January 8, 2007


Orange survive on road


Associated Press/Morry Gash
Marquette’s Jamil Lott (51) has his shot blocked by Syracuse’s Darryl Watkins (13) during the first half of Sunday’s Big East clash in Milwaukee. SU prevailed 70-58.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Somewhere, Jim Boeheim figured, Al McGuire must be cringing.
After his team upset No. 15 Marquette 70-58 on Sunday night, the Syracuse coach fondly recalled a whirlwind tour of Milwaukee that McGuire took him on as a visiting assistant coach in the 1970s.
“I think he would have liked the defense tonight,” Boeheim said. “I don’t know if he would have liked anything else.”
The Orange (12-4, 1-1 Big East) won their first game in four tries against ranked teams this season despite hitting only two field goals in the final 9 minutes of the game.
If it was possible, Marquette (13-4, 0-2) looked even sloppier.
Syracuse managed to keep pace with the Golden Eagles by going to the free-throw line and holding Marquette’s offense in check._The Orange held Golden Eagles guard Dominic James to a season-low six points.
Marquette coach Tom Crean said he wanted to see his players get “a little hungrier,” calling on them to put in extra time improving their shooting outside of the team’s practices.
“We’ve got to have some individual soul-searching on how much more time we’re going to spend outside of practice, things of that nature,” Crean said.
The Golden Eagles were 4-for-21 from 3-point range and are 8-for-44 from 3-point range in their last two games. The common denominator: zone defenses by Syracuse and Providence.
But a zone defense doesn’t explain the Golden Eagles’ 6-for-15 performance from the free-throw line.
“There’s no excuse for our free throw shooting,” Crean said. “There really isn’t.”
Marquette has lost two straight, the first time in eight seasons under Crean that they have opened conference play with two losses.
Crean said the Golden Eagles might have been thrown off by injuries to Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews, who bumped heads during practice last Monday. Matthews played in the loss to Providence on Thursday but McNeal sat out.
McNeal said he felt “good” in his return on Sunday but didn’t feel so good about the team’s shooting.
“It’s just a matter of time before the shots start falling,” McNeal said.
Eric Devendorf scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Orange. Devendorf is Syracuse’s second-leading scorer, but hasn’t started the past seven games.
“He has been playing well,” Boeheim said. “People talk about starting. Starting doesn’t matter. It’s how many minutes you play. I thought he did the things he needed to do.”
Syracuse went into a prolonged shooting slump after an acrobatic driving layup by Devendorf gave the Orange a 48-46 lead with 9:05 remaining.
The Golden Eagles tied the game 55-55 on a 3-pointer by David Cubillan with 4:03 remaining. But Demetris Nichols’ 3-pointer broke Syracuse’s drought with 2:31 left, putting the Orange up 59-55. Nichols had 17 points, rebounding from a subpar performance against Pittsburgh.
“He made the hardest shot he had to take the whole night, and that was the ballgame, that shot,” Boeheim said. “We were tough down the stretch defensively.”
Marquette finished with 23 turnovers to equal its season high. Syracuse finished with 20.
James, the Golden Eagles’ leading scorer, was 3-for-12 from the field and 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
“You have got to keep him outside,” Boeheim said. “You can’t let him get to the lane. I thought for the most part we did that. We were good defensively.”
Matthews said Marquette needs to move the ball around to give James more room.
“It’s tough,” said Matthews, who added 14 points. “He’s a marquee player, and a lot of teams are scouting him.”
The Orange had lost their first three games against ranked opponents this season — to No. 10 Pittsburgh at home Thursday, and_Wichita State and Oklahoma State in December.
But Sunday was only the second true road game of the season for the Orange.
“Everybody talked about us playing home games, and we did play a lot of home games,” Boeheim said. “But if you look at them, we had a lot of trouble. We have had nothing but tough games.”
Center Darryl Watkins scored 14 and added a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior forward Terrence Roberts scored eight in his second game back after missing two games with a sprained left knee.
It was the teams’ first meeting since 1985, a 71-53 home victory for Syracuse. The Golden Eagles joined the Big East last season but did not face the Orange in conference play.
No. 10 Pittsburgh 69, South Florida 48: At Pittsburgh, Levance Fields scored 11 points, and Pittsburgh (14-2, 2-0 Big East) overcame another low-scoring game from Aaron Gray.
The 7-foot Gray, the Big East preseason player of the year, had seven points for his fourth straight game in single figures. Kentrell Gransberry had 14 points for South Florida (9-7, 0-2).
Rutgers 54, Cincinnati 42: In Cincinnati, Adrian Hill, Jaron Griffin and Marquis Webb each scored 13 points to lead Rutgers past the cold-shooting Bobcats.



