Syracuse cuts down on turnovers in 2nd half to beat UMBC, 82-48

first_imgAs Syracuse regrouped in the locker room at halftime, head coach Quentin Hillsman informed his team they had committed 10 turnovers — five short of SU’s per-game average. University of Maryland Baltimore County wasn’t even applying full-court pressure. The only thing preventing Syracuse from pulling away was sloppy play. “We had to take care of the ball,” SU point guard Kiara Lewis said. “That was keeping them in the game.” In the second half, Syracuse did just that, coughing the ball up just twice. In the deciding third quarter, which the Orange won 26-12, they scored eight points off UMBC turnovers without committing any of their own. By limiting their mistakes and turning UMBC (2-7) turnovers into points, Syracuse (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 82-48 win in the Carrier Dome. “That’s our goal, to make sure we get a shot every time down the floor,” Hillsman said. “We want to make the defense work, to crash the boards and get some offensive rebounds, and the way you can do that is to get the ball on the glass. Not letting the ball go out of bounds or having a live-ball turnover. So I thought we did a good job in the second half.” Early on, SU couldn’t build a comfortable lead despite forcing seven turnovers and going on a 9-0 run in the first quarter. The Orange shot 2-for-10 from behind the arc in the game’s first 10 minutes and coughed up six turnovers, leading only 17-15 after the first frame.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFreshman guard Teisha Hyman and junior forward Digna Strautmane said SU needs to start games with more “intensity.” Hillsman said his players may have been fatigued from their recent road trips — Sunday was SU’s first home game in two weeks. But the second quarter began with more of the same sluggishness. After a Gabrielle Cooper turnover, two UMBC players ran down the court with only SU point guard Lewis between them and the basket. But before the Retrievers could get a layup in transition, Lewis picked off their back-and-forth lob pass inside.On the other end, Taleah Washington drove to the basket, but her layup missed. The helter-skelter sequence represented a frantically-paced half in which both teams struggled to protect the ball. UMBC, which commits an average of 20 turnovers per game (309th out of 348 in nation), turned it over 21 times, while SU recorded 12 turnovers in total.Still, Syracuse went into halftime with a 38-27 lead fueled by and-1 conversions by Lewis (12 points, five assists, four steals) and Amaya Finklea-Guity (13 points, seven rebounds).In the second half, Syracuse clicked on offense, scoring 26 points without turning the ball over once in the third quarter. After she intercepted a kickout pass halfway through the third, Cooper took the ball coast-to-coast and finished a layup to give Syracuse a 24-point lead, capping a 17-4 run. As the Orange forced turnovers, they often found forward Digna Strautmane spotting up along the 3-point line. Strautmane took all but one of her shot attempts from behind the arc, finishing 5-for-9 from deep for a team-high 17 points. Typically, teams force her to put the ball on the floor by running her off the 3-point line. “Maybe they didn’t scout me enough because usually teams we’ve played before take away my shot, so I have to find other options to score,” Strautmane said. “I was shocked, too.” As Strautmane paced the offense, SU’s defense continued to generate steals and blocks. At one point, when UMBC beat Syracuse’s press, Cooper hustled back on defense, knocking the ball off a Retrievers’ leg and out of bounds before she could attempt a layup.To start the fourth quarter, Lewis snagged a steal in the press and fed Hyman for an easy lay-in, extending SU’s lead to 27. Hyman gave Syracuse a jolt off the bench with 16 points, three assists and no turnovers in her 16 minutes.UMBC – Syracuse’s final non-Power 5 team on its schedule – presented Syracuse an opportunity to get back on track. Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman said he scheduled top-ranked nonconference opponents to prepare his team for ACC play, which begins on Dec. 29. These “opportunities” to compete with the best teams in the nation — No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon and No. 24 Michigan — give his team the best chance to earn resume-boosting wins and have built “toughness,” he said. So far, SU has come up empty-handed, going 0-3 against ranked opponents while dropping out of the AP poll. Syracuse’s bounce-back win on Sunday came off a loss to Michigan in which SU committed a season-high 24 turnovers.“We’ve tested (ourselves) so no one in the country can look at this team and say, ‘They didn’t play anybody.’ They’re going to say the opposite,” Hillsman said.Syracuse entered Sunday’s contest on a three-game losing skid, the program’s first since the 2013-14 season. A loss would’ve given SU its first four-game losing streak since 2009. The Retrievers, on the other hand, rode a five-game losing streak into the Carrier Dome, and their turnovers led them to exit with a 34-point loss.“To get back home and play well, I’m really, really pleased for that,” Hillsman said. “Second half was fantastic.”  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 8, 2019 at 4:10 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

