Attack errors doom Syracuse in loss to Cincinnati

first_img Related Stories Syracuse offense sputters in pair of Big East losses during weekend Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse hung in as much as it could in a competitive match against Cincinnati.The effort was there and the Orange even took a late 20-17 lead in the first set. But after a late debacle that saw Syracuse commit five attack errors in the next seven points, the Bearcats seized the momentum and ultimately won the match 3-0.The Orange’s struggles on offense stemmed from the team’s lack of ball control. While SU scored 22, 20 and 19 points, respectively, in the three sets, it was the 28 attack errors that stood out in the loss. Unlike Cincinnati, Syracuse was unable to get digs without jeopardizing offensive opportunities, giving away crucial points in the process.“Cincinnati’s ball control was unbelievable,” SU coach Leonid Yelin said.Cincinnati’s (9-14, 7-3 Big East) defense thrived compared to Syracuse’s (9-15,1-8 Big East). Not only were the Bearcats well positioned, but they were also scrappier, as SU players described. The Bearcats were able to control the ball and thrive off the Orange’s frantic defense that left the middle defenders out to dry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it all starts with the serve.Syracuse’s serve-receiving struggled at times on Sunday. The Orange failed to win early points in rallies, ultimately exposing its frenzied defense.“When our service-receiving goes down, it’s difficult to run an offense,” Syracuse middle blocker Samantha Hinz said.While ball control is important during the serve, it is just as important during the rally. Many times the Orange was unable to set up outside hitters with effective passes after digs leading to easy defense and offense for the Bearcats.“Digging and setting up defense starts with the block and when (Cincinnati) is disregarding our block and hitting over it, it messes everything up,” said Melina Violas, Syracuse defensive specialist. “You can’t run a good offense without a good first pass, and when we struggle with that like we did today, you are going to lose.”In the third set, Syracuse managed just two blocks, leading to sporadic scrambling on defense. Four different times, Cincinnati’s Emily Hayden finished off a long rally with a kill, taking advantage of the Orange’s failure to finish points.Better ball control leads to better hitting.That was especially true with Silvi Uattara’s performance in Sunday’s game. The freshman outside hitter from Voronezh, Russia, was one of a few lone bright sports on offense for the Orange on Sunday with 11 kills. Waiting patiently on the left side of the court, Uattara would unload on shots that the Bearcats defense could rarely dig.“If you have ball control, you will make your hitters better,” Yelin said. “And ours was an issue from the beginning.” Commentscenter_img Published on October 22, 2012 at 12:08 am Contact Bryan: bwrubin@syr.edulast_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Before the game, Coach Frank Vogel described a new starting lineup with Davis at center, Kuzma at power forward and Quinn Cook at point guard as something he “wanted to play around with” after the Lakers’ last loss to the Rockets on Feb. 6. But regular center JaVale McGee was also inactive via a coaching decision, and he cheered from the bench while wearing sweatpants and sandals.The team also had a goal to give Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith more foothold with their new teammates. While they certainly played more minutes, it was arguable how valuable those minutes were: They combined for just 4 for 17 shooting.Talen Horton-Tucker, a little-used rookie from Iowa State, earned his first NBA points and finished with 10.Vogel said while his team is shooting the lowest percentage of any of the 22 bubble teams from 3-point range, he believed that a regression to the mean is coming.“I do believe in percentages, I do believe in guys trusting in the work they’re putting in,” he said. “The law of averages plays out. And I’m OK getting all these misses out of the way now.” “They want you to shoot turnarounds,” Kuzma said of the Rockets, “they want you to shoot threes because they’re small, and you just got to pound them inside. It worked for us, but not enough.”Rather than reversing their chilly 3-point shooting trend, the Lakers largely ignored it. They had a 13-minute stretch where they attempted none at all. This was a considerable concession to the Rockets, who knocked down 21 of their 57 attempts from distance.The game was its most interesting during a five-minute stretch that saw the Lakers on a 10-0 run that tightened the game to 94-87. But Harden broke the Rockets out of the jam with a contested run to the rim, and then three unanswered 3-pointers later, the rally was over.The Lakers said James was out with right groin soreness, which has periodically flared up throughout the last year-and-a-half, but has also served as a go-to explanation for an abundance of caution, especially on back-to-backs. Alex Caruso also missed the game with neck soreness. During a hard fall on Wednesday night against the Thunder, Caruso appeared to grab his neck and wince with discomfort.The James-Caruso duo, the Lakers’ chief table-setters, were sorely missed as possessions were often one-man affairs, or wound up with turnovers. The Lakers finished with 24 turnovers to just 18 assists.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPreviousThe Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets forward Ben McLemore, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) who makes a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, leaps to shoot while defended by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, center top, gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) holds the ball while defended by Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) takes a backward shot against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, reacts before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 13Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Expand“Offensively, we haven’t been great,” Danny Green said. “Everybody knows that.”Rockets guard James Harden starred even without backcourt mate Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion), skating into the lane with relative ease and splashing five 3-pointers. Harden finished with a game-high 39 points and 12 assists.The Lakers attempted to funnel their aggression into the lane, outscoring small-ball Houston in the paint 58-30. But while Anthony Davis muscled his way inside for 17 points and 12 rebounds, he also was swarmed, giving up seven turnovers without James to draw away defensive attention.Davis did not speak to the media following the game.Kyle Kuzma, who was in the starting lineup, finished with a team-best 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting to continue a good stretch of play in the bubble. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There might come a time when Rockets-Lakers is a playoff series, pitting some of the NBA’s most vibrant stars and two extremely divergent basketball philosophies at odds.Thursday’s game between those teams offered very little insight into what that matchup might look like.Without LeBron James or any discernible sense of cohesion, the Lakers lost a 113-97 match to Houston that brought them closer to the playoffs, but no closer to the team they want to be when the postseason arrives.While the Lakers have talked about trying to sharpen their play in the remaining seeding games, they haven’t built confidence with a 2-3 record in the restart: The Lakers finished Thursday’s game just 2 for 19 from deep, their worst mark yet in five games.last_img read more

