February 06, 2007


SU fouls up at UConn


Associated Press/Bob Child
Connecticut’s Jeff Adrien blocks a shot by Syracuse’s Eric Devendorf in the second half of Monday’s Big East game. Connecticut defeated Syracuse 67-60.

Associated Press Writer

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said he was quite scared entering Monday night’s big showdown with Syracuse and longtime rival and friend Jim Boeheim.
Sixteen of the greatest players and coaches in Connecticut history were being honored at halftime, and many of them were sitting right behind the Husky bench.
“I really, really quite frankly didn’t want to let them down tonight,” Calhoun said.
He didn’t. The Huskies went on a 12-3 run to close the game and Calhoun picked up his 500th win at the school, a 67-60 victory over the Orange.
Craig Austrie led UConn (15-8, 4-6 Big East) with 14. Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price each had 12 and Jerome Dyson and Marcus Johnson chipped in 10 each for the Huskies, who have won two in a row after a five-game losing streak.
“We knew that it was going to be a special night here tonight, and we wanted to come out here and make sure we made it special,” said Price. “We didn’t want to mess it up by taking a loss.”
After the final buzzer, Adrien jumped on the media table in front of the UConn students, pumped his fist in the air and yelled, “Stay with us!”
“Seasons have defining moments, good or bad,” Calhoun said. “Is this the one? I have no idea. We’ll look back and say it was just a gutty game by Connecticut, or we might say it was the beginning of the maturity of Connecticut.”
Demetris Nichols led all scorers with 20 points for Syracuse (16-8, 5-5) including 13 to keep his team in the game in the second half. Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf each added 13 for the Orange.
But Syracuse committed 25 fouls, to 14 for UConn, and played most of the second half with three key players in foul trouble. Darryl Watkins picked up his fourth 11 seconds into the second half. Terrance Roberts joined him on the bench with 14:24 remaining and Matt Gorman got his fourth with 8:16 left.
Roberts, who had five blocked shots despite the foul trouble, came back in, but fouled out of the game with 6:07 remaining and Syracuse up 57-55.
UConn scored the next eight points, the last on a free throw by Hasheem Thabeet after Watkins picked up his fifth foul with 3:42 remaining.
“They had the home court advantage tonight,” Roberts said. “It was to the extreme, but what can you do.”
Dyson sealed the win, hitting three key free throws and intercepting a pass from Devendorf down the stretch.
Syracuse jumped out to an early 16-9 lead as UConn had trouble handling the Orange’s 2-3 zone, and hit just three of their first 10 shots.
But the guard play of Price and Austrie kept the Huskies in the game. Price connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to make the score 16-15 with 8:30 to go before intermission. When Austrie hit a 3-pointer, and Marcus Johnson followed with a dunk off a Thabeet block, UConn had a 22-21 lead.
The Huskies led 28-27 at the break.
Neither team shot well, UConn hitting on just under 36 percent from the floor, while holding Syracuse to 38 percent. The Huskies outrebounded Syracuse 49-32, led by Adrien, who had 12 and picked up his 12th double-double of the season.
Calhoun has a career mark of 500-185 at UConn and is 748-322 in his 35-year Hall of Fame coaching career, good enough for 12th place on the Division I all-time wins list. Boeheim, another Hall of Famer, is 742-261 in his 31st year at Syracuse, and in 14th place on that list.
After the game, Calhoun spent several minutes chatting with the media about his team, and the halftime honor for 13 players and three coaches who had their names placed on the wall at Gampel Pavilion.
Boeheim followed him to the podium, and talked for less than 10 seconds.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well, we didn’t execute well, and we’re not going to win any games when the fouls are 25 to 14 and we’re playing zone and they’re playing man-to-man,” he said.
Marist 79, Rider 78: Senior guard Will Whittington led all scorers with 32 points, shooting 8-of-15 on 3-pointers, to lead Marist to a win at Ridert.
The victory left Marist (17-7, 9-4 MAAC) back in a tie for first place with Loyola, Md., in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior forward Jason Thompson led Rider, shooting 9-of-16 for 22 points. He was followed by younger brother, freshman guard Ryan Thompson, who added 16 points and five rebounds.
Albany 61, Hartford 55: Jason Siggers scored 18 points to lead Albany to a victory over Hartford in an America East game.
Brian Lillis and Brent Wilson each scored 10 for Albany (17-7, 10-2 American East), which extended its winning streak to seven games. Bo Taylor had 17 points and Joe Zeglinski 14 for Hartford (9-15, 3-8), which lost its eighth straight game.


