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Syracuse tops Clemson 84-75, to open conference slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the conference opener for both teams, No. 14 Syracuse (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Clemson (9-5, 0-1), 84-75, on Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After trailing by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter, Clemson cut SU’s lead to three points before the Orange pulled away late.Syracuse tied its season-high with 16 3-pointers and relied on the deep ball to close out the Tigers, who converted just one shot behind the arc. Five triples by Miranda Drummond helped her pace the Orange with a team-high 23 points, while a season-high seven 3s by Gabrielle Cooper fueled her to 22 points of her own.Cooper’s rapid 3s served as another signifier of her marked improvement from deep. As a freshman, the Lansing, Illinois native shot 28.4 percent from behind the arc. Last year, her rate jumped to 34.3. This season, Cooper’s leading the team with a blistering 42.7 percent mark.“I knew she had a chance to get better every year,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Because she’s a kid that takes advantage of her opportunities, shoots the ball.”Cooper got the Orange going, nailing two 3-pointers off passes by Tiana Mangakahia in the first minute of the game. The Tigers’ offense soon got their feet underneath them though, reeling off 12 points in the ensuing two minutes to just two for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter four misses in a row, Syracuse turned to Drummond for offense. First, the redshirt senior converted a four-point play from the left corner to tie the game at 12. On the next trip down the floor, Drummond hit another triple, this time to push the Orange ahead.The second half of the quarter saw both teams lose their touch from the floor. It took nearly four minutes before a field goal was made, by Clemson’s Simone Westbrook. Cooper responded with the last bucket of the period, a 3-pointer that gave Syracuse a 20-16 lead.“(Cooper) has to do a lot for us on the court,” Hillsman said. “Rebounding the ball, handling the ball. We just need her to continue to do what she does well – catch and shoot and take open shots.”The Orange implemented its full-court press and looked to score more in the paint in the second quarter. After failing to record a point in the area in the first, SU finally tallied two on a layup by Amaya Finklea-Guity 90 seconds into the second.Once Finklea-Guity broke the cold spell, Kiara Lewis began to attack the paint relentlessly. The Ohio State transfer went scoreless in the first quarter but kept the Orange offense afloat in the second, by scoring five straight points in just over a minute to push SU’s lead to eight.Both teams suffered another stretch in which they struggled from the field, as aside from one field goal each they simply traded free throws. The fouls allowed Clemson to slow Syracuse down and slightly chip away at its lead before Cooper caught fire from behind the arc again. Two consecutive 3-pointers gave SU a 41-29 lead with two minutes to go, and a Finklea-Guity layup with three seconds left pushed the advantage to 14 by halftime.“The way we shot the ball tonight,” Hillsman said, “they weren’t going to get any closer than they did. We just made open shots.”The Tigers opened the third quarter with two free throws but were promptly answered by Drummond’s fourth 3 of the game. Mangakahia responded to a Clemson layup with two triples, as she boosted the Syracuse lead to a game-high 19-points and prompted a Clemson timeout.Just as it looked like the Orange were poised to put the game away, however, the Tigers’ offense brought them back into the contest. Fueled by 11 free throws and improved ball security — they had just one turnover in the third period after losing 11 in the first half — Clemson finished the quarter on a 22-12 run, culminating in an and-1 layup by Westbrook that cut SU’s lead to seven. An off-balance floater by Isis Young beat the third quarter buzzer though, and the Orange went into the final period clinging to a 64-55 lead.“We just started fouling them,” Hillsman said as an explanation for the Tigers’ third-quarter run. “They shot 39 free throws tonight. That’s a ton. We need to do a better job of keeping them off the line.”Digna Strautmane’s jumper to begin the fourth gave Syracuse its double-digit advantage back, but it was brief. Scores by four different Tigers were offset only by Cooper’s sixth 3-pointer of the game as Clemson trimmed the SU lead to 69-62. The Tigers continued the pressure, cutting their deficit to five and then three, after another bucket by Westbrook.That was the closest Clemson would get the rest of the game, though, as Mangakahia answered on the other end with perhaps the biggest basket of the game. A 3-pointer of the dribble from the right wing gave Syracuse some breathing room and was followed by Cooper’s seventh 3-pointer of the night. The Tigers never again got within less than seven points and the Orange emerged with their first ACC win of the season.“In the ACC, toughest conference in the country, you gotta go on the road and win games,” Hillsman said. “We just made shots when they were needed to win the game.”Up next for Syracuse is another road ACC game, on Sunday against Virginia Tech. After winning 13 straight games to open their season, the Hokies dropped their ACC opener Thursday against Miami. Comments Published on January 3, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Pjanic Striker and Assistant for Roma against Palermo

first_imgMiralem Planic brought advantage to Roma in yesterday’s match against Palermo after a goal scored already in the 3rd minute.The match of the 7th round of the Italian Serie A started at 3 p.m. at the stadium Renzo Barbera in Palermo, and the guests came into advantage after Alessandro Florenzi assisted to the BH national team player who amazingly undermined the ball and sent it into the goal.Roma came into the lead of 2:0 in the 14th minute thanks to Florenzi, who mastered Sorrentino. Pjanic assisted to this shot.Roma led with 3:0 in the 27th minute via Gervinho. He passed several defense players and managed to send a great shot which ended in the right top corner.Gilardino lowered Roma’s advantage to 3:1 in the 58th minute.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more