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Defensive changes, 3-point shooting, and more fast reactions from Syracuse’s 75-64 loss to South Dakota State

first_imgIn a back and forth game that featured scoring runs from each team in both of the final quarters, 6-seed South Dakota State (28-6, 15-1 Summit) eventually pulled away to upset No. 3 Syracuse, (25-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast), 75-64, to advance to the Sweet 16 in Portland. Madison Guebert led the way for the Jackrabbits with 20 points, 18 coming via the 3-pointer. Tiana Mangakahia scored 18 points to go along with 8 assists, which surpassed Alexis Peterson by one for most in Syracuse history. The loss is SU’s first at home to a non-power 5 team since 2006, head coach Quentin Hillsman’s first season.Here are three immediate takeaways from Monday’s game.Kiara’s sparkKiara Lewis subbed into the game at the 6:24 mark in the first quarter, and for the remainder of the first half was arguably Syracuse’s best player. She scored seven points in the final five minutes, including a pull-up, and-1 jumper that put the Orange up 18-17 with two minutes to go. She stayed aggressive throughout the period and nearly finish it with another and-1, but settled with a couple of free throw attempts. Lewis’ play was similar to that of her performance versus Notre Dame last month when she played the majority of the first half in place of Mangakahia. She finished with a game-high nine first-half points on Monday, helping SU jump out to an early double-digit lead. Defensive adaptationsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a matchup of two top-20 teams in the country in terms of scoring offense, both teams’ defensive schemes switched between man and zone. The Orange, who have played a 2-3 zone defense the whole season, adjusted to a man-to-man press and halfcourt defense throughout the game. South Dakota State, which usually uses man-to-man as its primary defensive gameplan, hit Syracuse back with its own 2-3 zone, which flustered SU. The Jackrabbits made the switch late in the second quarter after they fell behind by 12 points. Thanks in part to its zone, however, SDSU ended the half on a 9-0 run to cut the Orange’s lead to just two at the break. Third quarter 3-point festSouth Dakota State went into halftime down two after a strong finish to the first half and continued its run into the third quarter and caught fire from deep. After falling behind 45-40, the Jackrabbits got a bucket in the paint to kick off the run. Then Madison Guebert nailed a 3 that tied the game at 45, which kicked off a game-changing streak of 3s. After Myah Selland grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball back up to give South Dakota State the lead, Guebert nailed another 3 two minutes later. She was followed by Sydney Palmer, whose triple pushed SDSU’s lead to a game-high eight points. Amaya Finklea-Guity ultimately stopped the run with a short right hook, but not before South Dakota State had gone on a 13-0 run and taken control of the game. The Jackrabbits went into the fourth quarter up six and trailed briefly to begin the final period, but had the opportunity to pull away late thanks to their third-quarter scoring streak, which kept them in the game. Comments Published on March 25, 2019 at 9:00 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Purple & Bold: Welcome back, Brandon Ingram

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error https://t.co/O8dxxqy5ll was the best young Laker during the painful rebuild.. so happy for BI#LakeShow but it netted us Davis..— chucky is back (@raider_chucky) January 3, 2020 Editor’s note: This is the Jan. 3 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Lakers Nation is happy for you, Brandon Ingram.Fans are happy for themselves, too, of course: Anthony Davis’ 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds have helped lift the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 27-7 record.But folks in L.A. also are plenty glad to see B.I. – whose Lakers’ tenure ended with him dangling as trade bait and beset by a stunning diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis in his shoulder – becoming a leader in New Orleans. When the Pelicans faced the Suns earlier this month, Ingram broke into a dead sprint to try to affect what looked like a no-doubt-about-it Kelly Oubre Jr. dunk. Ingram was unsuccessful. He crashed to the floor in a heap.“He was in foul trouble that game,” Josh Hart said. “I was like, ‘Big fella, might wanna let that one go next time. We’d rather have you in there.’ He was like, ‘No. I’ve got to set the tone.’ That’s the kind of leader he is.”Ah, yes.Josh Hart will be back too, as will Lonzo Ball (who produced a 27-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double last time out in a victory over Houston). Hart is averaging career-highs in points (10.9), rebounds (5.9) and assists (1.5).Maybe that all sits well with you, too, Lakers fans? After tonight, perhaps?— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingHey, now! – They’re the leading All-Star vote-getters.Hold on tight – The Lakers had a rocky landing in a New Year’s Day win over Phoenix.L.A. remembers David Stern – “My father, Dr. Buss, told me if I ever needed guidance or advice or counsel to call David, that I could trust him and rely on him.”Party time – The Lakers were having fun entering 2020.LeBron vs. Father Time – Who ya got?Who’s booing now? – KCP has turned things around with gusto.Honest Ingram – “When I look at other guys, I’m like, ‘This (guy) got an extension?’”Pushing the pace – Nola is learning Lonzo is at his best when he’s going 200 beats per minute. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn Friday night, Ingram will lead the Pelicans – don’t look now, but they’ve won five of six games – for a rematch with his original team at Staples Center for the first time.He returns as the ninth-leading All-Star vote-getter among Western Conference frontcourt players (with 118,188 votes).He was just named Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time following a four-game stretch in which he averaged 25.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists and the Pelicans went undefeated, beating Portland, Denver, Indiana and Houston.For the season – the final one on a rookie contract before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer – Ingram is averaging 25.3 points (12th-most in the NBA), 7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. What’s more is what the soft-spoken, slender 22-year-old is contributing in terms of tone-setting.A recent, telling anecdote out of the Crescent City, via the New Orleans Advocate’s Christian Clark:last_img read more

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