Men’s basketball looks to extend win streak against Utah

first_img“Honestly, this was the most confident game I’ve had all season,” Okongwu said per the Associated Press after USC’s win over the Beavers. “It was really fun coming out there and playing against a sold-out crowd.” USC is coming back from a two-game road trip in the Beaver State, where the Trojans fell to No. 12 Oregon in double overtime but triumphed over Oregon State. A couple of costly turnovers and mistakes late in the Oregon game caused USC to suffer their second Pac-12 loss, but the win over Oregon State proved the Trojans’ potential is still alive and well in the conference. Okongwu is top-five in the Pac-12 in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage this season and does not seem to show any signs of slowing down. He and the Trojans — the best in the Pac-12 in rebounds and the worst in free-throw percentage and turnovers committed — will attempt to stop a Utah team that currently ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage. Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu has been a top rebounder and shot blocker in the Pac-12 this year. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Having won four of its last five games and sitting in a tie for second place in the Pac-12, the USC men’s basketball team will face Utah Thursday night at Galen Center. Led by phenom freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu, the Trojans are set to play a Utes team led by sophomore forward Timmy Allen that is coming off two straight wins against Washington State and Washington. USC will also have to look out for Utah redshirt freshman center Lahat Thioune in the paint, as the Senegal native is the Utes’ leader in field goal percentage at 72.2%, making him their most efficient player while averaging just 17 minutes per game. Expect Allen, Thioune and freshman guard Rylan Jones to run a majority of Utah’s offense and look for Okongwu and Rakocevic to make important plays near the rim on both sides of the ball. Senior forward Nick Rakocevic is 8-15 from beyond the arc, leading USC in 3-point percentage. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “Rakocevic and [Okongwu], those guys are a load inside,” Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak said at a press conference Tuesday. “[USC is] an elite rebounding team in our league, shot-blocking team. They provide a great post presence for those guys and then they’ve got a bunch of capable shooters and athletes.” USC head coach Andy Enfield and his team should also expect Utah to both commit and draw lots of fouls given the two teams’ shooting percentages from the charity stripe. The Trojans have arguably struggled at the free-throw line more than they have anywhere else on the court this season. However, as Enfield said after the Oregon State win, USC’s resilience both at home and on the road “is a credit to [USC’s] players” at this point of the season and is what has helped the Trojans catapult themselves into a tie with No. 20 Colorado for second place in the conference. The crowd of more than 9,000 in Corvallis, Ore. was in for a treat as they got a chance to watch a united USC team that has excited college basketball fans with acrobatic plays from Okongwu and freshman guard Ethan Anderson, a clutch comeback win against Stanford led by sophomore guard Elijah Weaver and solid 3-point shooting from senior forward Nick Rakocevic and redshirt senior guards Quinton Adlesh and Daniel Utomi. USC and Utah will tip off Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Galen Center.last_img read more