College World Series 2019: Michigan first Big Ten team in 50-plus years to reach finals

first_imgCinderella Michigan keeps rolling in the College World Series.The Wolverines, one of the last four teams to make this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament, clinched a spot the championship finals Friday with a 15-3 victory over Texas Tech in Omaha, Neb. They will face Vanderbilt in a best-of-three series beginning Monday. Henry, Kauffmann and reliever Jeff Criswell have been the only three pitchers used by Michigan during the College World Series. Criswell worked the final three innings Friday for the save.BENDER: Michigan puts Big Ten baseball on the map in OmahaMichigan’s unexpected run began with winning a regional hosted by defending champion Oregon State. The Wolverines then took down No. 1 overall seed UCLA in the super regionals. They are 3-0 in Omaha have lost just twice in the NCAA Tournament. UM is the first Big Ten school to make a College World Series final since Ohio State in 1966. The Buckeyes won the championship that year.Michigan (48-20) began the day in the driver’s seat. It needed to beat the Red Raiders just once to reach the finals, while Texas Tech needed to beat Michigan on Friday and Saturday in the double-elimination format. The Wolverines fell behind 3-2 in the top of the second inning but then took the lead in the bottom half and never looked back. They scored two runs in each of the first three innings and then blew the game open with five runs in the sixth. First baseman Jimmy Kerr became the first Wolverine to hit two home runs in a College World Series game, while center fielder Jesse Franklin added three hits and four RBIs. MORE: Full College World Series scheduleFormidable starting pitching by Tommy Henry and Karl Kauffmann has been key to the team’s dominance since the beginning of regional play. The duo has allowed 13 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings (2.13 ERA), with Kauffmann allowing three over six innings Friday to earn the win. Henry (Diamondbacks) and Kauffmann (Rockies) were selected 74th and 77th overall, respectively, in the 2019 MLB Draft.last_img read more