Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 66-62 loss to Miami

first_imgSyracuse (14-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) lost a tightly contested game, 66-62, to Miami (14-5, 4-2) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Here are three takeaways from the ACC showdown.1. Beef JekiriSyracuse hadn’t seen a rim protector of this level all season.It didn’t take long for Miami’s 7-foot, 244-pound center to assert himself on the Carrier Dome floor. Tonye Jekiri snatched three offensive boards in the first three minutes of the game and had two blocks in the first four minutes, then swatted away another SU shot seven minutes later. Jekiri also played sound post defense on Rakeem Christmas, holding the SU senior to just 2-of-6 shooting in an uncharacteristically inefficient first half. The Orange somewhat neutralized Jekiri’s dominance on the boards in the second half and Christmas found his groove on offense, but it couldn’t negate his effect in the opening 20 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Rober, sonAs Syracuse moves on without Chris McCullough, Tyler Roberson’s growth becomes more and more vital. And he made positive strides Saturday.The Hurricanes’ game plan didn’t always assign Jekiri to Christmas and allowed the UM big man to roam around the paint and protect the rim. But that strategy created openings for Roberson, who led the Orange with eight points at halftime and again showcased his abilities on the glass by pulling down eight rebounds by the break.He recorded his fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 10 points and 14 rebounds. 3. Not-so-free throwsThe same issue that kept Virginia Tech and Boston College in the game against Syracuse also kept the Orange behind the eight-ball Saturday. The Orange made just 1-of-4 from the line in the first half against UM, then just 7-of-15 in the second half, including an intentional miss from Christmas.Losing by just four, SU couldn’t afford to shoot 8-for-19 from the charity stripe, and it did. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 24, 2015 at 6:16 pmlast_img read more

Sumner County teams go on the road; big games for Belle Plaine and A&A

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Week #4 features a road well traveled for Sumner County teams. Only South Haven is at home this week.Cedar Vale/Dexter (1-2) at South Haven (1-2). Both teams looking to get back to .500. The Spartans lost to West Elk 54-8 last week. South Haven is still smarting from the lost to Udall 66-18. Sumner Newscow will be at the scene to cover this game.Argonia-Attica (2-1) at South Barber (3-0). This one will be a good one. South Barber has dismantled its first three opponents by more than 45 points. Argonia-Attica, which got back on track last week against Flinthills, hopes to stop the Chieftains, who outscored Burrton 60-0 last weekend.Flinthills (0-3) at Caldwell (3-0). Not sure if this game will make it to half time.Oxford (1-2) at Stafford (1-2). Stafford is somewhere in the middle of Great Bend, Pratt and Hutchinson. Not sure these two teams have ever met, but the Oxford players will see plenty of bus time.Conway Springs (3-0) at Medicine Lodge (0-3). The Cardinals should have their way against the Indians who lost to Douglass – the same team Conway Springs beat 47-6.Belle Plaine (0-3) at Northeast Arma (0-3). Could be a big opportunity for Belle Plaine to break its long losing streak. The Vikings lost to Liberal, Mo. 33-0; Yates Center 52-12; and Uniontown 25-0.p class=”p1″>Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.< Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in... Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more