Maryland hands No. 21 Syracuse 1st loss of season in 63-20 thrashing

first_img Published on September 7, 2019 at 3:29 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 9, 2019 at 12:47 a.m.COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Mikel Jones flexed his arms and balled his hands into fists. The freshman’s head and arms shook with anger. His teammates, more demoralized than mad, put their heads down and moved out of his way. They’d just given up another third-down conversion to Maryland, who, throughout the first half, showed no signs of slowing down from its 79-0 beating of Howard last week. Four plays later, wide receiver Carlos Carriere and the Terrapins were into the end zone. Senior Antwan Cordy, who had been drawn away from Carriere on the play, turned his palms up to the sky and looked down at his feet in disgust. The score made SU’s deficit 35-13.Last week, it was the Orange defense that bailed out the offense, shutting out Liberty and holding it to -4 rushing yards. On Saturday, No. 21 Syracuse’s (1-1) passing game finally found its footing, but its defense fell apart. The Terrapins (2-0) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the game and racked up nearly 400 yards of offense by halftime. A contest that most viewed as a sure-fire Syracuse victory prior to the season quickly turned into a rout, and ended in a 63-20 Maryland win.All game long, Syracuse’s linebackers and defensive backs took too many risks, often going for a takeaway instead of playing conservatively. In turn, the Terps were able to break off long gains. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Guys wanna try to force a turnover, get the ball, swing it,” SU linebacker Andrew Armstrong said. “That’s what we have to avoid because if you do your job, big plays will fall into your hands.”Jones’ frustration came after he missed a tackle on Maryland running back Anthony McFarland jr. , who ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Along with fellow linebackers Armstrong and senior Lakiem Williams, Jones had trouble bringing down the running back duo of McFarland and junior Javon Leake. The latter also ran for a pair of touchdowns and averaged 15.3 yards per carry en route to 107 yards.Other times, Syracuse players failed to even put themselves in a position to make a tackle. Safeties Andre Cisco and Evan Foster struggled with their angles all game, often biting on run-pass options (RPOs) or judging Maryland’s blocking schemes poorly.After Syracuse scored its first touchdown of the game on a 91-yard drive, its defense went out and allowed the Terps to do the same. A pivotal play came late in the drive when Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson got Foster to step in on an option. He pulled the ball back and completed a pass to the 2-yard line, and the Terps scored two plays later.“We just gotta stay sound in our job,” SU defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “I was just telling them, ‘Don’t go big play chasing. That’s when leaks happen.’”Aside from poor tackling and issues with risk-taking, Syracuse was surprised by many of the sets and personnel changes Maryland made throughout. The Terrapins threw SU different looks off of their base personnel that it wasn’t prepared for and adjusted as needed throughout the game. They also did a good job of negating Syracuse’s defensive line, which came into Saturday’s contest with a seemingly-significant advantage.The way the Terps chose to block some of their plays threw the Orange’s line off, Coleman said, and helped negate a positional group that racked up 5.5 sacks last week. Between the surprise in blocking schemes and Maryland’s decision to utilize RPOs and quick passes, Syracuse’s defensive line made little impact all day.“They gave us a few more looks that we had to adjust to, and that’s just really what it came down to,” Coleman said. “Being able to make adjustments on the fly, and they did a better job of that than we did this week.”Even when Syracuse thought it stopped the Terrapins, it didn’t. In one instance, Cisco crashed down on a pass to the sideline and attempted to bat the ball away. Thinking he did, Cisco celebrated and motioned as if the pass was incomplete. Behind him, the referee signaled a complete pass.A sixth touchdown of the first half put the Terrapins up 42-13 with just 56 seconds remaining. When Syracuse fans motioned for SU head coach Dino Babers to call a timeout before a play on the next drive, he just stared forward. The play was never run, and the timeout never called. The halftime buzzer was the only thing that prompted Babers to break out of his trance and throw off his headset.Syracuse has now shut out Liberty and allowed 63 points to unranked Maryland. Next week, No. 1 Clemson visits the Carrier Dome. Heading into the biggest game of SU’s season, its head coach isn’t quite sure what he has in his defense. “Obviously we’re not as good as the first game,” Babers said. “I would like to think we’re not as bad as the second game. That we’re somewhere in the middle…I really believe that (the defense is) gonna be the strength of our team, along with the kicking game. And we’re gonna need that early.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the headline said the football team lost to Maryland with  a score of 62-20. The Orange actually lost 63-20. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL captain Michael Murphy captained his country to international victory tonight – giving Ireland a healthy first leg lead over Australia at Breffni Park in Cavan.Ireland now take a 57-35 lead into the second leg at Croke Park next weekend.And captain Murphy led by an example, scoring two early score as the hosts  ended the opening quarter 17-4 ahead. Ireland led 28-9 at the halfway stage, and Zac Tuohy’s strike was cancelled out by a Jake Neade goal as Australia clawed their way back and finally showed some of the determination which made them favourites.Kevin McLoughlin scored a goal towards the end to give Ireland a deserved cushion ahead of Croker.Neil McGee and Paddy McBrearty also put in tough performances in the game.For Murphy, he’s in the car on his way home – ready for battle for Glenswilly against Killybegs in the county final tomorrow. Ireland: P O’Rourke, C McKaigue, P Hanley, N McGee, L Keegan, Z Tuohy (1-0-0), J McCaffrey (0-0-1), A Walsh, S Cavanagh (0-1-0), P Flynn (0-1-1), C Byrne (0-1-1), C Sheehan (0-1-0), P McBrearty, M Murphy (0-2-1), R Munnelly (0-2-2).Interchange players: C Begley (0-1-0), A O’Shea (0-1-0), C Boyle (0-1-0), K McLoughlin (1-0-0), C McManus (0-1-1), C Kilkenny (0-0-1), M Shields, P Conroy.Australia: A McGrath, C Yarran, T Armstrong, C Ellis-Yolmen, J Harbrow,, N Lovett-Murray, Lewis Jetta (0-1-0), D Wells (0-0-1), L Franklin (0-1-4), M Stokes (0-1-0), J Hill, Alwyn Davey (0-1-0), S Motlop (0-2-2), L Thomas, E Betts.Interchange players: S Edwards, S Wellingham, Leroy Jetta (0-1-0), J Neade (1-0-0), D Barry, Aaron Davey (0-0-1).Referees: Maurice Deegan (Ire) & Matt Stevic (Aus) MURPHY DOES DONEGAL PROUD AS HE CAPTAINS IRELAND TO VICTORY OVER AUSSIES was last modified: October 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more