Purple Tigers display tourney toughness

CALEDONIA — Cortland High wrestlers crowned seven champions while running off with the team title at the Caledonia-Mumford Tournament on Saturday.
Mike Gates at 112 pounds, Barry Kinney at 125 pounds, A.J. Meldrim at 135 pounds, Brandon Fitzgerald and 145 pounds and Dan Foster at 160 pounds all finished first in their respective weight classes without losing a match.
Gates pinned all three of his opponents en route to his title, while Fitzgerald and Foster each flattened two foes while posting 4-0 records. Meldrim and Kinney were also 4-0 on the day.
With some teams dropping out at the last minute, the tournament had a different format. Each weight class was seeded and wrestled as a round robin, which ensured several matches for every entry.
It also allowed CHS to enter more than one wrestler in a weight class — with Kinney taking his title at 125-pounds by handing teammate Kyle Cute his lone loss. Cute went 3-1 with two pins to take second in that weight class.
“It was good. We did the best we could do and got in a lot of matches. You can’t quibble about that,” said Coach Dave Darrow after this CHS success. “For us, we didn’t know their kids, didn’t know any of their names, so we wrestled very well. We were very focused all day long.”
The Purple Tigers finished with 321 points, which Churchville-Chili second with 223 in this field of six squads.
Also placing first for CHS were Shaq Sanders (3-1) at 96 and Garret Morse (3-1) at 103. Other second place showings came from Montana Sanders (2-1) at 130, Coty Cute (2-0) at 171_and Jon Wood (4-1) at 215. All four wins by Wood came via pin, his lone loss to the top-seeded wrestler.
Josh Morehouse went 3-1 with a pin while taking third 189, his lone loss a one-point decisions setback. Eric Reisweber (3-1) at 103 and Corby Reynolds (1-3) also finished third and picked up pin victories.
The Purple Tigers have a week to prepare for the Central Square Tournament being held Friday and Saturday.
Team standings: Cortland 321, Churchville-Chili 223, Canisteo-Greenwood 198, Caledonia-Mumford 121, Dansville 70, Oakfield-Alabama 28



First-place CBA tops Purple girls

SYRACUSE— Amanda Billy scored 21 to power the hot-shooting Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy girls to a 71-52 OHSL Freedom Division basketball win over visiting Cortland High Saturday.
The first place Brothers (7-0 division and overall) buried 10 shots from 3-point range during the win. Cortland fell to 6-2 in division play and 9-3 overall, despite getting 21 points and nine rebounds from forward Amanda Lawlor.
“CBA shot the ball very well from the outside,” said Cortland coach Dick Penoyer. “They hit seven 3-pointers in the first half. We started the game with a 2-3 zone defense, but changed to man-to-man. That helped to settle things down a little.”
CBA worked hard to build a 20-14 lead in the first quarter, but pulled away as the sharpshooters from the outside helped The Brothers score 21 more points while holding visiting Tigers to just 11 points for a 41-25 halftime cushion.
After each team scored 13 points in the third quarter, the home team added three more points than Cortland did in the final eight minutes to post the final 71-52 tally.
“CBA did not do a lot of full-court pressing, which is one of the normal things they do,” said Penoyer. “They did play a good half-court game.
“We also turned the ball over too many times on unforced errors,” Penoyer added. “We did do a really nice job on boards.”
In addition to Billy, Leanne Ockenden netted 15 points for CBA while Sara Paulus tallied 14 points.
Fawn Lolar added 10 points while Deanna Bishop netted eight points and seven rebounds for the Purple Tigers.
CHS will return to action Tuesday when the Purple Tigers travel to Fulton. JV action will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs lost to Syracuse CBA 42-23. Maggie Reagan led the Purple Tigers (0-10) with 11 points.