Syracuse loses to Duke in ACC tournament quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) fell, 68-46, to No. 13 Duke (26-4, 13-3) Friday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. Alongside just nine points from Alexis Peterson and 13 from Brittney Sykes, an 18-point performance from Gabby Cooper wasn’t enough. The 46 points were a season low.The first half was tightly contested, and the Orange entered halftime down just 29-26 after Duke guard Kyra Lambert hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the Blue Devils into the locker room with the lead. Cooper paced the Orange with 12 first-half points, but Peterson and Sykes shot just 4-of-17 from the field, as the conference’s two leading scorers entered the locker room with 10 combined points.For the Blue Devils, Oderah Chidom and Lexie Brown combined for 15 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Duke’s three-two and two-three zone pressured SU into a number of unwanted shots for a majority of the half.“The three-two zone is gonna give you shots in the corner, but you gotta knock them down,” Hillsman said. “We got looks, but we gotta make shots.”The second half was even worse for the Orange from the field, shooting just 21.6 percent on 37 shots. Sykes and Peterson added just 12 combined points to their first half tally, and Cooper cooled off from 3, adding six points in the final half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeterson finished the game with a shooting percentage just above 19 percent. Hillsman attributed it to Duke’s presence at the top of the key on pick-and-roll plays, which didn’t allow Peterson to drive to the hoop. He said the Blue Devils were also running a “good scheme” on the Orange’s ball actions.“It’s not the result you want,” Hillsman said. “We shot 23 percent, and the key for us is making shots.”Brown finished with a game-high 22 points for the Blue Devils, followed by  Kendall Cooper and Chidom with 12 and 11, respectively. The Blue Devils had 18 turnovers on the night, and since SU was unable to convert at the hoop, the Orange failed to initiate its press for most of the game.Isabella Slim started and played 33 minutes for SU, but failed to score a single point all game.The lone bright spot for SU came in the form of Cooper, whose 18 points sat one-shy of her career-best point total. Hillsman said that Cooper’s future is “very bright”, but in a game where Peterson and Sykes failed to carry their weight in the scoring column, even one of Cooper’s best wasn’t enough for SU.“Give Duke a lot of credit, they played solid and they stayed consistent to their game plan,” Hillsman said. “We just got unraveled.” Comments Published on March 4, 2017 at 1:07 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

More gold medals for Jamaica at Commonwealth games

first_imgJamaican athletes continue to impress with gold winning performance at the Commonwealth Games underway in the Gold Coast, Australia.On Wednesday morning Jamaica’s Aisha Praught created Caribbean track and field history when she, in remarkable fashion, won the women 3000meter steeplechase in a personal best time of 9:21.00 seconds. In winning the gold Praught defeated the event favorite Celliphine Chespol of Kenya who was second in a time of 9:22.61 secs. This is Jamaica’s first gold medal in steeplechase at a major event.On Tuesday, another Jamaican, Ronald Levy captured the men’s 110meters hurdles title. The 25-year-old clocked 13.19 seconds, leading a Jamaica one-two as teammate Hansle Parchment copped silver in 13.22. Australian Nicholas Hough stopped the clock at a personal best 13.38 to claim bronze.Javon Francis won bronze for Jamaica in the men’s 400m final with a season’s best of 45.11 seconds. The race was won by Botswana’s Issac Makwala in 44.35, while his compatriot Baboloki Thebe finished second in 45.09s.As of the close of Wednesday’s events Jamaica had won 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals, placing 11th in the medal standings. Trinidad and Tobago had 1 gold and 1 silver to place 18th; Bermuda and Grenada with 1 gold medal to tie for the 21st place; the Bahamas with 1 silver to place 26th; and Dominica 1 bronze medal to place 31st.last_img read more