good to go on a run like that.”Because Oakland opts for 2s over 3s, SU didn’t need to be more or even as efficient in its 3-point shooting to win. The Orange generated 33 points from 3s (not counting any free throws drawn) while scoring a combined 41 points otherwise. Syracuse’s 11-34 performance from deep bested Oakland’s 4-for-18 in both quality and quantity.It didn’t matter that Oakland scored two more 2s and made five more free throws because the 3-point gulf (21 points), was too large.Syracuse’s current obvious strength is its trio of shooters in the starting lineup and most nights, Hughes, Boeheim and Girard won’t collectively shoot 35.5-percent from deep. But even if they do, just by making 10 or more 3s total, they can boost the entire offense. “Eleven in a game like this?” Boeheim said, “That’s got to be the least number of 3s we can make. We’ve got to make more.” Jordan Phelps | Staff PhotographerBetter efficiency will be required across the board for the barrage of 3s to be a viable strategy in the ACC, not to mention the possibility of SU simply getting outshot from deep. Jim Boeheim mentioned needing more free throws for Buddy Boeheim and Hughes — Boeheim made his three charity shots; Hughes didn’t attempt a free throw — tacitly acknowledging the efficiency behind free throws.Perhaps no player better epitomized what SU is asking its perimeter players to do than Girard, who finished with 20 points, seven assists and a perfect 7-of-7 mark from the free-throw line. He shot 3-of-10 from deep, which like Boeheim’s 3-of-11 mark needs to rise slightly higher for this strategy to be truly viable. But by taking the open looks from deep when presented and opting to get in the lane to either get fouled or find another shooter when the 3 wasn’t there, Girard presented perhaps the model for what SU’s perimeter players need to do going forward. “If you’re open, shoot it. If you’re not, get it out and run something,” Girard said.For now, Syracuse has two more non-ACC games to find the best balance of 3-point barrage and foul drawing, all while hoping at the same time it doesn’t get overwhelmed inside and outshot entirely. On Wednesday, it was just efficient enough to grind out a win.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

SA scientist leads cancer fight

first_imgSouth African-born scientist Dr Peter Jones has pioneered a new form of cancer treatment called epigenetic therapy. MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Peter Jones University of Southern California +1 323 865 0816 USEFUL LINKS • USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centre • Stand Up To Cancer • Cancer Association of South Africa RELATED ARTICLES • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Vaccine hope for SA women • Top award for Rhodes scientistSamson MulugetaSouth African-born scientist Dr Peter Jones, who conducted his seminal research at Stellenbosch Medical School in the late 1970s, has pioneered a new form of cancer treatment called epigenetic therapy.Instead of killing cancer cells with chemotherapy or radiation, the new form of therapy activates dormant genes in the affected cells and instructs them to become healthy again.During an international clinical trial, the new type of therapy was found to boost some patients’ survival rate from 26% to 50%. The results were published in the British medical journal Lancet in March 2009.Jones emigrated to US in the 1980s and is currently a professor of urology, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Southern California.Together with Dr Stephen Baylin of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he has formed the Dream Team project, which aims to bring the promise of epigenetic therapy to clinical practice. The focus of the project, made possible with a US$9.12-million (R73-million) grant, is on breast, colon and lung cancers as well leukaemia.Jones and Baylin’s effort is funded by Stand Up To Cancer, a US-based charity that supports research on new cancer treatments.Accidental discoveryBorn in Cape Town, Jones received a BSc in biochemistry from the University College of Rhodesia, now the University of Zimbabwe, in 1969, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of London in 1973. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California, from 1973 to 1975.During his stint at Stellenbosch Medical School Jones tried to see whether cancer drugs could trigger cancer in basic – as opposed to specialised – human cells. During this investigation, quite by chance, he and a graduate student found that a basic human cell, once treated with a little-known drug called “aza-c”, started to beat, like a heart.The aza-c had somehow switched on the cell’s genes, turning it into a specialised muscle cell.This gave Jones the idea that the drug could ”turn off” genes in cancerous cells and transform them into healthy ones.“I can still remember being there in the lab at Tygerberg when my grad student ran in and said, ‘My God, I just saw these cells twitching.’ It was completely accidental,” Jones told the Sunday Times.Cancer drugs that have developed from the initial aza-c findings have shown promise in treating acute myelogenous leukaemia and a group of diseases called myelodysplastic syndromes.New field of scienceJones’s work has attracted a number of accolades. In 2008 he was awarded South Africa’s highest cancer research award, the AG Oettle prize, and in 2009 he scooped the prize for basic cancer research from the American Association for Cancer Research and the Kirk and Dorothy Landon Foundation.“It’s very rare in science that you can say the work of individual investigators revolutionises cancer research, but Peter Jones and Stephen Baylin have achieved that kind of paradigm shift,” said Margaret Foti, the association’s chief executive officer.“Their work has changed the way we view molecular causation from a genetic to an epigenetic focus. The potential impact of this work is enormous, and it is already resulting in significant improvements in cancer diagnosis and therapy.”Dr Carl Albrecht, head of research for the Cancer Association of South Africa and a former colleague, said Jones’s work represented “the great new hope” in the war on cancer.“I would not be surprised in the least if Jones were to win the Nobel Prize,” Albrecht told the Sunday Times. “This could prove to be one of South Africa’s greatest gifts to the world,” he said.Jones said the work he began while in South Africa led to a “whole new field of science in the world”.“Something was done in South Africa that has launched a serious new hope,” he said.last_img read more

