16 Sep
2020

Syracuse outworked on glass in 71-59 loss to No. 14 Buffalo

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 18, 2018 at 11:47 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3center_img With about seven minutes left on Tuesday, Buffalo’s Davonta Jordan slid inside Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett. Jordan, a 6-foot-2 guard, stands six inches shorter than Brissett. But as UB’s Jeremy Harris rose up for a 3-pointer, Jordan established inside position near the left block. When Harris’ shot missed and deflected directly toward the left block, Jordan leaped up for the ball, came down with it and went back up to finish. His bucket broke a tie, put the Bulls up two and they never trailed again.“Coming into this game, we just knew we played harder than (Syracuse),” Jordan said. “Play hard, and things just fall right into place.”Syracuse (7-4) struggled to gather defensive rebounds all game during its 71-59 loss to No. 14 Buffalo (11-0). The Bulls hauled in 18 offensive rebounds and won the overall battle of the glass, 48-35. Syracuse is the tallest team in the country, per KenPom, but the Orange hold a rebounding margin over their opponents of just plus-4 this year. The 18 offensive boards from Buffalo on Tuesday were the most the Orange have allowed this season, and it cost them in their second-straight nonconference loss at home.It started right from the game’s opening possession. CJ Massinburg missed a jumper but gathered his own offensive rebound. Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes blocked Massinburg on his ensuing shot, but it was a sign of things to come.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBuffalo couldn’t cash in on the offensive glass early, as another possession a few minutes later finished with two misses from an offensive board in between. It gave the Bulls hope, though, believing they could win even though shots hadn’t fallen in the first half, they said after the game. But more than anything, it showed Syracuse’s centers still weren’t up to snuff.It’s been a topic of conversation all season. Head coach Jim Boeheim has criticized his centers after almost every game. Two losses in a row, to two mid-major opponents, Syracuse has been outrebounded by smaller opposition. Again, Boeheim harped on his centers’ play.“Our centers have not gotten better,” Boeheim said. “That’s pretty glaring right now.”The Bulls had to cash in eventually, and about three minutes into the second half, they started to. Harris missed a 3 but Jordan gathered in his first offensive rebound. In the second chance opportunity, Jordan got an open 3 and knocked it down. Syracuse had allowed the 6-foot-2 guard to grab an offensive rebound, even though he was shorter than all five of SU’s players on the floor.“They play a small lineup but they rebound well out of it,” Boeheim said.As Buffalo came back from its four-point halftime deficit, its offensive rebounding went dry. But that wasn’t Syracuse’s doing. Rather, the Bulls finally began to hit shots. Buffalo wasn’t changing its approach. It hindered SU’s fast break possibilities, as Boeheim pointed out that if a team can’t rebound, it can’t run. And as the Bulls had all game, they sent three or four guys to the glass every time.“They’re a physical team so they were just able to get inside position,” SU’s Jalen Carey said. “That’s things we got to learn off of. We want to rebound, and once we rebound, that’s able to get us into our offense. We want to get up and down. We had a little bit of trouble with it today, and as you could see, that’s why the game stayed the way it was.”But there was one more offensive rebound waiting to do Syracuse in. With under three minutes to go, Harris shot another 3 and missed, again. But UB’s 6-foot-8 Nick Perkins rose up along the right side of the lane. Marek Dolezaj, 6-foot-10, was in at center for Syracuse. Brissett was nearby, as were 6-foot-6 guards Elijah Hughes and Tyus Battle. It didn’t matter. Perkins rose above them all to snatch the ball.Two passes later, Massinburg sliced down the lane, spun and finished high off the glass. Buffalo didn’t cash in on all of its offensive boards, finishing with 12 second-chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds. But with Syracuse down five, less than three minutes to go and an absolutely necessary rebound suspended in mid-air, Syracuse didn’t want it enough. Perkins did.“I thought they were tougher than us,” Boeheim said, “the last 10 minutes especially.”last_img read more

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14 Jan
2020

Liberians Must Profit from Errors of the Past

first_imgThe National Orator of the 168th Independence anniversary celebration, Ambassador Charles Alexander Minor, has said that Liberians should profit from the nation’s dreadful past, which has seen the country underdeveloped and its people impoverished, and must begin to build a better Liberia that would benefit Liberians and future generations.Liberia’s history has been marred with so many negative vices such as segregation, deprivation, corruption, bad governance, lack of patriotism, lack of love for each other, among other things, which have made national development, prosperity and a united nation with a unified front and agenda elusive, he said.Ambassador Minor therefore indicated that Liberians need to realize how backward the country has been thrown as a result of the exhibition of these negative experiences and must begin to exhibit and prioritize national unity, tolerance, love for country and commitment to the Liberian agenda.He said these past bitter experiences from the country’s history should inspire Liberians to unite and begin to build a better and brighter future.Speaking at the official celebration of this year Independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, Ambassador Minor, a native of the county, indicated that Liberia has been through a lot of testing times and these experiences should serve as the source of strength for the Liberian state.“Liberians have had some very difficult years, years in which we overthrew governments, years of war and civil disobedience, years from the experience of two governments in one country; years of deprivation and starvation, years when Liberians were dislocated from their homes and had to flee their homeland with whatever possession they had.“Our education and health systems remain major challenges while pipe-borne water and electricity remain in total deficit,” he said.Too many Liberians, the National Orator noted, seem to be still below the economic glass ceiling while just a few enjoy the wealth of the nation and foreigners are becoming landlords of the nation’s most valuable property, land.“We need to profit from the errors of the past and begin to build a better future for us, our children and unborn generations,” he noted.He said all is not just negative about the Liberian state, but rather there are also some positives that should be given some recognition by critics.“Just as we have weaknesses and challenges, just as we can enumerate our numerous social, political and economic problems so we also have strength and opportunities,” he pointed out.Ambassador Minor stated that the scorecard is incomplete “when we only accentuate the negative and the minuses, we need also to check out the positives, the plus side of the scorecard. On that plus side, we want to thank the Almighty God as a nation who has always stood by us, and carry us through for 168 years when several attempts were made in the past to remove the nation Liberia from the world map. Even through the recent EVD outbreak, God has helped us to survive.”He said though about 40 to 60 percent of Liberians might not have experienced these years, they have been psychologically, economically and socially influence or affected by those years.“As we celebrate our independence, many Liberians are still surviving on the margin of society; many families are finding it difficult to meet their daily households’ needs,” he said.The former Liberian ambassador to the United States also frowned on what he termed as the entrenched culture of “chopping.” Chopping is an act of seeking financial benefit, most times clandestinely and illegally, from people who are seeking services from those service providers.He indicated that Liberians from every strata of society are somehow involved in this act that is now corrupting the Liberian society.“We are here to celebrate another year of our statehood, the 168th Independence Anniversary of the existence of our nation. It is a celebration far different from that of previous years, as we look back to the last year to the true test of our faith and resilience to the challenges face by an unknown enemy that our nation has never seen before.“Despite those trying times and the difficult days, our country and its development objectives have not altered and the fundamental principles of this nation dedicated to democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity, were strengthened by our resolved to defeat Ebola,” Ambassador Minor stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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