BIG GAME JAMES: Southerland’s rain of 3s buries Pittsburgh comeback attempt as Syracuse advances to Big East semifinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse holds off Pittsburgh 62-59 in Big East tournament quarterfinalsCarter-Williams finds personal redemption with clutch performance in Big East quarterfinals NEW YORK — James Southerland spent the first half delivering daggers from laughably long distances, turning Madison Square Garden into his personal stage with a performance that left the crowd roaring. By the time Pittsburgh’s defense started limiting his looks, and by the time the Panthers closed the deficit to one, Syracuse’s offense, led by Southerland again, had taken command of the game.Southerland drained all six of his 3s, including five in the first half, to carry the Orange to a 62-59 win over Pittsburgh in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Southerland broke a Big East tournament record for most made 3s without a miss. Pittsburgh tried to mount a second-half comeback, but couldn’t overcome the lead Southerland helped Syracuse build.Through its first two games of the tournament, Syracuse’s offense is rolling, and Southerland, who is 12-of-15 from the arc in the last two days, is much of the reason why.“We just had great ball movement,” head coach Jim Boeheim said of his team’s offense in the first half. “Got the open guys, and James just got, he got good looks, and he made them.”Those were all the shots he would need. And Southerland’s hot shooting is permeating throughout Syracuse’s lineup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSoutherland hit his first 3-pointer from the left wing about three minutes into the game. C.J. Fair hit one shortly after from the left corner. Then Triche, who missed his first three jumpers, knocked down a 3 from the same spot on a feed from Fair.Whenever Pittsburgh tried to close the deficit or find some sort of offensive rhythm, Southerland ended it. Talib Zanna hit a free throw to make it 17-15 with just under eight minutes left in the first half. Southerland responded with a long 3 from the top of the key.His third triple of the game came from about the same spot. It gave Syracuse a 25-15 lead. Pittsburgh’s defense looked nothing like it did when the Panthers beat the Orange by 10 points at the Petersen Events Center back on Feb. 2.But on that day, they didn’t have to deal with Southerland.“When I’m shooting the ball, it’s just making sure every shot goes in and I’m really focused, making sure I help my team out as much as possible,” Southerland said. “Even if I happen to miss, just moving around without the ball makes us tougher to guard.”Southerland would hit two more 3-pointers in the half to continue to build the Orange’s lead. Everything was going right for Syracuse. Even time seemed to slow for the Orange.As the final second of the first half ticked off the clock, Fair shot a 3 from up top. It bounced on the rim, then fell through the net. The officials reviewed the play to make sure Fair got the shot off before the buzzer. The call stood and Syracuse carried a 40-27 lead into halftime.“I think it was real big,” Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams said. “It was big for us to get that lead and help us out down the stretch.”It was help Syracuse would need.Southerland’s final 3 came on a play he’s perfected. Pittsburgh had almost every Syracuse shooter guarded on the arc. Carter-Williams had no one to dish to. But then Southerland cut to the baseline from the left and came around to the right wing.As soon as he got there, he took a pass from Carter-Williams and shot a 3 over the outstretched arm of Pittsburgh forward Lamar Patterson to make the score 55-47 Syracuse.Like the rest of his 3s, it hardly scraped the rim, if it did at all. It was a critical 3 as Pittsburgh had started to close the deficit.“I thought – you know they’re going to come back,” Boeheim said of the Panthers.And they did.The Panthers closed to within four with 3:28 left. Their fans began screaming as Pittsburgh mounted a comeback. A free throw by Tray Woodall and a layup from Talib Zanna made it a one-point game with 31 seconds left. But Carter-Williams hit four free throws in the remaining seconds to preserve SU’s lead.Syracuse breathed a sigh of relief. A game it once dominated nearly slipped away. Except Southerland had already lit up Pittsburgh’s defense. The Orange had already hit the shots it needed.Pittsburgh couldn’t overcome them, and it certainly couldn’t shut down Southerland long enough.Said Southerland: “I just go out and play and make sure I make every shot.” Commentscenter_img Published on March 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Betting Odds For August 19, 2017

first_imgBrazil : Seria ACorinthians SP vs Vitoria Ba (1x & u 4.5)This tie can easily be ticked as a home win without much analysis by most football pundits. Corinthians SP are a very good team in the Brazilian league and their opponents for this tie (Vitoria Ba) have not been in good form this season.Corinthians SP are the overwhelming favourite for this fixture but my crystal ball tells me that this will not be easily won by Corinthians SP. So my call for this will be 1x and under 4.5.Scotland : League OneAlloa Athletic vs Queens Park (1x/12)Fresh from a good cup win, Alloa Athletic will fancy their chances of winning this tie. Playing at home is a factor in this league and most home teams which are favourite in their ties end up winning.Queens Park will be hoping to surprise the home team and judging from the history of this match-up, one cannot rule such outcome out.My call for this will be a home win or draw in the first half and the entirety of the game should not end in a draw.France : Ligue 1Stade Rennes vs Dijon (1x/12)For Stade