Syracuse falls to No. 14 Buffalo, 71-59, in historic loss

first_img Comments Oshae Brissett stood at the free-throw line with Syracuse trailing by seven in the final three minutes. His first attempt rimmed out, but he had another chance. The second followed. No good.Brissett jumped up high and let out a scream. He knew the game was slipping away. Buffalo pushed tempo after corralling the miss, and CJ Massinburg nailed a 3 from the wing to extend Buffalo’s lead to double digits.It was the dagger in a game Syracuse (7-4) desperately needed to win. But the Bulls, which had struggled with shooting all game, caught fire, and SU missed all its free throws in the final 4:11. It was a perfect recipe for the Orange to choke late in back-to-back games, this time losing against the No. 14 Bulls (11-0), 71-59, on Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome. For the first time since 1975, Syracuse lost back-to-back nonconference games.“We’re still quite a ways away,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… We’ve got to get better.”The Orange never trailed in the first half. An 11-2 run helped push Syracuse’s lead to nine early. Tyus Battle slammed one home from the right wing to cap off the run. A Buffalo turnover the following possession led to Frank Howard throwing his hands up, while the Carrier Dome crowd rose to their feet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the first time all season, Howard looked like the dominant floor general people expected. A lower leg injury had set the senior back. He missed both of Syracuse’s games at Madison Square Garden — both losses.When he returned, he was far from 100 percent. Boeheim said Howard’s shot was being held back because of the nagging injury a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, Howard hit his groove, leading the team with 10 first-half points and knocking down a pair of 3s.It was a glimpse of Syracuse’s potential. The offense was finally free-flowing, making 57.1 percent of its shots. Brissett made all four of his attempts. On the other end, the defense stopped a veteran-savvy Buffalo team that averaged 11.4 turnovers per game. By half, the Bulls had coughed up the ball nine times.Entering the break, the Orange led the No. 14 team in the country by four. It wasn’t the 10 points Syracuse held over Old Dominion on Saturday, but it was an attainable win, a much-needed one to bolster SU’s NCAA Tournament resume early in the season.And for the first 10 minutes of the second half, SU was en route. Buffalo didn’t let up, however, remaining in striking distance the entire 30 minutes SU led, in large part to its second-chance opportunities. Buffalo finished with 18 offensive rebounds and 12 second-chance points to SU’s 10 and five, respectively.The Bulls waited for the Orange attack to go cold. And when it eventually did, Buffalo pounced.“About the 30-minute mark,” Boeheim said, “We had four or five opportunities going to the basket, and we just didn’t convert any of them.”Then, with 9:30 remaining, Jeremy Harris nailed a 3 from the top of the key to give UB its first lead all game. The game which Syracuse had controlled for nearly 75 percent of the time, began slipping away.There was nothing Syracuse could do to answer. Brissett and Howard tried attacking the rim. Elijah Hughes only made two of his seven 3-point attempts in the second half. The offense regressed back to its normal, struggling self.“Standing. Not being engaged on defense. Not rebounding,” Howard said of the second-half struggles. “… We just got to do better.”There were chances for the Orange to strike back. Marek Dolezaj missed the front end of his 1-and-1 with SU down two. Buffalo responded with a 3. An offensive rebound resulted in second-chance points for Massinburg to extend the Bulls lead to seven.Boeheim called a timeout, trying whatever he could to lift Syracuse out of its second-straight collapse inside the Carrier Dome. He couldn’t. Brissett drew a foul but missed both free throws. The Bulls drove down the court and Massinburg, who finished the game with 25 points, nailed a 3 to extend the lead to double digits.Howard compared the loss to “big brother playing you outside,” saying that Syracuse got “bullied.”Before the season started, Syracuse entered with high expectations. It was the No. 16 team in the country with all five starters returning, fresh off an NCAA Tournament run that ended in the Sweet 16. The glaring weaknesses were thrown aside. No one considered the 14 losses or that the offense shot 31.8 percent from 3. Still, it wasn’t expected for Syracuse to enter the last two nonconference games with three losses, let alone four.Tuesday night offered a chance to prove its early season doubters wrong. That the Orange could string together two good halves and beat a top-15 opponent. But the Orange fell apart once again.“It’s all mental,” Brissett said. “Everyone’s out of it right now.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

