Syracuse again uses strong second half to win, downing Texas Southern, 80-67

first_imgAlthough the season is still very young for Syracuse, a trend has emerged. SU has struggled to pull away in the first half in each of its first three games, all at home against weaker opponents that rank outside the Top 120 teams in the country, per Kenpom.com.It happened again on Saturday night. Every time Syracuse looked like it would go on a run, something happened. Syracuse made two-of-three shots in the span of one minute halfway through the first half to take its first lead, but then Tyus Battle picked up his second foul and sat the rest of the way. With 1:31 left to go, Geno Thorpe scored a transition layup and got the and-1, but then missed the free throw. Texas Souther University hit a 3-pointer immediately after.“Tonight was the first time we’ve seen a 2-3 (zone),” junior point guard Frank Howard said. “And we were kind of just a little stagnant in the first half.”But, just like it has in the first two games, Syracuse (3-0) played much better in the second half. Battle drained a 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of a defender 11 seconds into the new frame. Nearly eight minutes into the latter stanza, he spun baseline to get out of a trap in the corner and cocked back a vicious one-handed dunk. In between, the Orange went on a 15-0 run to start the half, helping it pull away from Texas Southern (0-4), 80-67, Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome.“Offensively, the first half, it looked like we didn’t see a zone before,” head coach Jim Boeheim said bitingly. “Second half we moved the ball, got it in the high post.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoing into this game, the Orange had shot just 37.2 percent in the first half of games. In the second half that number jumped up to 52.6.A similar thing happened against TSU. The Orange shot 41.4 percent in the first half. It got up to 50 percent in the second.SU seemed lethargic in the first half. Howard motioned to his teammates to pick up the pace early in the game. Assistant coach Gerry McNamara jumped up and yelled at Thorpe for having his hands down on defense.Thorpe did score 13 first-half points, though, helping keep the Orange in the game.“I felt like when I checked in that I needed to bring some type of energy to the game just because it was going back and forth,” Thorpe said. “I think the second half we picked it up a little bit more … we were patient on offense, trying to find open shooters.”The Orange team was faster and more aggressive, picking up three steals in the first five minutes of the frame. Those steals led to easy fast-break buckets, led by Battle who racked up 16 second-half points.The Orange leveraged an eight-point halftime advantage and the early run to go up big on TSU. The Tigers tried clawing back. Donte Clark, who burned the Orange in the first half, picked up six points in the second half. When he wasn’t scoring he was throwing lobs to 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed. With 6:38 to go, TSU had cut SU’s once 23-point lead to 12.Unlike the first half, though, SU found its knockout blow. Frank Howard knocked down a 3-point shot and Oshae Brissett made his first two shots of the game to bump the lead back up.Boeheim and Battle were both critical of the team relaxing late in the game and allowing TSU to get back in it, even if it was only for a little bit. The bigger issue for the Orange, though, seems to be its inability to get going earlier. SU plays Oakland next, its toughest opponent so far per Kenpom.Howard attributed the slow starts to a young team that gets more comfortable as the game goes along. He said that should be improving, though.“I think by now, this game, or next game, they should probably be starting on because we’ve seen a few different defenses,” Howard said. “And I think they’re learning, I think they’ll be better prepared.” Comments Published on November 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trial of the former Boxing World Champion Bosnian Adnan Catic officially began

first_imgThe court guard at Cologne District Court brought Adnan Catic, also known as Felix Sturm, to room 112 of the Cologne Courthouse. The trial of the former Boxing World Champion has begun on Monday.He will be charged with tax evasion of 5.8 million Euros, and the sentence, if found guilty, could be up to 10 years in prison.Catic was arrested on April 5ththis year in Cologne during a visit to the FIBO fitness fair and was arrested by police on charges of tax evasion.The court denied him a request for release on bail of one million euros, and was recently charged with evading taxes of seven million euros.If the allegations turn out to be true, Catic will face up to several years in prison, given that had suspended sentence of 22 months in 2012 for tax evasion.Catic, who fights under the alias Felix Sturm, was a world champion in his career with a score of 40 wins, five losses and three draws.On February 20th, 2016, Catic had the last fight in Oberhausen against Fjodor Cudinov after which he was positive on the forbidden substance.He broke the silence two months later with a post which he shared via Instagram where he complained about being treated unfairly by the doping investigators. Sturm wrote that he was only informed two months after the first doping sample about the results and that he wasn’t told why it took longer than usual (two weeks).After engaging a lawyer who requested all the required documents from the investigators he noticed that the last page was missing, “…where is written, when my sample arrived at the laboratory, who received it and who analysed the sample.”, it was written in that social media post. He allegedly didn’t get an answer after submitting further inquiries and was denied the right to let the b-sample be analysed by another laboratory. Sturm claimed that the WBA refrained from suspending him because of these irregularities.But, after almost three years Catic has proved his innocence and he is preparing for a great return.Catic, who will be 40 years old on January 31st, is the fifth world champion.In his career, he had 49 matches in which he scored 40 wins with six defeats, and ended three without a winner.Probably, his 50th fight will be against Arthur Abraham (38), also a multiple champion in the middle and supreme category.Catic is a five-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBO middleweight title from 2003 to 2004, the WBA middleweight title twice between 2006 and 2012, the IBF middleweight title from 2013 to 2014, and the WBA (Super) super-middleweight title in 2016.last_img read more