Syracuse runs out of gas in 2nd half, drops 93-83 decision at No. 13 North Carolina

first_img Published on January 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Kaleb Joseph dribbled over the North Carolina logo at halfcourt and frantically glanced at the game clock above the backboard.Joseph had three seconds to race to the net. He accelerated his dribble before gliding in for a finger roll that gave Syracuse a five-point lead as the first-half clock ran out.When the freshman point guard turned to see the five Tar Heels he’d burned down the court, teammate Trevor Cooney was the closest player. Cooney gave Joseph a hard high-five before yelling “Let’s go boy!” and the Orange jogged to its locker room as the streaking team.But the second half never offered that kind of separation. Instead, Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) and No. 13 North Carolina (17-4, 7-1) turned into offensive heavyweights and the Tar Heels had a bit more juice in the Dean E. Smith Center on Monday night. With a near-flawless second half, UNC stiff-armed SU in a 93-83 win, the Orange’s second ACC loss in three days after falling to Miami on Saturday.The first half belonged to Cooney and his 15 points, but SU could only build a five-point halftime lead despite 13 North Carolina turnovers in the first half. The Tar Heels were sloppy in trying to crack the Orange’s zone, and Syracuse seemed comfortable at the up-and-down pace that North Carolina regularly plays at.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen UNC, which shot an uncharacteristic 56 percent from 3 in the first, started bullying SU in the paint. While Rakeem Christmas found an offensive groove that was noticeably absent in the first frame, Tar Heel forwards Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson found the cracks in the zone and led the North Carolina offense.Yet every time UNC went on a mini run, SU head coach Jim Boeheim stood in front of the Orange bench, clapping in a calm rhythm as the stadium erupted around him. And Syracuse followed Boeheim’s metronomic beat, meeting each UNC spurt with one of its own.Cooney’s dominance turned into a 14-point second half for Christmas. And if it wasn’t Christmas it was sophomore Tyler Roberson. And if it wasn’t Roberson it was Cooney shaking Tar Heels forward J.P. Tokoto for an off-balance jumper.But then the wheels fell off around the three-minute mark.Roberson fouled out. Joseph turned the ball over looking for a cutting Michael Gbinije. Gbinije split two free throws and then threw away an entry pass as the game clock ticked toward one minute.Gbinije hits a 3 before Cooney completed a three-point play in the final minute, but UNC gave itself a big enough cushion to rest on.Before the final buzzer sounded, Joseph knifed into the lane and had the ball ripped out of his hands by UNC guard Marcus Paige. This time there was no celebratory high-five from Cooney. Joseph hadn’t beaten anyone down the floor. The Orange walked off the court with little energy, if any at all. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Conway Springs, Caldwell get eliminated from playoffs

first_imgChetopa 76 Caldwell 54In a game that lasted nearly three hours, Chetopa would prove its No. 1 ranking with a 22-point win.Chetopa opened with a 26-6 first quarter lead and then held a 48-20 lead at the half. It was 70-34 after three quarters.The game featured almost 900 yards of offense. Caldwell had 369 while Chetopa had 525 yards. There were a ridiculous 153 plays ran.Colten Ward accounted for eight touchdowns including three passing for the Bluejays. He was 14 of 33 and 226 yards with two interceptions as QB.Chetopa’s Philip Moses had 333 yard and 6 touchdowns.The full stats can be found here: Caldwell-Chetopa playoff statsFollow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes it’s the luck of the draw — or lack there of.  Both Conway Springs and Caldwell’s football seasons came to a screeching halt Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs.Conway Springs was defeated by Class 3A No. 4 ranked Wichita Collegiate 54-36 while Caldwell was beat handily by No. 1 ranked in Class 1A Div. II Chetopa 76-54.It was truly an evening for outrageously high scoring affairs. 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 commentscenter_img Collegiate 56 Conway Springs 34 In the Conway Springs game, the Cardinals got off to great start. Travis Wood scored on the Cardinals first offensive drive to put the visitors in front 7-0. Then Derek Pauly intercepts a Collegiate Austin Waddell pass and takes it 85 yards for the score to make it 14-0.Collegiate, though, scored quickly and pulled within a touchdown 14-7. Conway Springs, which lost its top running back Luke Fisher for the final three quarters, would then take a two touchdown lead on another 1-yard Wood TD run. He would add another touchdown at the 2:57 mark of the second quarter and the Cardinals were in business leading 28-7.But right before half, Waddell threw it in to Jack Copher for a 19-yard touchdown pass for Collegiate and Conway’s Springs lead was cut back to two touchdowns, 28-14 at the half.Then came the second half and if the teams were playing in a dome, the roof would have caved in on the Conway Springs sidelines.In the third quarter alone, Collegiate would score five touchdowns and outscore Conway Springs 35-0. They would coast to a 56-34 victory. The full stats could be found here: Conway Springs – Collegate box score 2014last_img read more