Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 66-55 win over Elon

first_imgSyracuse (3-0) continued its perfect start to the season with a 66-55 win over Elon (2-2) Saturday night. Here are three thoughts from the win in the Carrier Dome.Stepping upTyler Roberson played just 21 minutes in Syracuse’s season opener and then fouled out against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday. Against Elon, though, he played his most complete game of the season, scoring 20 points and hauling in 16 rebounds.Syracuse had fallen behind by a point but Roberson capped off a 10-0 rally, slashing to the basket from the baseline and catching a no-look pass from Kaleb Joseph. He laid the ball in and was fouled to cap off a 14-point first half for the forward.In the second half, he picked up a 3 air balled by Malachi Richardson and tapped it in. On the next possession he flew to the ground to scoop up another loose ball. SU head coach Jim Boeheim had said he didn’t see much from the junior a week ago, but it was impossible not to see his contributions against Elon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo lead is safeIt was a game of runs on Saturday. Two Michael Gbinije 3-pointers and an and-one from Roberson boosted Syracuse to a 12-2 lead. But two 3-pointers from Dainan Swoope and then two free throws from Jack Anton more than three minutes later capped off an 18-7 Phoenix run.After Syracuse rebutted with a 10-0 run, Swoope again hit a 3. Boeheim flung his fist so hard in frustration that his tie flipped back over his shoulder. Elon continued to hit big shots from 3. Luke Eddy tied the game by hitting a wide-open 3 from the top of the key. He froze his follow motion above his head as he drifted down court and Boehiem called a timeout.It wasn’t until Syracuse again responded with a 10-0 run that the Orange created enough breathing room to win the game.Backing offSyracuse boasted throughout the preseason that it would be a more 3-point heavy offense. Thirty-four attempts from long range against Lehigh was evidence of that. But it was a plan that Syracuse went away from a bit in the second half against St. Bonaventure. And on Saturday, the Orange played much more in transition and attacked the basket.SU shot 6-of-15 from long range. When Richardson struggled to hit from behind the arc, he attacked the rim and went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Orange scored 10 points on the fast break compared to just six for the Phoenix. Comments Published on November 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse women fail to qualify for the NCAA Championships, men earn automatic bid

first_img Published on November 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm Contact Eli: Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse women’s cross country team failed to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships after taking fifth at the NCAA Northeast Regionals this past Friday.The women needed at least a second place finish to secure an automatic bid to the event and after an inconsistent season, they were unable to secure an at-large bid either. The women have now missed out on the NCAA Cross Country Championships for two consecutive years and three out of the last four.Looking ahead, the team’s top performers will all return in 2020 and with a healthy Laura Dickenson, the Orange will hope to contend in a tough Athletic Coast Conference.As for the No. 18 men, their second place finish at Regionals was enough for an automatic bid to nationals. They finished ahead of No. 8 Iona in tough conditions which led to the race being moved to the streets around the University of Buffalo.The Orange had their top six runners finish within one minute of each other and made up ground in the final four kilometers of the course to secure the bid. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The more depth you have the better,” redshirt senior Kevin James said. “Everybody just fights and it is just important to a good cross country team. It has been something that we have always prided ourselves on. Our sixth or seventh guy being better than most team’s fifth guy.”The NCAA Championships will be held in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday. It will mark the 11th straight appearance for the men at the event. Commentslast_img read more