Rennes, playing at home is a big factor which they use to their advantage majority of the time. This encounter will see the home team playing against a Dijon side that just gained promotion to French Ligue 1.Dijon lost their last match 1:4 against Monaco last weekend and they will be hoping to improve this time around playing away from home. The team has a bad away form of late.My call for this tie will be a home win or draw in the first half and the entirety of the game should not end in a draw.England : Premier LeagueSwansea vs Manchester United. (away win)Having won their first tie this season, Manchester United will be hoping to consolidate on that result by winning this against Swansea. The reverse fixture saw both teams settling for a draw.The optimism in the Manchester United camp is high and this game should be a straight forward win for Manchester United. Swansea just sold arguably their best player in sigursson to Everton and this should count as something against them in this fixture.My call for this tie is an away win for the Red Devils.All odds amount to a 3-odd multiplier.The mastermindRelatedBetting Odds For August 12, 2017August 12, 2017In “Europe”Betting Odds For August 11, 2017August 11, 2017In “Europe”Betting Odds For August 13, 2017August 13, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Dodgers, Angels notes: Chone Figgins fighting for spot on Dodgers roster

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Chone Figgins played second base on Tuesday. By itself that’s unremarkable. Yet at a stage of spring when some players are just getting into their first game, Figgins has already played five positions for the Dodgers: Second, third, shortstop, center field, left field — with a pinch-hitting appearance thrown in for good measure.Where does he feel most comfortable?“On the field,” Figgins said. “That’s where I feel comfortable. There’s not one position.” Figgins went 0 for 2 against the Seattle Mariners in a 4-1 Dodgers loss at Camelback Ranch. He has just two singles and two walks in 15 Cactus League plate appearances. While his defensive versatility is nice, it’s clear that Figgins’ bat will dictate how good his chances are of making the major-league club. Justin Turner, Brendan Harris and Dee Gordon figure to be Figgins’ primary competition. Of the four, only Gordon is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.“I think his at-bats early were good,” manager Don Mattingly said of Figgins. “(Monday) and today were a little bit more stagnant. We’re going to keep giving him at-bats.”Dodgers announce cutsThe Dodgers trimmed their camp roster by 10 prior to the game. Pitchers Pedro Baez, Stephen Fife, Yimi Garcia and Jarret Martin and outfielder Nick Buss were optioned to the team’s minor-league camp. Pitchers Sam Demel, Chris Reed and Daniel Moskos, and catchers Griff Erickson and Chris O’Brien were optioned to the minor-league camp.“Some of our decisions are just based on the length of this camp, and us having to try to get down to a working number, and to prioritize the number of innings and at-bats we have left,” Mattingly said. “That’s the biggest reason. It seems early, but for us it’s getting there, toward the 22nd.”Angels thump RangersRaul Ibanez went 2 for 3 with a home run off Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish in a 7-3 victory at Tempe Diablo Stadium.Mike Trout also went 2 for 3, and Howie Kendrick and Colin Cowgill had a pair of RBIs for the Angels (3-2).Right-hander Tyler Skaggs pitched 2 1/3 innings in his debut, allowing three hits, two runs (both earned), walking two and striking out two. Right-hander Joe Smith walked one batter and allowed one run in his Cactus League debut.AlsoThe Angels announced that all 25 of their pre-arbitration-eligible players have signed contracts for 2014. The group of players includes pitchers Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago, Dane De La Rosa and Tyler Skaggs, and outfielders J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun. … Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten will be presented with the 2013 Sports Executive of the Year Award today by the L.A. Sports Council at the 9th Annual LA Sports Awards at the Beverly Hilton. The ceremony will be televised on Prime Ticket at a later date. … Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (ankle) was cleared to run curved lines on the basepaths. … Zack Greinke (calf) still hasn’t been cleared to throw off a mound. … Former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will be at Camelback Ranch today coaching the French national team in a game against Dodgers minor leaguers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Indeed, the 36-year-old sparkplug who is generously listed at 5-foot-8, has played every position in an 11-year career other than pitcher, catcher and first base. The Dodgers lost some defensive versatility when veterans Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto departed as free agents. Figgins has quickly shown that he can play all the positions they did — plus a couple more.The only question with Figgins is his bat. He produced a .227/.302/.283 slash line (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in three forgettable seasons with the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2012. He sat out the 2013 season after the Miami Marlins released him on March 20. “That wasn’t on me to take a year off,” he said, “that was the team’s choice.”While his speed is still an asset in the field and on the basepaths, Figgins still looks rusty at the plate. Tuesday, he said he’s still working to involve more of his lower body into his swing.“My plate discipline is good,” he said. “I’m not chasing balls. There’s still some tweaks I’d like to make.”last_img read more