2 Chinese men plead guilty to photographing US Navy base Posted

first_imgAccording to court records, two Chinese men have pleaded guilty to illegally taking photographs at a Florida Navy base.24-year-old Jielun Zhang and Yuhao Wang, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Key West federal court.Zhang, and Wang were charged with illegally photographing a U.S. defense installation, and they each face a year in prison plus a $100,00 fine.Since 2018, four Chinese nationals have been caught taking pictures of Key West military bases.last_img

Riverhounds sign midfielder Joseph Ngwenya

first_imgJOSEPH NGWENYAThe Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Joseph Ngwenya, pending USSF approval.Ngwenya spent the 2013 season with the Richmond Kickers, where he tallied 23 points (9G, 5A) in 20 appearances en route to being named to the USL PRO All-League First Team and one of three finalists for league MVP.“I really liked the atmosphere when we played in Pittsburgh. It was sold out and the fans were amazing, “said Ngwenya, “I think the club has the best facilities in the league and the club’s ambition to win a championship is what ultimately drew me to Pittsburgh.”Originally chosen third overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, Ngwenya has made a total of 118 MLS appearances during stints with LA, the Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew, and D.C. United.“Joe will bring a wealth of experience to the squad this year,” said head coach Justin Evans.  “He is a player who we think will come in and add even more power to our offense in 2014.”In January of 2008, Ngwenya was signed by Austrian Bundesliga club SK Austria Kärnten. In July, he appeared in the unofficial T-Home German Supercup for Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.Ngwenya made his senior international debut for Zimbabwe on June 1, 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Guinea with additional appearances against Kenya and Namibia.last_img read more

See the message David Beckham and family sent to healthcare workers who are battling…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@victoriabeckham)/ITVAdvertisement 1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssnxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eko( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1y4utfWould you ever consider trying this?😱7i1Can your students do this? 🌚fwdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put the human life to a halt. All over the world, people are self isolating themselves in their homes, while doctors and medical workers are putting their best efforts to treat the patients to fight out the virus outbreak that has spread all over the world. Meanwhile, former football icon David Beckham has come forward to convey a thankful message to the healthcare personnel, who are putting their life on the line to curb the further spread of the virus.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@victoriabeckham)/ITVOn his official Instagram account yesterday, David Beckham shared a video, where he is seen along with his three children Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven, clapping along as a thankful gesture to the tireless medical workers of the National Health Service (NHS).Along with the hashtag ‘#ClapForOurCarers’, the clip was captioned with the following: “Happy to be able to come together with the whole country to thank the brave healthcare workers and our brilliant NHS working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-9♥️ #ClapForOurCarers @victoriabeckham @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #HarperSeven”Advertisement Check out the video here-Victoria Beckham, who recorded the clip, could be heard saying in the background: “Us Beckhams are all clapping to show our thanks to all the people who are working so hard for the NHS, all the doctors and all the nurses keeping us safe.”The former England international then concluded by adding “Especially away from your families, we are so so proud of you guys, thank you so much.”The clip received numerous appraisals from the fans, and soon after, many fellow footballers, clubs and thousands of citizens also took it to social media to join the ‘Clap for Carers’ tribute.Premier League toppers Liverpool paid tribute to the NHS staffs through a ‘Thank You’ post on Twitter.Last week, Wembley Stadium also paid tribute to the NHS workers and staffs, lighting up the arch blue, along with a message that read ‘Thank You NHS.’UK has seen more than 11,000 positive Coronavirus cases till date, and 578 patients have died from the virus.All football activities, from the English Premier League to the FA cup and lower division leagues have all been suspended till the end of April.Also read-Read why Indian pacer Mohammed Shami feels ‘being a hero has never been this easy’April 30 soft date for Premier League return to be postponed further Advertisementlast_img read more