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Chris Paul leads Clippers to Game 1 win over Spurs

first_img Game 2 is Wednesday night.The Clippers led by 18 points (79-61) late in the third quarter and by 17 (86-69) early in the fourth before the Spurs cut that to nine (90-81). But a 7-0 run, starting with a 3-point play by Blake Griffin, restored order.• VIDEO: Chris Paul on Game 1 winGriffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 17 off the bench and shot 7 of 10. And DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.“They played harder longer,” San Antonio’s Tim Duncan said. Griffin agreed.“We came out with great energy and made stops,” he said.Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 18 points and Duncan had 11 points and 11 rebounds.The Clippers played outstanding defense, holding the Spurs to 36.6-percent shooting. The Clippers shot 51.3 percent.A big key to the victory was holding off the Spurs when they made that run to cut the deficit to nine points. With 7:35 to play, there was still plenty of time left for the Spurs to come all the way back.“You have two very good teams and there is no lead safe with either team,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “One of the things we talked about coming into this series, we were going to have to have great resolve.”Paul, in particular, was just a beast. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. His counterpart, Tony Parker, was impressed.“He does a little bit of everything,” said Parker, who tweaked an ankle but still played 28-plus minutes, scoring 10 points but had just one assist. “He got it going. He got his outside shot going. We try to take away the lobs and he made the shots.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was matter of fact when assessing the game.“The game was, their defense was better than our offense,” he said. “Their aggressiveness, their physicality, their athleticism really hurt us offensively.”Rivers referred to Paul just the other day as being a man on a mission. Paul has not been past the second round of the playoffs during his career, and that is always a topic of conversation once the postseason gets under way.Paul didn’t want to really go there postgame.“It’s not about my sense of urgency, it’s about the team’s sense of urgency,” he said.The Clippers, as an organization, have never been past the second round, either.It appeared Paul had that special look of determination in his eyes.“I don’t know, he was making shots,” Rivers said. “He put a lot of pressure on the defense. And what makes Chris and Parker both so good is if you try to take away their shots, then they beat you with the pass. If you try to take away their passes, they can beat you with the shot.”Paul beat the Spurs with his shot, and much more, in this Game 1 that had several big plays. One that really got the crowd going came midway through third quarter when the Clippers’ Matt Barnes got into a vicious wrestling match for the ball with San Antonio center Aron Baynes.The two went tumbling over photographers. When Barnes emerged from the fracas, he pounded his chest and the fans went wild.“I thought there were a lot of little moments for us in the game like that,” Rivers said. “Matt’s play, and I thought Jamal making shots in that stretch right before the end of halftime (was big).”Crawford had struggled mightily with his shot in the four games he played since coming back from missing 17 games with a calf injury. He said he’s starting to feel like himself again.“Yeah, I did,” he said. “I thought the days in between last game and this game, I was able to get some work in, get my conditioning right.”Not to be left out, Griffin threw down a tomahawk dunk in the third for a 77-61 lead that nearly brought down the house. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Chris Paul of the Clippers admitted Sunday morning he woke up with butterflies.“Yeah, I guess, every game,” he said.They must have been gone by the time Game 1 of the Clippers’ Western Conference first-round playoff series rolled around Sunday night because Paul played spectacularly. He scored 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting, doled out six assists and grabbed seven rebounds and the Clippers came through with a rousing 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs before 19,309 at Staples Center.• PHOTOS: Clippers beat Spurs in Game 1last_img read more

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UN secretarygeneral hops on a bike to promote urban cycling

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict VIDEO: Even in defeat, Costa Rica celebrates President Solís reaffirms carbon neutrality goal in UN Climate Summit address Costa Rica winds down humanitarian mission for Cuban migrants with presidential send-off United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rides a bicycle next to Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Manuel González, right, in San José on July 30, 2014. Ban Ki-moon spoke with urban cycling activist Soledad Castro, expressing his support for the environmental and health benefits of biking. Castro told The Tico Times that officials hope to develop a bike lane traversing San José from La Sabana Park to the University of Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img

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