Anyone who aspires to form a government will have to clarify their position on Patidar reservation: Hardik Patel

first_imgAs the campaigns of the various political parties hots up for the assembly elections in Gujarat, a non-political player, Hardik Patel, and his demand for reservation for the Patidar community, is giving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party sleepless nights. Smita Gupta talks to him on the campaign trail in Bhavnagar district, en route to a public meeting in Umrada.You and your movement appear to have shaken Mr Modi and the BJP. This is an agitation by the people of Gujarat, this is a battle being fought by six crore Gujaratis. Who will get shaken and who won’t, only time will tell. We only want to create an environment that will compel all future governments to work in the interest of the people.Is the demand for reservation for the Patidars the topmost priority of your movement? Yes, definitely: this is a social issue. Anyone who aspires to form a government will have to clarify their position on this. Educational institutions in Gujarat have become corrupt, and there are no jobs. This is a matter of great sorrow. All governments will have to focus on these issues. If we get the opportunity to get a decent education, there will be less chance of youth going astray. If they get proper jobs after that, they will be able to lead honourable lives and won’t be forced to do anything wrong.You are representing the interests of the Patidars who want to be included in the OBC quota to avail of reservation, Alpesh Thakore’s movement began by challenging this demand and Jignesh Mewani represents the Dalits. There are social contradictions between the three, and yet you are on a common platform now.We haven’t come together on a common platform, but on issues that concern all of us. We are talking of oppression, they are talking of prohibition, we are talking of reservation and securing jobs, they are saying its important to get good the education. Where is the contradiction? On the question of the OBC quota, whichever government is there, there are many ways in which our demand for reservation can be accommodated, perhaps even through a constitutional amendment. Whatever the results of these elections, do you think the friendship between you, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mewani can continue?When were we enemies? That is our responsibility.Who will your supporters vote for?They will vote against the BJP, they will vote for their honour, their rights, and will vote so that there will be a prosperous and happy Gujarat.Apart from your demand for reservation, you have been also talking of the demands of the farming community.We want their loans to be waived. For some years we have been saying this is the land of the Green Revolution, this is a land of plenty, this is the land of farmers, and yet in Gujarat even today, many farmers are committing suicide, and they are oppressed by the burden of loans. We want farmers to be given a fair price for their produce.You appeared in the court in Visnagar: do you think the more it appears that the current Gujarat government is trying to act against you, your support will grow. Today you have been delayed, because your return from Mehsana has got converted into a spontaneous road show.People trust me, they agree with my demands. These battles are fought on the basis of issues. We have issues, and whatever legal battles there are, one has to fight them legally. I was to hold my meeting at 4, it is already six because people were there for much of the route. Most people think I won’t be able to make it, but I am told 25,000 people are waiting at Umrada..At the ground level, people from neighbouring villages have come for the meeting to support our issues. What we need are smart villages, not smart cities. If the village is happy, then the cities will automatically become happy places.I have heard you were a social activist, who was handling the social media for the Sardar Patel Group before you started this agitation?At the age of 18, I joined the Sardar Patel Group, and was involved with social issues such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. But at the age of 22, on July 6, 2015, I launched the current agitation. The story of my life and my involvement with social causes would take too long to recount now.If there is a change in government, do you think it will be followed by social changes.In society two kinds of changes take place, social changes and political changes. The social changes are already taking place — people are coming out on the streets and raising their voices. This will be followed by political changes.Will you eventually form a political party?No, no, I won’t do that. I am a social worker.Do you want the Congress to give the Patidars many tickets for the elections?They do that in every election.Are you hoping that the Patidars who get elected will raise your demands inside the government? If the people are strong, then their voices will be raised inside. If the people are strong, what use is to have our representatives inside? We have to become conscious first, not our politicians. It is only when we become conscious, sensible and united, then we will get our demands. The BJP has made a big issue of your meeting with Congress politicians in a hotel. What’s wrong with a social worker meeting politicians? The BJP has become nervous, it has no issues left: it can’t talk about development anymore. It’s my democratic right to meet anyone — I was not meeting terrorists, was I? Are you meeting Rahul Gandhi next week? Yes, absolutely.What issues will you raise? We have already presented our demands: it’s for them to respond. Do you want people from your outfit to contest elections? No, not at all. People are saying that BJP president Amit Shah is nervous about making a public appearance in Gujarat…. I won’t say too much about that: all I can say is that there is an informal Section 144 in 5000 to 6000 villages in Gujarat for the BJP.last_img read more