Stingers shine at District Championships

AUBURN — Though missing a handful of swimmers due to the flu, the Cortland Stingers still had plenty of success at the annual Central New York YMCA District Championships held this past Saturday.
Scott McLaughlin won three individual events in his Class C (11-12 year old) age group for the boys, while Cortland girls came away with the team trophy in the Class D (9-10) age group.
McLaughlin touched first in the 200-yard freestyle, the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard breaststroke.
The Auburn YMCA hosted the meet, which included Cortland, Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Norwich and Oneonta. A field of 486 swimmers competed overall.
Four Stingers had two individual first place showings — Annie Steve (Class D), Madison Bossard (Class D), Lukas Pizzola (Class D) and Gregory Wissink (Class A). Other first places came from Taeho Ryu (Class B), Katie Sinclair (Class C), Quinn Kennedy (Class D), Emily Elliott (Class E) and Robby Belton (Class E).
To go along with the team title for Class D girls, Cortland also placed second in four age groups — Class E boys, Class C boys, Class B girls and Class A boys.
“The swimmers did an outstanding job at this meet,” said Stingers head coach Mike Falls. “The kids know that everyone at this meet is trying to out-race a Cortland swimmer. Many Stingers stepped up and had more than one personal best time. The Stingers, as a team, recorded over 80 personal best times at the meet.”
The Stingers visit Watertown Saturday for a meet against the Sharks that was postponed from an earlier date. Then five weeks of hard training leads up to the 2007 New York State Championships the Stingers will host at the SUNY Cortland PER Center on March 16-18.



Couple of wins for Pee Wee skaters

The Waste Management/Darl Zehr Pee Wee Travel youth hockey team won twice over the weekend, 10-2 at Binghamton and 6-2 over visiting Clinton.
Aaron Zimmerman had three goals and an assist against Binghamton, while Nick Burton and Leo Riley had two goals and an assist apiece, Casey Bergeron a goal and two assists and Jordan Zehr and Zach Daniels a goal and an assist each. Zach Randall had five saves in goal, while Cory Broyles had four.
Zehr scored twice against Clinton, while Riley and Zach Daniels had a goal and an assist apiece and Dakota Baylor and Casey Dailey one goal each. Randall had eight saves and Broyles 18.
Dylan Riker made 21 saves in goal for the shutout while Matt Sovocool and Alex Fisher had a goal and an assist each and Alex Rosato a goal as the Barden Homes team beat visiting Lysander 3-0 on Saturday.
Fisher and Kayla Welshman scored once each and Riker stopper 24 shots in a 2-1 win at Elmira on Sunday.
The Homer Men & Boys/Goldwyn & Boyland Physical Therapy team beat host Cortland 5-2 on Sunday as Carl Zimmerman had three goals and an assist and Alex Boyland and Jon Podoliak one goal each Goalie saves were not reported, Brandon Paquin and Nick LaLonde both seeing time in the nets for the winners.
Trevor Andrews, Cooper Swartout, Ben Gravel and Jackson Brazo, the latter in a shootout, scored in a 4-4 tie Saturday against visiting Midstate Red. Goalie Ryan Gabriel had 26 saves.
Goalie Tyler Wallace stopped 19 shots on Saturday as the host Wallace Construction/Verizon tea